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Get Approved to Administer AP Exams

In order to receive and process students’ data and exam scores, a school must first be approved by the College Board. You do not need to designate which AP® Exams you plan to administer at the start of the process, you are simply registering your school with the College Board so that it is authorized to order and administer the exam.

1. Get a College Board School Code

  • Your school must have an active six-digit College Board school code.
  • If your school already offers AP, PSAT/NMSQT®, or SAT®, you already have a school code. Use the high school code search to look up your code.
  • Schools that need to acquire a code should contact us in the following ways:
    • U.S. schools: Call 877-274-6474 to request a High School Code Request Form.
    • Canadian schools: Contact the College Board office in British Columbia at 800-667-4548.
    • Schools outside the United States and Canada: Contact International Services at international@collegeboard.org or 001 212-373-8738.

2. Select an AP Coordinator

The AP Coordinator assumes primary responsibility for organizing and administering the AP program at your school, and manages the ordering, storing, administering, returning, and purchasing of AP Exam materials.

Who can serve as an AP Coordinator?

  • The AP Coordinator may be a full- or part-time administrator or counselor, faculty member, or other school staff member who is not teaching an AP course.
  • To avoid any perceived conflict of interest, AP teachers cannot serve as AP Coordinators.
  • An AP Coordinator cannot be involved in the handling of any exam materials that an immediate family or household member may take.

Learn more about the administration of AP Exams, and resources available for AP Coordinators, by visiting AP Coordinators.

3. Complete the AP Participation Form

In September, each school receives AP participation materials sent to the attention of the school’s principal: the AP Program Guide (.pdf/1.8MB), an AP Participation Form (.pdf/603KB), an AP Participation Survey, and other information for the upcoming school year.

  • The AP Participation Form is required to order AP Exams. Your principal and AP Coordinator must complete the materials no later than Nov. 15.
  • If you have not received AP participation materials by October, contact AP Services.

Ensuring Testing Room Compliance

The success of any exam administration depends greatly on the suitability of the testing site. Most AP Exams are given in a school’s classrooms, library, or cafeteria, where your students benefit from familiar surroundings and easy access. It’s important to plan ahead to ensure each meets the specific-testing room requirements. Schools with large programs may also want to review the possibility of off-site testing.

Complete requirements can be found in the AP Coordinator’s Manual. The following is a sampling of what you’ll find:

  • Allow no less than five feet (1.5 meters) between students. Distance between students should be measured from the center of one student to the center of the next student.
  • You may seat more than one student at a table, but only if all students face the same direction, are seated on the same side of the table, and the five-foot distance between students can be maintained. To maintain this distance, a table must be at least eight feet (2.43 meters) in length to accommodate two students and at least 13 feet (3.96 meters) to accommodate three students.
  • Round tables are prohibited for testing.
  • The desk or work surface should be an adequate size for each student and must have a minimum writing surface of 12" x 15" (30.4 cm x 38.1 cm). If possible, seat left-handed students in left-handed armchairs. Tablet armchairs designed specifically for right-handed individuals provide an awkward and difficult writing surface for left-handed students. If only right-handed tablet armchairs are available, seat left-handed students behind one another in a separate row with a vacant writing surface to their left, or in the last seat of each row of right-handed students.

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