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What Students Can and Cannot Bring

What Students Can Bring

  • Several sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers, for all responses on the multiple-choice answer sheet. (Students outside the U.S.: bring HB or No. 2 pencils.)
  • Pens with black or dark blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams.
  • Your 6-digit school code. Home-schooled students will be provided with their state or country home-school code at the time of the exam.
  • A watch that does not have internet access, does not beep, and does not have an alarm.
  • Up to two approved calculators with the necessary capabilities for the AP® Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics exams. Visit our Calculator Policy page to find the calculator policy for each subject and a list of approved graphing calculators.
  • A ruler or straightedge for taking the AP Physics exam. Protractors are not allowed.
  • The AP Student Pack. Students who do not attend the school where they are taking the exam should also bring a current government-issued or school-issued photo ID. (Additional ID may be requested by authorized test centers outside the U.S.)
  • Social Security number (for U.S. citizens) for identification purposes (optional). If students provide their number, it may appear on their AP score report. (Some colleges and universities use Social Security numbers as student identifiers when assigning AP credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP scores. While the College Board does not require students to provide their Social Security number, they may want to check with the college or university where they are sending scores to see if they prefer that you provide a Social Security number.)
  • If applicable, the SSD Student Accommodation Letter, which verifies that the student has been approved for a testing accommodation such as braille or large-type exams.

What Students Cannot Bring

  • Electronic equipment (cell phone, smartphone, laptop, table computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the internet, and any other electronic or communication devices. School-owned handheld recording devices are allowed only for the AP world language and culture exams and the AP Music Theory Exam.
  • Books, compasses, protractors, mechanical pencils, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, notes, or colored pencils (unless highlighters or colored pencils have been preapproved as an accommodation by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities office prior to the exam date).
  • Scratch paper; notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets or, for Chinese Language, and Culture and Japanese Language and Culture, on scratch paper provided by the proctor.
  • Watches that beep or have an alarm, or smartwatches.
  • Computers (unless this has been preapproved as an accommodation by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities office prior to the exam).
  • Reference guides, keyboard maps, or other typing instructions.
  • Clothing with subject-related information.
  • Food or drink (unless this has been preapproved as an accommodation by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities office prior to the exam).

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