2021 AP Information

AP Test Information

Questions? Please see the FAQ section below.

Still have questions? Please contact our AP Test Coordinators: Autumn Koo (@email) and Donna Thompson (@email)

Week 1

Monday, May 17

  • No Exams

Tuesday, May 18

Paper and Pencil

  • No Exams

Digital (at Home)

  • 12:00 p.m. - English Literature & Composition
  • 4:00 p.m. - Computer Science A

Wednesday, May 19

Paper and Pencil

  • No Exams

Digital (at Home)

  • 12:00 p.m. - US History
  • 4:00 p.m. - Macroeconomics

Thursday, May 20

Paper and Pencil

  • No Exams

Digital (at Home)

  • 12:00 p.m. - US Government & Politics; World History: Modern
  • 4:00 p.m. - Psychology

Friday, May 21

Paper and Pencil

  • 8:00 a.m. - Spanish
  • 12:00 p.m. - German

Digital (at Home)

  • No Exams

Week 2

Monday, May 24

Paper and Pencil

  • 8:00 a.m. - Calculus AB; Calculus BC
  • 12:00 p.m. - Physics C: M

Digital (at Home)

  • No Exams

Tuesday, May 25

Paper and Pencil

  • 8:00 a.m. - Chemistry
  • 12:00 p.m. - Statistics

Digital (at Home)

  • No Exams

Wednesday, May 26

Paper and Pencil

  • No Exams

Digital (at Home)

  • 12:00 p.m. - English Language and Composition
  • 4:00 p.m. - Seminar

Thursday, May 27

Paper and Pencil

  • No Exams

Digital (at Home)

  • 12:00 p.m. - Biology
  • 4:00 p.m. - Environmental Science

Friday, May 28

Paper and Pencil

  • No Exams

Digital (at Home)

  • 12:00 p.m. - Comparative Government
  • 4:00 p.m. - Microeconomics

AP Updates

The College Board has announced that this school year, students will take their Advanced Placement (AP) exam(s) either in person using a paper/pencil format or at-home digitally, depending on the course. The 2021 FCPS AP Exam schedule including dates, times, and test formats for students is below. AP Teachers will communicate with students regarding the exam format and how to prepare for the AP exams in their specific course(s).  Students will be able to take the digital exams using their FCPS issued laptops or personal desktop/laptop computers. Smartphones/Ipads/personal chromebooks may not be used for 2021 digital AP Testing. We understand that during this challenging school year, students may want to cancel their AP exam. Students are able to cancel an AP exam this school year without penalty.

  • Canceling an at-home digital exam: If a student paid for an exam, complete this form to request a refund be processed by May 3rd. Students who did not pay for an exam should not access the test, and no further actions are needed to cancel the exam.
  • Canceling an in-person exam: If a student is scheduled to take an in-person exam and wishes to cancel, the student should notify the school AP Testing coordinator by March 24th to request cancellation. Students who paid for an exam and wish to cancel will also need to complete this form by May 3rd to request a refund be processed.

2021 AP Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Will the content or length of the AP exams be modified by the College Board this school year?

  • Answer: The 2021 AP exams will match the full published course descriptions and will be full length. See 2021 AP Exams.

Question: When will FCPS students take their 2021 AP exams?

  • Answer: FCPS students will take AP exams during the College Board’s Administration 2 (May 18-21, 24-28) unless otherwise communicated by their school. World Language and/or Music Theory exams may be given during Administration 1 (May 3-17).

Question: Will students test at school or at home, and what will the testing format be?

  • Answer: It depends on the course; see chart above for course-specific testing format and location. See 2021 AP Exams for College Board dates and times of specific exams.

Question: Will transportation be provided for the in-person AP exams?

  • Answer: Transportation will be an option for in-person exams that have 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. start times. Your school AP Testing Coordinator will contact families via email with a transportation request process.

Question: Will students receive IEP and 504 accommodations on the digital exams?

  • Answer: Accommodations pre-approved by the College Board will be provided on the digital exams See College Board’s FAQ page.

Question: My child lacks adequate testing space at home. Can I arrange for my child to test at school?

  • Answer: If your child lacks adequate testing space at home, please contact your school’s AP Testing coordinator as soon as possible and no later than March 24th to discuss options for AP testing.

Question: My child selected all virtual learning for the year and is scheduled to test at school. Can I arrange for my child to test at home?

  • Answer:  If your child has selected all virtual learning for the school year and is scheduled to take a math/science in person exam during Administration 2, you may contact your school AP Testing coordinator no later than March 24th to request to take an at-home digital exam during Administration 3 (scheduled for between June 1st-June 11th). The College Board does not offer an option to test at home for World Language or Music Theory exams.

Question: Where do I find my child’s AP Testing coordinator name and contact information?

  • Answer: Here is a list of AP Testing Coordinators and email addresses by school. For Centreville HS: AP Test Coordinators: Autumn Koo (@email) and Donna Thompson (@email)

Question: Will my child have the technology needed to take an at home digital AP exam?

  • Answer: Yes, digital exams can be taken on FCPS issued computers or on a personal laptop/desktop computer. Because they require typed free responses, exams cannot be taken on smartphones and the College Board does not allow the use of personal chromebooks to take the exams. FCPS will work to ensure students can use their FCPS issued devices to test.

Question: What are the differences between a digital exam and a paper/pencil exam?

  • Answer: Digital exams will be as long as paper/pencil exams and will test the same knowledge and skills. In-school AP exams are given in a paper-pencil format at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. start times, and are monitored by an in-person proctor.  

Digital exams (taken by FCPS students at home):

  • Begin precisely at 12:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. ET.
  • Do not allow students to revisit previously answered questions
  • Do not allow students to move back and forth between unanswered questions
  • Do not include questions that can be answered with internet searches
  • Include security features that prevent students from collaborating, accessing unauthorized aids, or attempting to have someone else test for them.
  • Will be reviewed with plagiarism detection software and post exam analysis by the College Board to detect exam security violations. 
  • For differences between in person and digital exams for specific AP subjects, access AP Exam information.

Question: My child is not coming to school this school year due to health concerns and is scheduled to take a World Language exam. What are the options?

  • Answer: The College Board requires that all AP World Language be administered in person. If your child is unable to test in person, the exam will be cancelled with no penalty. Underclassmen taking AP World Language courses may postpone their test until 2022. Seniors unable to take an AP World Language exam are encouraged to contact the college they plan to attend to inquire about how to take a language placement exam on campus. The College Board will be offering vouchers to take a free CLEP exam for students unable to test in person this year for the German, French and Spanish Language exams.

Question: If my child misses their AP exam due to illness or an extenuating circumstance, will there be a makeup opportunity?

  • Answer: If your child misses an AP exam due to illness or extenuating circumstances, contact your school AP testing coordinator as soon as possible to request a make-up exam during Administration 3 (June 1-June11). All make-up exams will be at home digital, with the exception of World Languages and Music Theory exams, which must be made up in person at school. Students must provide their own transportation to school for make-up World Language/Music Theory exams.

Updated 3/9/21