The information on this page applies to accommodations for paper and pencil AP Exams. Get details about accommodations on the 2021 digital AP Exams.
Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for accommodations on AP Exams, such as:
- Braille exam format*
- Assistive technology–compatible (ATC) exam format*
- Large-type 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
To take an AP Exam with accommodations, a student must be approved for accommodations by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. Providing accommodations to students without College Board approval will result in cancellation of these students’ scores.
Most students work with the school’s SSD coordinator to apply for accommodations before the AP Exam administration. The SSD coordinator requests and manages the accommodations online.
All requests for accommodations and, when required, complete documentation must be submitted through SSD Online by January 15, 2021.
To learn more about requesting accommodations and administering AP Exams with accommodations, visit College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) or see the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 and the AP SSD Guidelines.
Submitting Accommodations Requests Through SSD Online
All requests for accommodations and, when required, complete documentation must be submitted through SSD Online by January 15, 2021. Requests for accommodations are not submitted through AP Registration and Ordering. SSD Online is a separate system.
There is a separate request process for a student who needs temporary assistance to complete an exam due to a temporary medical or physical condition (e.g., a broken hand). See the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 for more information.
Ordering Exams for Students with Accommodations
At the beginning of the school year, it’s important to work with your school’s SSD coordinator to identify all students with approved or expected accommodations, to understand what students’ approved or expected accommodations are. When you order exams, you’ll need to identify which students may require special AP Exam formats or materials.
In AP Registration and Ordering, you’ll be able to indicate per student any special exam formats or materials needed. You’ll also be able to view the status of accommodations requested for students, which will help to inform your exam order. It’s still important to work with your school’s SSD coordinator to account for students who will likely need accommodations but whose requests haven’t yet been submitted or haven’t yet been approved by College Board.
Some students may not have received approval from College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities for testing accommodations by the November 13 final ordering deadline. However, you should indicate all approved or expected special exam formats or materials before submitting your exam order.
You’ll be able to update an existing exam order for any students who receive accommodations approval after the November 13 final ordering deadline without incurring an additional fee. However, if you add a new exam order for a student after the November 13 final ordering deadline, an additional $40 per exam late order fee will be incurred.
After March 12, you’ll be able to make a change in AP Registration and Ordering to a student’s exam materials only if necessitated by a change in a student’s accommodations approval that’s received after March 12.
Important: Although you can indicate special materials for students with expected but not yet approved accommodations, to take an AP Exam with accommodations, a student must be approved for accommodations by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities office. Providing accommodations to students without College Board approval will result in cancellation of these students’ scores.
For more information about ordering exams with accommodations, go to Ordering Exam Materials.
Updated Information for 2021:
- ATC-format exams can be ordered for Administration 1 or Administration 2 for AP Calculus (AB/BC), Chemistry, Physics (1, 2, C: Mechanics, and C: Electricity and Magnetism), and Statistics. For most other subjects, students can take the accessible digital exam during Administration 2 or Administration 3.
- Braille exams are available for all subjects during Administration 1 and for subjects that are available in paper and pencil format during Administration 2 and Administration 3. (If a braille exam is needed for a different administration, please call the College Board SSD office as soon as possible.)
- Large-type exam format and large-block answer sheets are available for all subjects during Administration 1 and for subjects that are available in paper and pencil format during Administration 2 and Administration 3.
Administering Paper and Pencil Exams with Accommodations
For details about administering paper exams with accommodations, review the AP SSD Guidelines.
AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 1 2020-21
This manual provides detailed information about everything AP coordinators need to do from the start of the school year through the November 13 exam ordering deadline.
AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 2 2020-21
Updated May 2021
This manual provides detailed information about this year’s paper and pencil AP Exams, including exam administration policies and procedures and post-exam tasks. Note: The May update is a clarification to the packing list information on p.90.
AP SSD Guidelines for 2020-21
These guidelines will help you administer AP Exams to students testing with accommodations.