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Important Updates

For more information, please see the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 (available in late fall). The Exam Instructions will be available in 2020.

What Students Should Bring

  • 2 sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) for completing multiple-choice answer sheets.
  • 2 pens, with black or dark blue ink only, for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams.
  • A watch that doesn’t have internet access, doesn’t beep, and doesn’t have an alarm (in case the exam room doesn’t have a clock that can be easily seen).
  • Up to 2 calculators with the necessary capabilities if they are taking an AP Exam in biology, calculus, chemistry, environmental science, physics, or statistics. Instruct students to visit apstudents.org/courses and go to the calculator policy section within their course page for the specific calculator policy.
  • A ruler or straightedge, only if they are taking an AP Exam in physics. Protractors are not allowed.
  • A government-issued or school-issued photo ID if they do not attend the school where they are taking the exam.
  • Their College Board SSD Accommodations Letter if they are taking an exam with approved testing accommodations.

What Students Should Not Bring*

  • Electronic equipment (phones, smartwatches, or wearable technology of any kind, laptops, tablet computers, Bluetooth devices, portable listening or recording devices—MP3 player, iPod®, etc.—cameras or photographic equipment, devices that can access the internet, separate timers of any type, and any other electronic or communication devices) are prohibited in the exam room and break area.
  • Books, compasses, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or notes
  • Mechanical pencils, No. 3 pencils, or colored pencils
  • Rulers or straightedges (these are allowed only for AP Exams in physics).
  • Protractors
  • Scratch paper (notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets or, for AP Chinese Language and Culture and AP Japanese Language and Culture Exams, on scratch paper provided by the proctor)
  • Computers or calculators (except as previously noted)
  • Reference guides, keyboard maps, or other typing instructions
  • Watches that beep or have an alarm
  • Food or drink
  • Clothing or shoes with subject-related information
  • Ear plugs
  • Clipboards

*Unless approved as an accommodation by College Board’s SSD office before the exam date.