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What to Expect From AP Exams in 2023

What to Expect From AP Exams in 2024

The AP Exams in 2024 are approaching with many changes and updates since the beginning of the pandemic. The College Board recently announced its AP examination plan for 2024 . Let’s take a look at what those changes are and what they mean to test takers.
1. When are the 2024 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 2024 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 6–10 and May 13–17.

Week 1 of the AP Examinations is from Monday, May 6, through Friday, May 10. Week 2 runs from May 13 to May 17. 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. 

2024 AP Exam Schedule – Week 1


8 am Local Time

12 pm Local Time

May 6

US Government

Art History


Tues, May 7

Human Geography




Wed, May 8

English Literature and Composition

Comparative Government and Politics

Computer Science A

Thurs, May 9

Chinese Language and Culture

Environmental Science


Fri, May 10

European History

United States History


Spanish Literature and Culture

Art and Design: Friday, May 10, 2024 (8 p.m. ET), is the deadline for AP Art and Design students to submit their three portfolio components as final in the AP Digital Portfolio.

2024 AP Exam Schedule – Week 2


8 am Local Time

12 pm Local Time

2 pm Local Time

Mon, May 13

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Italian Language and Culture



Tues, May 14

English Language

African American Studies

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

Wed, May 15

French Language and Culture

World History: Modern

Computer Science Principles

Music Theory


Thurs, May 16

Spanish Language and Culture


Japanese Language and Culture


Fri, May 17

German Language and Culture

Physics 1: Algebra-Based


Physics 2: Algebra-Based


April 30, 2024 (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. 2024 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 2024 AP Exams

In the article 4 Steps to Study for The 2024 AP Test, we have synthesized four important steps that every student should take: 

  • Understand the 2024 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

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scoring worksheet

FREE 2024 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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