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Alternate AP Exam policies

Some circumstances may make it necessary for students to test late. To preserve the security of AP Exams, College Board develops alternate forms of each exam for late testing. Regularly scheduled exams can’t be used for late testing.

All students who participate in late testing must take these alternate exams on the scheduled late-testing dates at the scheduled times. If a school fails to follow AP security procedures and doesn’t administer the alternate exams on the specified dates at the specified times, scores for those exams will be canceled.

Ordering exams for late testing

  • Consult the late-testing schedule for the complete list of dates.
  • Alternate exams for late testing must be ordered through AP Registration and Ordering.
  • Schools are encouraged to place orders for alternate exams as early as possible. You’ll be able to switch existing exam orders to late testing after the ordering deadlines if needed without incurring a late order fee. See the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1 (pdf/19.93 MB) for details.

Late testing reasons with no additional fee

Most reasons for late testing don’t incur the additional late-testing fee. Below are circumstances when late testing is allowed without incurring an additional fee. Other reasons for late testing will incur an additional late-testing fee of $40 per exam.

  • Academic contest/event
  • Athletic contest/event
  • Conflict with IB or Cambridge exam 
  • Conflict with nationally, province-, or state-mandated test 
  • Disabilities accommodations issues
  • Emergency: bomb scare or fire alarm
  • Emergency: serious injury, illness, or family tragedy
  • High school graduation
  • Language lab scheduling conflict
  • Religious holiday/observance
  • School closing: election, national holiday, or natural disaster
  • Strike/labor conflict
  • Student court appearance
  • 2 AP Exams on the same date at the same time