You’ve studied long hours. You’ve read your notes and course books every night. And you’ve written so many essays, it feels like your hand is permanently cramped. Now you’re finally ready for the AP® European History Exam. But wait. Don’t head out to the testing facility just yet. You need to make sure you have everything you need to have a successful testing experience. You also need to make sure you don’t accidentally bring anything along that could jeopardize your months of studying.

Let’s take a look at all the things you can—and cannot—bring to the AP® European History Exam.

What can I bring to the AP® European History Exam?

Students may bring the following items with them to the testing facility. Note: Not all of the items below will apply to you as it might be dependent on your situation (e.g. Student Accommodations Letter).

  • Two No. 2 pencils with erasers. These will be used on the multiple-choice section of the exam.
  • Two black or dark blue ink pens. These will be used for any free-response questions you must answer. Be sure to bring black or dark blue ink pens only.
  • Your school’s 6-digit code. This code will be used by the College Board for processing purposes. Note: If you’re homeschooled, you’ll be given your own homeschool code at the time of the exam.
  • A watch. This is a simple analog or digital watch with no internet access or alarms. Don’t even try to bring your smart watch in the room.
  • Government- or school-issued ID. If you don’t go to the school where you’re taking the AP® European History exam, you must also bring a government- or school-issued ID.
  • College Board SSD Student Accommodation Letter. If you require accommodations beyond the regular exam, you’ll receive a letter that verifies this (e.g. you need a braille or large-type exam).

Though you might not use all of these items, it’s worthwhile to bring them anyway to make sure you’re as prepared as possible.

What should I not bring to the AP® European History Exam?

Now that you know what you can bring to the testing facility, let’s take a look at the things you should just leave at home.

Remember: If you don’t follow the rules and bring something you shouldn’t, you can and will be expelled from the testing facility—so stick to the rules.

Here’s what you shouldn’t bring with you:

  • Most electronics, including cell phones, smart watches, watches with alarms, video games, tablets, laptops, mp3 players, cameras, Bluetooth devices, portable radios, recording devices, etc. Good rule of thumb: If it’s an electronic item, don’t bring it into the exam room.
  • Food or drink. While you can’t bring food and drinks into the testing facility, you can have them outside of the room where you can access them during your 10-minute break.
  • Specific calculators. This is going to be less relevant to the AP® European History Exam, but the College Board has a complete list of calculators you can and cannot bring.
  • Notes and books. Even reference materials like a dictionary and a thesaurus are not allowed.
  • No. 3 pencils, mechanical pencils, and colored pencils. Also, leave the gel and glitter pens at home.
  • Scratch paper. Some students like to use it to outline their thoughts for essays throughout their course—that’s fine, but don’t bring any with you on exam day.
  • Rules, protractors, and compasses. Again, less relevant for the AP® European History Exam, but it bears repeating just in case.

Preparation is key

The most important thing you should bring with you is the knowledge you gained from months of studying. With that, we want to help you out.

Download our FREE AP® European History Exam study guide here.

This study guide will give you the tools you need to earn the best score possible on exam day. We crafted it with the help of experts and test-taking professionals to give you the best exam preparation experience possible.

Happy studying!

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