AP Exam Schedule 2024

Ved Muthusamy

Every year, the College Board administers AP exams to high school students. An AP Exam tests how well students understand the material on their corresponding AP course. Each exam, varying by topic, is a rigorous test that gives students a great topic to focus on when building their applicant profile. These exams take place in May – students can find their specific AP Exam schedule 2024 for each subject in the post below. We also share how other students performed on the 2023 AP exams so you know what to expect!

AP exam schedule 2024
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AP exam schedule 2024 basics

Most of the 2024 AP Exams will be taken in schools (not at home) using pencil and paper, and take place over a two-week period. The AP Chinese and AP Japanese exams are exceptions and will be taken on school computers. The AP exams start their first week on May 6th – 10th, 2024 and go on through May 13th – 17th, 2024 for the second week. 

When looking at the start times, keep in mind that exams can be started up to 1 hour after the posted start time. For instance, the afternoon exams could begin anytime between 12 – 1 PM local time. 

Some exceptions exist. For example, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism exams began between 2-3 PM during the regular exam schedule. 

Exams with digital portfolios

Many AP courses have portfolios, which must be turned in digitally for College Board to grade. These portfolios will be submitted and uploaded on a secure web application. Here are the AP deadlines for digital portfolios:

AP Art and Design: May 10th, 2024 (8 PM EST)

AP Seminar and AP Research: April 30th, 2024 (11:59 PM EST)

AP Computer Science Principles: April 24th, 2024 (11:59 PM EST)

Week 1 AP exam dates

Here is the AP exam schedule for week 1:

AP Exam Dates - Week 1Morning (8 AM Local Time)Afternoon (12 PM Local Time)
Monday, May 6th, 2024United States Government and PoliticsArt History
Tuesday, May 7th, 2024Human Geography
Wednesday, May 8th, 2024English Literature and CompositionComparative Government and Politics
Computer Science A
Thursday, May 9th, 2024Chinese Language and Culture
Environmental Science
Friday, May 10th, 2024European History
United States History
Spanish Literature and Culture

Week 2 AP exam dates

Here was the AP exam schedule for week 2:

AP Exam Dates - Week 2 Morning (8 AM Local Time)
Afternoon (12 PM Local Time)Afternoon (2 PM Local Time)
Monday, May 13th, 2023Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Italian Language and Culture
Tuesday, May 14th, 2023English Language and CompositionAfrican American Studies
Physics C: Mechanics
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Wednesday, May 15th, 2023French Language and Culture
World History: Modern
Computer Science Principles
Music Theory
Thursday, May 16th, 2023Spanish Language and CultureBiology
Japanese Language and Culture
Friday, May 17th, 2023German Language and Culture
Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Late AP exam schedule

If you missed your exam date, don’t worry – you can take AP exams late. Alternate versions of each test are used for late AP dates to maintain exam security and prevent cheating. Here is the late AP exam schedule, which you could also consider week 3:

AP Exam Dates - Late WeekMorning (8 AM Local Time)Afternoon (12 PM Local Time)
Wednesday May 22nd, 2023Chemistry
Computer Science A
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
United States History
English Literature and Culture
Environmental Science
Japanese Language and Culture
Physics C: Mechanics
Thursday, May 23rd, 2023Chinese Language and Culture
Computer Science Principles
English Language and Composition
Human Geography
Spanish Literature and Culture
Art History
European History
French Language and Culture
Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Friday, May 24th, 2023Calculus AB
Calculus BC
German Language and Culture
Music Theory
Spanish Language and Culture
African American Studies
Comparative Government and Politics
Italian Language and Culture
Physics 2: Algebra-Based
United States Government and Politics
World History: Modern
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How AP classes and exams improve your college application

Just taking the AP class already shows colleges that you’re willing to challenge yourself and work hard, so just doing that is already a positive sign on your college application. Taking AP courses and preparing for the corresponding exams can be tough since the subject matter goes above the normal high school level. However, colleges then know that you went deeper into a certain subject, especially if it relates to your major, and it also exposes you to college-level material in that subject.

And of course, scoring a 4 or 5 on an AP exam will improve your applicant profile. It shows that you were strong enough academically to master a tough class and score well in a challenging AP exam. This effect will be greater if the AP course and exam is related to what major you are applying for, because it shows your strength in the subject matter of that major. 

If you don’t score well on one or more AP exams, don’t fret – deciding to take these exams (and getting scores back) won’t be directly submitted to the colleges you apply to. You can choose not to report your scores on your college application if your score is low. 

Other benefits of taking AP exams

Besides having high AP scores improve your admissions odds, there are many other benefits of taking these exams. Some are listed below:

Financial help

Some colleges and universities award scholarships to students who perform well on AP exams. These could help cut down your college costs. Additionally, passing these exams (especially getting a 4+) could earn you college credit at some universities, saving you time and money since you do not need to take certain introductory courses. You could even graduate earlier by scoring well on multiple exams.

Getting used to college rigor

These exams can familiarize you with college-level coursework, and you may find it easier to make the academic transition into college due to your AP exam preparation. Even students who get a 1 or 2 on their AP exam still tend to do better in the college equivalent and are more familiar with the content than students who never took the related AP course or test. These exams can also help you determine what your academic strengths and weaknesses are in terms of your personal difficulty with each exam, which can help you whittle down your majors or career paths. 

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How students performed on the 2023 AP exams

Here is how students fared on the most recent 2023 AP exams. The exams are graded from 1-5, with 5 being the highest possible score.

AP Exam54321
AP Research13%26%45%13%3%
AP Seminar11%27%57%11%1%
AP 2-D Art and Design12%31%41%14%2%
AP 3-D Art and Design7%25%40%23%4%
AP Art History13%23%28%24%12%
AP Drawing16%33%36%13%2%
AP Music Theory20%17%24%24%15%
AP English Language and Composition10%20%26%29%15%
AP English Literature and Composition15%28%34%14%9%
AP Comparative Government and Politics16%23%32%16%13%
AP European History13%21%25%29%12%
AP Human Geography16%20%18%14%32%
AP Macroeconomics16%23%25%22%14%
AP Microeconomics18%26%22%21%13%
AP Psychology17%23%20%12%28%
AP United States Government and Politics13%11%25%24%27%
AP United States History11%15%22%23%29%
AP World History15%22%28%22%13%
AP Calculus AB22%16%20%22%20%
AP Calculus BC42%16%20%22%20%
AP Computer Science A27%22%18%10%23%
AP Computer Science Principles12%23%33%20%12%
AP Statistics15%22%23%16%24%
AP Biology14%23%27%24%12%
AP Chemistry15%27%33%17%8%
AP Environmental Science8%28%17%27%20%
AP Physics 18%18%19%28%27%
AP Physics 215%17%36%26%6%
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism31%24%13%20%12%
AP Physics C: Mechanics23%28%22%15%12%
AP Chinese Language and Culture50%17%18%6%9%
AP Spanish Language and Culture24%30%30%14%3%
AP Spanish Literature and Culture8%22%37%23%10%
AP French Language and Culture12%25%37%20%6%
AP German Language and Culture19%21%26%20%14%
AP Italian Language and Culture20%22%29%18%11%
AP Japanese Language and Culture47%9%19%9%17%
AP Latin12%17%28%25%18%

You can do it!

Prepare well for your AP exam and you can get a high score. It can be a challenging process, but the rewards are worth it. All it takes is positivity and determination to ace your exams. Be sure to take multiple practice exams and set strategies on how to reach your target score. Good luck in 2024!

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