Students who wish to take an AP Exam with accommodations must receive College Board approval before the AP Exam ordering deadline — and it can take about seven weeks for an accommodations request to be processed. That’s why all documentation should be submitted no later than mid-February. For this school year’s exact deadline, view the Calendar.
Taking AP Exams with Accommodations
To take AP Exams with accommodations, students with documented disabilities must request accommodations from College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).
Start the Request Process Early
Students Should Contact Their School
Students approved for College Board accommodations should speak to their AP Coordinator, SSD Coordinator, or school counselor well in advance of the exam to make sure their school knows that they will be taking AP Exams with accommodations.
Learn what to expect on AP Exams.
Test Day Details
Students sign up for and take AP Exams at school. Students should bring their Eligibility Letter from the College Board to every exam.
Extended Time on AP Exams
Under standard testing conditions, most AP Exams take two to three hours to complete. For subjects that correspond to half-year college courses, the exam is closer to two hours in length. Extended time accommodations are typically for 50 or 100 percent additional testing time.
When students are approved by the College Board for extended time, they’re approved in some or all of five competencies (reading, mathematical calculation, written expression, listening, and speaking). AP Exam takers receive extended time only for exams or sections utilizing the competencies in which they are approved.
See Extended Time Accommodation for more information.
Extra and Extended Breaks
Under standard testing conditions, most AP Exams include a 10-minute break between the two sections. Students with disabilities can be approved by the College Board for different types of breaks:
- Extra breaks. Details are provided in the AP Coordinator’s Manual.
- Extended breaks: Students break at the same point as nondisabled test-takers but for a longer period.
- Breaks as needed: Students may break at any time during the exam for as long as needed, within reason.
See Extra and Extended Breaks for more information.
Testing Without Accommodations
Students who are approved for accommodations but want to test without them must notify their school before test day. Students under 18 must provide the school with a signed parental consent accepting this change.