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What to Expect From AP Exams in 2023

What to Expect From AP Exams in 2023

The AP Exams in 2023 are approaching with many changes and updates since the beginning of the pandemic. The College Board recently announced its AP examination plan for 2023 . 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 2023 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 2023 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 1–5 and May 8–12. 

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. 

2023 AP Exam Schedule – Week 1


8 am Local Time

12 pm Local Time

Mon, May 1

US Government


Spanish Literature

Tues, May 2

Chinese Language and Culture

Environmental Science


Wed, May 3

English Literature

Comparative Government

Computer Science A

Thurs, May 4

Human Geography




Fri, May 5

European History

United States History

Art History


Art and Design: Friday, May 5, 2023 (8 p.m. ET), is the deadline for AP Art and Design digital portfolios to be submitted to the AP Program.

2023 AP Exam Schedule – Week 2


8 am Local Time

12 pm Local Time

2 pm Local Time

Mon, May 8

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Computer Science Principles

Italian Language


Tues, May 9

English Language

Japanese Language and Culture

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

Wed, May 10

Chinese Language (digital)

Spanish Language



Thurs, May 11

French Language

World History: Modern

Physics 1: Algebra-Based


Fri, May 12

German Language and Culture

Music Theory


Physics 2: Algebra-Based



May 1, 2023 (11:59 p.m. ET) is the deadline for:

  • AP Seminar and AP Research students to submit performance tasks as final and their presentations to be scored by their AP Seminar or AP Research teachers.
  • AP Computer Science Principles students to submit their Create performance task as final.
2. 2023 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
3. Tips to prepare for the 2023 AP Exams

In the article 4 Steps to Study for The 2023 AP Test, we have synthesized four important steps that every student should take: 

  • Understand the 2023 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 2023 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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