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Become an AP Exam Reader

What happens at the AP Reading?

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"The AP Reading is the single best professional development experience I have. I personally value the experience because it helps me refine my pedagogical skills and strategies and because it's a communal, morale-boosting experience for teachers."

Mary Trachsel
Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric
University of Iowa, Iowa City
The AP Reading

Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. AP Exam Readers are led by a Chief Reader, a college professor who has the responsibility of ensuring that students receive scores that accurately reflect college-level achievement. More than 13,000 teachers and college faculty participated in the 2015 Reading.

Secondary school Readers can receive certificates awarding professional development hours and continuing education units (CEUs). Readers who travel to the AP Reading are provided with an honorarium and their travel expenses, lodging, and meals are covered.

In addition to scoring the exams, being an AP Reader gives you a chance to:
  • Exchange ideas with faculty, teachers and AP Development Committee members
  • Establish friendships within a worldwide network of faculty members
  • Become familiar with AP scoring standards, which provide valuable knowledge for scoring your own students' essays

AP teachers and college faculty can also participate in the AP Reading from their home or office with flexible, part-time schedules for selected subjects. In 2016, online distributed scoring opportunities are available for AP Seminar and AP U.S. History: Short Answer, allowing a larger number of our colleagues to participate in more flexible ways, and extending professional development benefits to a greater percentage of AP teachers. Online distributed Readers will:
  • Score exam responses from AP high school students
  • Learn how to apply a rubric consistently

The AP Reading strives to reach a diverse group of educators. Women and educators from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are particularly encouraged to take part in this unique professional development opportunity.

Readers are particularly needed for the following subjects: 

Art History
Computer Science A
Environmental Science
European History: Short Answer
Human Geography
Seminar (online)
Spanish Language and Culture
U.S. Government and Politics
U.S. History: DBQ and Long Essay
U.S. History: Short Answer (online)
World History

Eligibility Requirements

College Readers must have taught at least one college course comparable to the AP course within the past three years. Secondary school Readers must currently teach the AP course in a face-to-face classroom setting and have at least three years of experience teaching that course. There are two exceptions to this rule:

  • If the AP course is new, teachers must demonstrate appropriate expertise and teaching experience.
  • Teachers who are teaching an online/virtual AP course may apply if they have at least three years of experience teaching the course in a face-to-face classroom setting.

Please note that the Chief Readers who review the applications will need your CV or résumé and course syllabus. If you have any questions about the application process or about any other aspect of the AP Reading, please call
855-827-5387 or email apreader@ets.org.

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