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Exam Security

Exam Security

Ensuring a fair and secure testing environment

All students should have the same opportunity to succeed on AP® Exams. Therefore, the AP Program maintains strict test administration and test security procedures to prevent any testing incidents or improper conduct that could disrupt the test administration or give any student an unfair advantage.

Participating schools and students agree to meet all the security requirements in the AP Coordinator’s Manual and the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents.

In Case of a Security Breach

A breach of exam security at a school’s administration site could result in the invalidation of exam scores for individual students or for all the students taking that particular exam at the school. In addition, if a school does not adhere to the policies and procedures detailed in the AP Coordinator’s Manual, it will not be allowed to offer AP Exams in subsequent years and may be held liable for financial damages incurred by the College Board as a result of a breach of security.

If you discover or suspect any issues related to the security of your school’s exams, call the ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) immediately at 609-406-5427 or 609-406-5441 for instructions.

Examples of Misconduct

Exam security policies are detailed in the AP Coordinator’s Manual and the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents. Here are a few examples of misconduct:

  • An AP teacher “interviews” students after the exam to gather information about specific multiple-choice questions or opens an exam before they are administered.
  • A student takes an AP Exam on a day or at a time when it is not supposed to be administered.
  • A student is observed with electronic equipment (cell phone, smartphone, smartwatch, laptop, tablet computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod®, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the internet, or any other electronic or communication prohibited in the exam room.
  • A student uses his or her cell phone during the exam.
  • A student posts to any form of social media during the exam.
  • Anyone (including, but not limited to, the AP coordinator, the proctor, school staff, members of the media, and students) takes photos in the exam room during an exam.

Office of Testing Integrity

If you observe any behavior that might lead to invalidation of scores, contact us as soon as possible.

Office of Testing Integrity
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Phone: (800) 353-8570 (toll-free in the United States and Canada)
or (609) 406-5427
Fax: (609) 406-9709
Email: tsreturns@ets.org

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