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Parents and students cannot order AP Exams directly. The AP Program encourages AP coordinators to assist homeschooled students, students from virtual schools, and students whose schools don’t offer AP Exams in ordering exams.  

Important dates for homeschooled students and students whose schools don’t offer AP:

  • No later than September 4: Students should contact AP Services for Students to get the contact information of local AP coordinators who have indicated a willingness to test outside students.
  • No later than October 4: Students should contact the AP coordinators identified by AP Services for Students to determine if one of them can arrange testing.

If your school agrees to order and administer exams for these students:

  • Inform the students of the school’s ordering deadline and of any late order fees that may apply.
  • Create an exam only section for each exam subject being taken at your school by a homeschooled student, independent study student, or student from another school.
  • Provide the join code for each exam only section to the students, so the students can enroll in the section in My AP. (Only the AP coordinator can create and provide the join code for an exam only section.)
  • Review the students’ information in your exam roster and order the necessary exams.
  • Inform the students when and where to take the exams.
  • Plan to collect and submit their exam fees with those from your school. Schools may charge students a higher fee to recover additional proctoring or administration costs.

Exam Ordering Deadline

Exam orders for homeschooled students, independent study students, or students from other schools (including virtual schools) should be submitted by the November 15 final ordering deadline. You can add an exam order for these students after November 15, but the $40 per exam late order fee will apply.

Please see the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1 for more information about ordering and administering AP Exams for students who don’t attend your school.

Class Sections and Exam Only Sections

Students enrolled in exam only sections won’t have access to AP Classroom resources because these resources are assigned by teachers to their specific class sections. However, if a student is enrolled in both an exam only section and a teacher-led class section, the student will have access to resources assigned by the teacher for the class section. See below for additional considerations about class sections for students taking AP through virtual schools.

Students Taking AP in Virtual Schools

In addition to being able to access AP Classroom assignments from teachers, there are several other reasons why students from virtual schools may need to be enrolled in both a class section through their course provider and the exam only section through your school. For additional details about these scenarios, see the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1.

  • Score reports: For the virtual school to receive the student’s score report, the student needs to be enrolled in the class section for the course through their virtual school in addition to the exam only section at your school.
  • State subsidies: If a state requires students taking an AP Exam to be enrolled in the corresponding course in order to receive state funding for their exam, students need to be enrolled in a class section through their virtual school to be eligible for funding.
  • Second-semester courses: If a student is taking a second-semester course through their virtual school, you may need to submit their exam order after November 15. In this case, the student needs to be enrolled in both an exam only section at your school and a second-semester class section through their provider so that the late order fee won’t be applied.