In 2021, digital AP Exams are available during Administration 2 and Administration 3. Review details about the 2021 AP Exam administration, including the updated exam schedule and information about the digital exams.
All details about accommodations for digital exams are also available in the 2021 AP Digital Testing Guide.
Students will be able to use their approved accommodations for 2021 digital AP Exams. As always, students may only use accommodations that they've been approved for by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. For questions about accommodations for digital exams, contact the College Board SSD office:
- Phone: 844-255-7728 (toll free in the United States and Canada) or 212-713-8333
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Details for students about accommodations and accessibility features are available online at apstudents.org/digitalexamaccommodations. Students can also access the Help section in the digital testing app, including during digital practice, for information about accessibility features and configurations.
Approved Accommodations Are Supported for the Digital Exams
- Students who have received approval for accommodations from the College Board SSD office don't need to submit any further requests. Their approvals will apply to this year's digital AP Exams.
- In some cases, there are designated digital alternatives for certain accommodations (e.g., use of a screen reader instead of a human reader). Review types of digital accommodations.
- Students receive specific digital exam formats enabled for their accommodation if they’re approved for extended time, breaks (extra, extended, breaks as needed), or if they’re approved for an accommodation that requires an accessible format of the exam; for instance, students approved for assistive technology, braille, a human reader, or a writer/scribe will receive an accessible format that will be compatible with assistive technology such as screen reader software, voice recognition software, and refreshable braille displays.
- Important: AP coordinators need to confirm students’ accommodations for digital exams through AP Registration and Ordering to ensure students receive the appropriate digital exam format for their accommodation. See Moving Students with Accommodations from a Paper Exam to a Digital Exam.
- Students can use the digital alternatives for approved accommodations without reapplying for accommodations. However, if a student wants to use a different accommodation that is not already approved and not a designated digital alternative for their existing approved accommodation(s), a request for the new accommodation would need to be submitted; in this case, submit the request as soon as possible, as we cannot guarantee that approvals for additional accommodations will be made in time for the AP Exam administration.
Specific Accommodations Details and Testing Considerations
- AP coordinators and SSD coordinators should review all details about accommodations for digital AP Exams and work with students with accommodations to confirm which testing option best meets their needs.
- Review updates about the testing options available for students approved for braille and ATC-format exams.
- Digital exams may be taken at home (if authorized by the AP coordinator) or administered in school.
- To help with planning, review information about the types of accommodations, accommodations details, and considerations.
Approved Accommodations and Accessible Exam Forms
- If a student has a College Board–approved accommodation that’s delivered through the digital testing application, the accommodation will be listed on their personal information page during exam setup. Accommodations that are delivered through the digital testing app fall into these categories:
- Accessible Form
- Extended Time: Time and One-Half (+50%)
- Extended Time: Double Time (+100%)
- Extended Time: More than Double Time (>+100%)
- Accessible Form will be listed on a student’s personal information page during exam setup if they’re approved for one or more of the following accommodations, and students approved for these accommodations can use applicable assistive technology for their exam:
- Assistive Technology
- Assistive Technology Compatible Test Form
- Braille with Raised Line Drawings, Contracted
- Braille Writer
- Raised Line Drawings
- Human Reader
- Pre-Recorded Audio (MP3 via Streaming)
- Writer/Scribe to Record Responses
- Other types of accommodations that aren’t delivered through the digital testing app (e.g., permission for food/drink/medication) won’t be listed on a student’s personal information page. Students can use other accommodations they’re approved for as they typically would. If a student is approved for accommodations that aren’t delivered through the testing app, they’ll see “You don’t have any approved digital testing accommodations” on their personal information page during exam setup—this just means they don’t have accommodations that are delivered through the app.
- Digital AP Exams will be compatible with assistive technology (e.g., screen-reader software) and zoom functionality in a browser.
- Types of supported assistive technology include refreshable braille devices, JAWS, NVDA.
- Additional configuration may be needed for certain types of assistive technology. Instructions about assistive technology are now in the AP Digital Testing Guide (updated April 8), and available to students at apstudents.org/digitalexamaccommodations. Make sure students who are planning to test with assistive technology or devices review the relevant information.
Digital Practice for Students
- The exam application will be available for practice in April. See the Taking Digital AP Exams section in the AP Digital Testing Guide for information about practice.
- It's especially important for students who use assistive technology such as screen readers, refreshable braille displays, and other digital accessibility features to practice navigating digital tests.
NARs Aren’t Needed for Digital Exams
- AP coordinators don’t need to complete a Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR) for students taking digital exams.
- NARs do need to be completed for paper and pencil exams, following the usual procedure detailed in the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2.
Before Exam Day
For accommodations that are enabled and delivered through the digital exam, students will receive exams with the appropriate settings enabled based on their approved accommodations on record with SSD.
There are a few important steps for AP coordinators and students before exam day:
- Confirm students’ accommodations for digital AP Exams. When an AP coordinator moves a student from a paper exam order to a digital exam, they’ll need to confirm details about the student’s accommodations through AP Registration and Ordering to ensure the student receives a digital exam enabled with the appropriate necessary accommodations. Review details about moving students with accommodations from paper to digital exams.
- Confirm if any students want to waive accommodations for digital exams. The AP coordinator should work with the SSD coordinator and students if changes are needed to a student’s accommodations for the digital exams. If any students want to waive accommodations, the AP coordinator needs to indicate this through AP Registration and Ordering by 7 days before the scheduled digital exam date. Review details about waiving accommodations for digital exams.
- Assist students who need temporary supports. Submit requests for temporary supports if any students need them. Requests for temporary accommodations for digital exams must be submitted to the College Board SSD office 14 calendar days before the scheduled date of the digital exam subject during Administration 2 or Administration 3. Review details about temporary supports for digital exams.
- Ensure students practice. Advise students to practice using the digital exam application. Practice is critical, particularly for students planning to use assistive technology with their digital exams. Practicing early leaves time to resolve any issues.
- Assistive technology configuration. Students testing with assistive technology may need to complete configuration steps before exam day. Instructions about assistive technology are now in the AP Digital Testing Guide (updated April 8), and available to students at apstudents.org/digitalexamaccommodations.