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General Seating Requirements

  • All schools must complete a seating chart for every exam administered and keep it for at least six months.
  • Students must be seated randomly (not alphabetically or following any other expected pattern) within the testing room.
  • Under no circumstances should students select their own seats.
  • Do not return any seating charts with exam shipments unless they are required as part of an Incident Report. The seating charts will help expedite an investigation of a reported incident and prevent score reporting delays.

Please note that some AP Exams have their own seating policy – complete requirements can be found in the AP Coordinator’s Manual.

Click on the graphic for a full-screen view of acceptable seating plans.


First set of diagrams - Plan I: elevated seating, Plan IIA: level seating, Plan IIB: level seating with vacant desks on either side. All students must face the same direction and there must be a minimum distance of five feet on either side of the student. For Plan I: elevated seating, there must also be a minimum distance of five feet behind and in front of each student. Second set of diagrams - Plan III: tables. With two students seated at a single table, table must be a minimum of 8 feet wide; for three students, a minimum of 13 feet wide. Third set of diagrams - NOT APPROVED. 1. Students should not be seated around the same table (Remember: All students must face the same direction.) 2. Round tables are prohibited. 3. Students must not face one another.


Seating Chart Tools

Office of Testing Integrity

If you observe any behavior that might lead to invalidation of scores, contact us as soon as possible.

Office of Testing Integrity
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Phone: (800) 750-6991 (toll-free in the United States and Canada), 609-406-5441, or (609) 406-5427
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