What to Expect From AP Exams in 2022

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The AP Exams in 2022 are approaching with many changes and updates since the beginning of the pandemic. The College Board recently announced its AP examination plan for 2022. Let’s take a look at what those changes are and what they mean to test takers.

What will be covered in the article?

1. When are the 2022 AP Examinations?

Last year, students had the option to take the AP exams at home or at school, both digitally and on paper. This year, the 2022 AP examinations will follow the same structure as two years ago. Students will have to take the test in school as a paper and pencil exam over two weeks in May: May 2–6 and May 9–13. The only exceptions are the AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams, which are administered in schools on computers.

Week 1 of the AP Examinations is from Monday, May 2, through Friday, May 6. Week 2 runs from May 9 to May 13. All AP examinations will begin at 8 am for the morning test, 12 pm for the afternoon, and 2 pm for AP Physics C. However, with examinations that require digital portfolios, the deadline will vary. 

Exams with Digital Portfolios

  • AP Art and Design: Your teacher or AP coordinator will set their own deadline for you to submit your portfolio. After you submit your portfolio to your teacher, the AP coordinator needs to forward it to the AP Program by the first week in May.
  • AP Seminar and AP Research: May 2, 2022 (11:59 p.m.) is the deadline to submit performance tasks as final and for your presentations to be scored by your AP Seminar or AP Research teacher.
  • AP Computer Science Principles: May 2, 2022 (11:59 p.m.) is the deadline to submit your Create performance task as final.
2. 2022 AP Exam structure

Each of the 38 examinations has unique requirements, but all of them take around 2-3 hours to complete. The first part of the exam is multiple-choice, and the second part of the exam is generally free-response questions. In 2020 and 2021, the College Board allowed for a digital version of the exams; however, this year, most exams will return to traditional pencil and paper due to the positive changes in the pandemic situation. 

The structure may or may not apply if students are granted special accommodation for the AP testing exam. Students with below disabilities can apply for accommodations

  • Braille exam format
  • Assistive technology–compatible (ATC) exam format
  • Large-print exam format
  • Extended time
  • Extra breaks
  • Large-block answer sheets
  • Permission to use a computer for typing essays
  • Permission to use a magnification device (electronic or non-electronic)
  • A human reader to dictate questions
  • A writer/scribe to record responses
  • A written copy of oral instructions

The deadline to request accommodations for Spring 2022 was January 18, 2022. Students will need to submit all required materials onto the portal and bring the documents during the test date. All information can be found on the College Board Accommodation site. 

3. Tips to prepare for the 2022 AP Exams

In the article 4 Steps to Study for The 2022 AP Test, we have synthesized four important steps that every student should take: 

  • Understand the 2022 AP Test Schedule to plan ahead
  • Take a practice AP test to evaluate your knowledge/level and discover areas for improvement
  • Make a study plan
  • Practice with AP Practice Questions and Review
scoring worksheet

FREE 2022 AP Scoring Worksheet

With the scoring worksheet, you will be able to calculate your target score in preparation for the upcoming exam in May. We also have a full scoring worksheet available  below if you want to print it out and keep it in your folder. 

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