AP Exams (2020 UPDATES)

Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Outbreak, the College Board has made significant changes to the format and administration of AP Exams for the 2019-2020 School Year. Please see the College Board's AP Updates Page for the most up-to-date information. The information below has been updated as it has been released by the College Board. 
Assessment Name(s)
  • varies by test (i.e., AP Biology Exam, etc.)
Vendor/Overseen by
  • College Board
Testing Date(s) for 2019-2020 School Year
Students Testing
  • 9th grade AP students
  • 10th grade AP students
  • 11th grade AP students
  • 12th grade AP students
Purpose and Description
  • End-of-course exams for AP courses
  • Topics covered varies by exam/subject
  • Administered generally as paper-pencil though some tests have technological components
Estimated Time
Interpreting Scores
AP Scale
AP Exam Scale Score Recommendation/Description Equivalent College Course Grade
5 Extremely well-qualified A+ or A
4 Very well-qualified A-, B+, or B
3 qualified B-, C+, or C
2 possibly qualified not passing
1 no recommendation not passing
  • Although the format and number of questions varies from AP exam to AP exam, all AP exams use the above scale
  • By law all Illinois colleges and universities must grant college credit for any student who scores a 3 or higher on an AP exam
  • For more information, click this link to the College Board's website
External Links