What We Know About the 2021 AP® Exams

On December 18, 2020, the College Board made some important announcements about the 2021 AP Exams. The announcement was sent out to AP teachers and additional information was shared with teachers through subject-specific webinars.

To help keep you informed, we’ve compiled this list of everything we know about the 2021 AP Exams so far.

  1. The AP Exams will be full-length and will cover the full curriculum. In spite of the challenges of the pandemic year, the College Board has made clear that colleges will not offer credit for partial AP Exams. Therefore all question types and topics will remain for this year’s exams. (The only exception is AP Physics 1, which will not include Units 8-10 in 2021.)
  1. The 2021 AP exams will be offered either in person or online. According to College Board, schools can elect to offer in-person testing or allow a “digital contingency exam” at home under conditions specified here.
  2. The online exams will not require a continuous wifi connection. According to College Board webinars from the summer and fall, these exams will utilize a different technology that allows for digital download and submission process. Students will not need to maintain a continuous internet connection for the entire exam. The full details of this format will be shared in the future.
  3. There will be three sets of dates for the exams. The first set will be in early May, the second set will be in late May, and the final set will be in early June. Exact dates should be published by early February.
  4. The College Board will be offering live online review sessions the week of April 19-30. But you don’t have to wait until May for free review sessions! Check out Marco Learning’s free events page for upcoming review sessions.
  5. There are no exam cancellation fees this year. This means that you don’t have to decide what you want to do about your exam now. Study as if you are going to take the exam in May, and then you will be ready for anything.
  6. The College Board released new pacing guides for Spring 2021. AP Teachers should check them out here.

We know that the 2020-21 school year has been full of LOTS of changes, and we want to be here for you to make sure you know how to navigate this year’s AP Exams. Follow us on social media and we’ll help keep you up to date on any changes as they come.