AP score reports are provided to the college(s) designated by the student, to the student, and to the student's secondary school and district. This page explains the paper and internet delivery options available for higher education institutions, important changes, and layout updates.
When taking an AP Exam, students designate one college to receive their AP score report on their registration answer sheet. Colleges and universities will automatically receive free paper score reports starting in July unless they choose to switch to internet delivery only.
- Paper score reports include a Student Score Roster as well as individual Student Score Reports in the initial July score reporting.
- Colleges and universities may continue to receive individual Student Score Reports throughout the year if a student designates them as the recipient of this data.
- Paper delivery is via the U.S. Postal Service and delivery time frames may vary depending on your location.
Colleges can choose to participate in Internet Delivery of Scores in addition to or in lieu of paper delivery by completing the College and University AP Score Reporting Services Order Form, sent to each college in April.
- Schools may elect to participate in electronic score reporting at any time in the year. However, in order to receive scores electronically in time for initial July 2018 reporting, colleges must contact AP Services no later than May 16, 2018. Requests received after May 16 will be accommodated with follow-up score reporting.
- Colleges that do not receive this form or that wish to make a modification to their current delivery model should contact AP Code Control at 609-771-7091 or email email@example.com.
Internet Delivery: Format and Requirements
Internet Delivery of Scores is available free of charge in a non-delimited flat-file format (ASCII). Institutions will need to acquire or purchase the required software, either PGP Desktop Professional 2.6.2 and higher, or GnuPG 2.0 and higher. If you currently have GnuPG or PGP Desktop Professional, please make sure it is one of these supported versions that can create the 2048-bit RSA key required to receive AP score data electronically.
- Internet delivery of scores uses an anonymous server.
- After scores are processed, the electronic score report is placed on the server, triggering an email informing schools that data are available for download.
- The email contains an internet address that can then be accessed to collect, save, and process the data.
Important Announcement - Effective July 2018
As part of our continuing commitment to protect student privacy, starting July 1, 2018, paper and electronic AP student score reports delivered to your campus will no longer contain Social Security numbers. This change will coincide with the release of the AP scores for the May 2018 exam administration. Review this information with your IT/operations staff and/or student information system vendor to determine if any additional steps are needed to be ready to receive scores in July 2018.
If you receive scores electronically, note that the file layout is not changing. The Social Security field will remain in the file so that the layout remains the same but the field will be blank starting July 1, 2018.
Please note that your campus may still receive Social Security numbers on paper archived score reports for students who last took an exam four years ago or earlier.
The College Board has provided the resources below to help you implement these updates.
- 2018 AP Student Data Record Layout (.pdf/347KB)
- Sample AP ESR Test File (.txt/38KB)
- Matching Student Data Without Social Security Numbers (.pdf/584KB)
For further questions about this change, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Note About Race and Ethnicity Changes in 2016
Beginning with the May 2016 exam administration, students were asked to answer an updated two-part race and ethnicity question that allowed them to select multiple races and ethnicities. View more information about the changes.
Score reports on CD
This service was discontinued in June 2016. If your institution previously received AP scores on CD, view step-by-step instructions on how to format the data files on CD.
For more information about Internet Delivery of Scores, please contact:
AP Code Control at 609-771-7091 or email email@example.com.