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Become an AP Exam Reader

Each June, over 15,000 AP® teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather to score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. These AP Readers are led by a Chief Reader — a college professor who has the responsibility of ensuring that students’ responses are scored to accurately reflect college-level achievement.

“Participation in the AP Reading has definitely had a positive impact on my own teaching. By engaging intensively with the AP free-response tasks, Readers have the opportunity to reflect on their own assessment practices, to discover how their curriculum aligns with those at other institutions, and to engage with fellow teachers from both high schools and universities.”
– Jennifer Redmann, Associate Professor of German, Franklin & Marshall College

Why Become a Reader?

AP Readers often describe the AP Reading as one of the best professional development experiences they have ever had. As an AP Reader you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the expectations of the AP Exam by scoring student work from across the world. Use that knowledge to accurately assess your own students’ work.
  • Exchange ideas and experiences with other teachers, faculty, and AP Development Committee members.
  • Earn professional development hours and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
  • Be compensated. Readers that travel to the Reading receive a stipend of $1,639 and expenses, lodging, and meals are covered.

Eligibility Requirements

College faculty: Must have taught at least one college course comparable to the AP course within the past three years.

High school teachers: 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 or virtual AP course may apply if they have at least three years of experience teaching the course in a face-to-face classroom setting.

Join us! Apply to become a Reader

  • Readers apply and are hired through our partner ETS via the ETS: AP Reader Application.
  • You need to supply a CV and course syllabus as part of your application.
  • Applications are accepted year-round.
  • If you have questions about any aspect of the Reading, check out the FAQs.

We are particularly in need of Readers in:

Dates and Locations

AP Readings occur for seven days throughout the month of June in Cincinnati, OH, Kansas City, MO, Tampa, FL, and Salt Lake City, UT.

The 2017 AP Reading Schedule outlines exactly where and when each Reading is held.

The AP Reading strives to include a diverse array of educators. We seek Readers from every type of institution — small, large, rural, urban, suburban, public, private — and from every state and every country.

New! Opportunities to Participate Online

Readers in select subjects will now be able to score exams online. In 2017, online distributed scoring opportunities will be available in:

  • European History: Short Answer
  • Research
  • Seminar
  • Spanish Language and Culture: Speaking
  • U.S. History: Short Answer

Online scoring allows a larger number of educators to participate, and extends professional development benefits to a greater percentage of AP teachers and college faculty.

Educators who participate in the Reading online will have both full-time and part-time commitment options. Online Readers will receive rubric training, access benchmark samples of student work, and interact with Reading leadership online. Most online Readers who make a full-time commitment will receive compensation comparable to wages paid to on-site AP participants ($1,639).Compensation will be adjusted for part-time work.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, call 855-827-5387 or email apreader@ets.org.

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