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Below are the steps your school has to take in order to administer AP Exams.

Note that you don’t need to tell us which AP Exams you plan to administer at this point; you’re simply registering your school with the College Board so you can order and administer exams.

Your school must have a College Board School Code to participate in AP and other College Board programs. This is a unique six-digit code that identifies your school in our system. It comes in two different authorization levels:

  • Level 1 authorization: Required for schools to receive their students’ AP Exam and other College Board test scores. Schools cannot administer AP or other College Board exams, but can participate in the AP Course Audit.
  • Level 2 authorization: Required for schools to receive scores as well as administer AP Exams and PSAT-related assessments and to apply to become an SAT Test Center.

Tip: Apply for a Level 2 code even if you don’t plan to administer any College Board exams at the moment. You’ll save time if your plans change.

If your school already offers AP, the PSAT/NMSQT, or the SAT, you already have a school code. Use the high school code search to look up your code. School codes are unique to your school and do not expire.

To get a school code or confirm or change your school’s authorization level:

Your school’s authorization level is not shared publicly.

Interested in becoming a College Board member? That’s a separate application process. Learn more.

The AP coordinator is responsible for organizing and administering the AP program at your school. He or she manages the ordering, storing, administering, returning, and purchasing of AP Exam materials.

  • 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.

In September, each school receives AP participation materials sent to the attention of the school's principal: the AP Program Guide, an AP Participation Form, 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 November 15.
  • If you have not received AP participation materials by October or have missed the submission deadline, contact AP Services.
  • It may take up to a few weeks before you will receive an email from AP confirming that your form has been processed.
  • Beginning each January, instructions for ordering AP Exams are emailed to the designated AP contacts.

Tip: The participation form allows you to designate up to three people who are responsible for your school’s exam administration. Only these official contacts will receive AP updates and confidential account information.

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.