Advanced Placement (AP) Exams


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What is the AP exam?

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables students to pursue courses of university-level while still in high school. Indian students who are planning on pursuing their undergraduate studies in the Australia, Canada, Singapore, U.K., and U.S., and other countries are eligible to receive university credit, or even consideration during the admission process for the AP Exam scores.

Taking the AP course helps the student stand out during the process of college admissions, by showing admissions officers that the student underwent rigorous curricula to attain college credit. This helps move into higher-level courses sooner, provides the opportunity to apply for a double major, and possibly even graduate early. This also translates into saving on tuition fees and time. Scholarships and awards are another prospects depending upon your score in the AP Exam.

Eligibility criteria

Registration for College Board's Advanced Placement Program is open for all eligible students, including those who are currently not enrolled in the program. You must be below 21 years of age at the time of the exam, and you must bring your original and valid passport to the test center on the day of the exam.

The program is flexible, and you can decide how many exams you want to take in a particular year. The ideal time to enroll for the course and take the exam is in 11th or 12th grade, but some students take the exams after 10th grade as well. In the case of a one-year gap between high school and university, or in case of military service, or any other special circumstance, exceptions are made and you will be able to take the exam even if you are over the maximum age limit of 21 years.

Exam pattern/ format

The Advanced Placement Program offers 34 courses and exams across mathematics, sciences, social sciences, arts and world language, but individual schools and test centers determine the subjects to be offered. In India, 22 different AP exam courses are available for you to choose from.

The Advanced Placement exams' duration can vary from 90 minutes to 200 minutes. It depends on the subject. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and a free response section.

The examination is offered in paper and pencil format.

The subjects offered are:

  • World Languages and Culture
    • Chinese Language and Culture
    • French Language and Culture
    • German Language and Culture
    • Italian Language and Culture
    • Japanese Language and Culture
    • Latin
    • Spanish Language and Culture
    • Spanish Literature and Culture
  • Arts
    • 2-D Arts and Design
    • 3-D Arts and Design
    • Art History
    • Drawing
    • Music Therapy
  • History and Social Sciences
    • Comparative Government and Politics
    • European History
    • Human Geography
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • Psychology
    • United States Government and Politics
    • United States History
    • World History
  • Sciences
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Environmental Science
    • Physics 1 (Algebra based)
    • Physics 2 (Algebra based)
    • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
    • Physics C: Mechanics
  • English
    • English Language and Composition
    • English Literature and Composition
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Calculus AB
    • Calculus BC
    • Computer Science A
    • Computer Science Principles
    • Statistics

Scoring method

Students with an AP score of three or higher in the five-point Advanced Placement score system are said to be successful, and have the opportunity to apply for the AP level college courses. Research shows that students who achieve a score higher than three tend to experience easier and better academic success in college, in comparison to their peers.

Exam schedule

  • The Advanced Placement Exam is conducted in the month of May.
  • The registration for the Advanced Placement Program is yet to be announced.
  • The deadline for registration for the Advanced Placement Program is yet to be announced.
  • The Advanced Placement Program examinations will be held between 4th May 2020 to 15th May 2020. The late testing exam will begin 20th May 2020 and is likely to end on 22nd May 2020.

Week 1 schedule of Advanced Placement Exam 2020 -

Date and DayMorningAfternoon
8:00 AM12 noon2:00 PM
4th May 2020, MondayUnited States Government and PoliticsPhysics C: MechanicsPhysics C: Electricity and Magnetism
5th May 2020, TuesdayCalculus ABGerman Language and Culture 
Calculus BCHuman Geography
6th May 2020, WednesdayEnglish Literature and CompositionEuropean History
Physics 2: Algebra-Based
7th May 2020, Thursday  ChemistryJapanese Language and Culture
Spanish Literature and CulturePhysics 1: Algebra-Based
8th May 2020, FridayUnited States HistoryArt History
Computer Science A

Week 2 schedule of Advanced Placement Exam 2020 -

Date and DayMorningAfternoon
8:00 AM12 noon
11th May 2020, MondayBiologyChinese Language and Culture
Environmental Science
12th May 2020, TuesdaySeminarLatin
Spanish Language and CulturePsychology
13th May 2020, WednesdayEnglish Language and CompositionMicroeconomics
Music Theory
14th May 2020, ThursdayComparative Government and PoliticsItalian Language and Culture
World History: ModernMacroeconomics
15th May 2020, FridayComputer Science PrinciplesStatistics
French Language and Culture

Late testing schedule of Advanced Placement Exam 2020 -

Date and DayMorningAfternoon
8:00 AM12 noon
20th May 2020, WednesdayEnglish Language and CompositionChemistry
European HistoryComputer Science A
MicroeconomicsJapanese Language and Culture
Physics C: MechanicsLatin
PsychologyMusic Theory
StatisticsPhysics C: Electricity and Magnetism
21st May 2020, ThursdayBiologyArt History
Computer Science PrinciplesChinese Language and Culture
Environmental ScienceFrench Language and Culture
Physics 1: Algebra-BasedItalian Language and Culture
United States HistoryPhysics 2: Algebra-Based
World History: Modern 
22nd May 2020, FridayCalculus ABComparative Government and Politics
Calculus BCGerman Language and Culture
English Literature and CompositionMacroeconomics
Human GeographySpanish Language and Culture
SeminarSpanish Literature and Culture
United States Government and Politics 

Exam fee

AP ExamCost
Regular AP Exam fee USD 94
AP Capstone (AP Seminar and AP Research USD 142
Late fee USD 40
Late Testing fee USD 40

You can make your payment once you complete the Registration Process. Payments can be made either through Net Banking or via a Credit Card. The list of banks which can be used for payments and credit cards are mentioned below, along with the bank code:

  • 10 - ICICI Bank
  • 50 - Axis Bank
  • 120 - Corporation Bank
  • 130 - Yes Bank
  • 140 - Karnataka Bank
  • 160 - Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • 170 - Bank of Rajasthan
  • 190 - Union Bank of India
  • 180 - South Indian Bank
  • 200 - Vijaya Bank
  • 230 - Citi Bank
  • 240 - Bank of India
  • 270 - Federal Bank
  • 280 - Allahabad Bank
  • 300 - HDFC Bank
  • 310 - Bank of Baroda
  • 330 - Deutsche Bank
  • 340 - Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait
  • 350 - J&K Bank
  • 370 - Dhanlaxmi Bank
  • 420 - Indian Overseas Bank
  • 440 - City Union Bank
  • 450 - Standard Chartered Bank
  • 490 - Indian Bank
  • 520 - IDBI Bank
  • 530 - State Bank of India
  • 540 - Development Credit Bank
  • 550 - State Bank of Mysore
  • 560 - State Bank of Hyderabad
  • 570 - United Bank of India
  • 620 - TamilNad Mercantile Bank
  • 680 - State Bank of Travancore

Exam Centers

The Advanced Placement examinations are administered at authorized USIEF centers and schools across 11 Indian cities:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Amritsar
  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Rajkot

Getting the AP Score

The exams will be held between May 4th to May 15th, 2020. Scores will be accessible online in July.

Application procedure

Each test center has its own procedures. It is advised to check the procedure for the center nearest to you, before the deadline for registration.

Test Preparation Tips

The College Board website has many practice questions for every subject, which you can use to practice. It has questions of the Free Response format, and also has scoring guidelines for your perusal.

Make sure you do enough practice, so that you are able to select your answer easily among the choices offered, without spending too much time on that section. The time constraint applies to the Free Response section as well. Ensure that you have enough time to attempt to answer every question.

Write down every step used to work out the solution as the methodology is important. If you find that your working is incorrect, instead of spending time erasing it, strike it with an 'X'.

If your answer is partial, do not round them. Store it in your calculator, so that you can directly use the number in further calculations without scope of errors.

While choosing a calculator, a graphing calculator is advised, as it helps for questions with graph functions, numerical derivatives, computation of definite integrals, and to solve equations.


For more information, contact College Board International.

The College Board,
45 Columbus Avenue,
New York, NY 10023-6992
United States of America
Tel: +1-212-373-8738
Email: [email protected]
Fax: +1-646-417-7350

The College Board,

1233 20th Street NW,
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036-2375
Tel: +1-202-741-4700
Fax: +1-202-741-4745

You can also contact USIEF.

United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF),
12 Hailey Road,
New Delhi, 110-001
Tel: +91-114-209-0909 / +91-112-332-8944
Email: [email protected]
Fax: +91-112-332-9718

About Elizabeth Joseph

Elizabeth Joseph has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering and dabbles in poetry and article writing.
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