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2023 AP Exam Schedule

What’s Covered:

 

Performing well on AP exams has numerous benefits for college-bound applicants—they help students create attention-grabbing academic profiles and may allow them to test out of introductory college courses. Keep reading to learn the 2023 AP exam schedule and how to best prepare for test day.

 

2023 AP Exam Schedule

 

Date

8 am (local time)

12 pm (local time)

2 pm (local time)

Monday, May 1

United States Government and Politics

Chemistry

Spanish Literature and Culture

 

Tuesday, May 2

Chinese Language and Culture

Environmental Science

Psychology

 

Wednesday, May 3

English Literature and Composition

Comparative Government and Politics

Computer Science A

 

Thursday, May 4

Human Geography

Macroeconomics

Seminar

Statistics

 

Friday, May 5

European History

United States History

Art History

Microeconomics

 

Monday, May 8

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Computer Science Principles

Italian Language and Culture

 

Tuesday, May 9

English Language and Composition

Japanese Language and Culture

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Wednesday, May 10

Spanish Language and Culture

Biology

 

Thursday, May 11

French Language and Culture

World History: Modern

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

 

Friday, May 12

German Language and Culture

Music Theory

Latin

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

 

 

The only exception to the AP Exam calendar is Alaska, where exams may start an hour earlier than everywhere else—beginning between 7 am and 8 am and 11 am and 12 pm. The AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam in Alaska must begin between 1 and 2 pm local time.

 

Digital Portfolio Due Date

 

The deadline to submit for AP Art and Design digital portfolios is May 5 at 8 pm ET. Because digital portfolios need to be turned in by this time, it’s highly recommended that students submit their portfolios to their teachers well in advance of this date.

 

2022 AP Late Exam Schedule

 

Date

8 am (local time)

12 pm (local time)

Wednesday, May 17

Chemistry

Computer Science A

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Psychology

Statistics

United States History

Computer Science Principles

English Literature and Composition

Environmental Science

Japanese Language and Culture

Macroeconomics

Spanish Literature and Culture

Thursday, May 18

Chinese Language and Culture

English Language and Composition

German Language and Culture

Human Geography

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Art History

Biology

Comparative Government and Politics

French Language and Culture

Italian Language and Culture

Latin

Friday, May 19

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Microeconomics

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Spanish Language and Culture

European History

Music Theory

Physics C: Mechanics

Seminar

United States Government and Politics

World History: Modern

 

Once again, the only exception to the AP Late Exam Schedule is Alaska, where the morning exam administration must begin between 7 am and 8 am local time and the afternoon administration between 11 am and 12 pm local time.

 

How Do AP Exams Impact Your College Chances?

 

Top colleges are looking to admit students who are intellectually curious and who challenged themselves in high school with rigorous coursework. The more selective the school you’re applying to, the more beneficial AP classes are. At Ivy League schools and Top-30 colleges, it’s common for admitted students to have completed upwards of 12 AP classes. 

 

Many high-ranking colleges use a tool known as the Academic Index to facilitate admissions decisions. Academic Index is a representation of your entire academic performance by a single numerical score and failure to meet a school’s threshold can lead them to deem you unqualified for admission. AP classes will help boost your Academic Index and improve the odds that your application will receive serious consideration. 

 

CollegeVine can help shed some light on how AP classes affect your odds of college admission. Our free chancing engine uses a variety of factors—like GPA, test scores, and extracurricular activities—to show how you stack up against other applicants and predict your odds of admission at hundreds of colleges across the country. It even provides tips to improve your profile (and your chances of getting into your dream school). 

 

AP exams play a less significant role in college admissions than the AP classes themselves. However, they can make a difference, particularly at super-selective schools. For example, scoring a bunch of 5s could help you stand out from other academically talented applicants. Conversely, a handful of 1s or 2s could lead a top-flight school to question your academic acumen. Luckily, AP scores are self-reported, and you’re under no obligation to submit subpar scores.  

 

How Do Most Students Do on Each AP Exam?

 

Below is how students fared on 2022’s AP Exams. The percentage listed in each row indicates the percentage of students receiving the score in the corresponding column. For example, 12.6% of students got a 5 in AP Research.

 

Exam

5

4

3

2

1

AP Research

12.6%

25.8%

44.3%

13.3%

4.0%

AP Seminar

11.6%

19.2%

51.8%

11.8%

5.6%

AP Art History

14.1%

21.0%

26.3%

26.9%

11.6%

AP Music Theory

18.7%

17.7%

25.5%

23.7%

14.4%

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

10.8%

35.5%

40.3%

12.8%

0.5%

AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

6.4%

28.6%

38.5%

23.8%

2.6%

AP Studio Art: Drawing

14.6%

38.1%

35.6%

10.3%

1.4%

AP English Language and Composition

10.4%

21.1%

24.2%

29.8%

14.5%

AP English Literature and Composition

16.9%

27.3%

33.7%

14.1%

7.9%

AP Comparative Government and Politics

15.9%

24.3%

30.3%

16.7%

12.9%

AP European History

13.5%

21.0%

24.4%

29.7%

11.4%

AP Human Geography

14.9%

18.7%

19.6%

15.0%

31.8%

AP Macroeconomics

16.4%

20.0%

15.4%

15.1%

33.1%

AP Microeconomics

17.7%

22.5%

18.8%

16.9%

24.2%

AP Psychology

17.0%

22.2%

19.1%

13.1%

28.5%

AP United States Government and Politics

12%

10.9%

25.8%

25.7%

25.7%

AP United States History

10.8%

15.6%

21.0%

23.0%

28.8%

AP World History

13.2%

21.9%

27%

23.7%

14.3%

AP Calculus AB

20.4%

16.1%

19.1%

22.6%

21.7%

AP Calculus BC

41.2%

15.6%

20.1%

16.4%

6.8%

AP Computer Science A

27.3%

20.4%

19.9%

10.4%

22.1%

AP Computer Science Principles

11.4%

21.0%

31.1%

19.9%

16.6%

AP Statistics

14.8%

22.2%

23.4%

16.5%

23.1%

AP Biology

15.0%

23/1%

29.7%

21.6%

10.5%

AP Chemistry

12.5%

17.0%

24.5%

23.6%

22.5%

AP Environmental Science

8.9%

27.4%

17.5%

25.9%

20.3%

AP Physics 1

7.9%

17.0%

18.3%

27.1%

29.6%

AP Physics 2

16.3%

18.1%

35.3%

24.1%

6.3%

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

31.5%

23.6%

14.3%

18.1%

12.5%

AP Physics C: Mechanics

26.4%

25.7%

21.3%

15.6%

11.0%

AP Chinese Language and Culture

49.3%

19.6%

18.0%

5.3%

7.8%

AP French Language and Culture

13.1%

23.7%

34.8%

22.3%

6.0%

AP German Language and Culture

20.0%

19.1%

26.5%

22.9%

11.6%

AP Italian Language and Culture

22.6%

20.6%

27.3%

18.6%

10.8%

AP Japanese Language and Culture

48.5%

9.8%

17.1%

7.5%

17.1%

AP Latin

11.2%

16.1%

29.8%

24.8%

18.2%

AP Spanish Language and Culture

23.6%

28.5%

29.7%

15.0%

3.3%

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

8.1%

22.8%

33.4%

23.8%

11.9%

 

Tips for AP Exam Success

 

There is no surefire way to earn all 5s on your AP exams, but these tried-and-true tips will put you in the best possible position to earn an attention-grabbing score. 

 

Start Early 

 

Like any other exam, you’ll want to avoid waiting until the last minute to begin studying for your AP exams. Consistency is key—start with regular review sessions and ramp up as you get closer to the test. Creating a study schedule can help you carve out time to study, keep you on track to an enviable exam score, and ensure you have time for other important activities. 

 

Practice Makes Perfect

 

One of the best ways to prepare for an AP exam is by taking practice exams. Practice exams not only test your knowledge of a subject, but also help you become familiar with how the tests are structured, formatted, and timed. The closer you can simulate the real test, the better—so find a quiet place, remove distractions, and get to work. You can find numerous great free practice tests and resources available online

 

Strengthen Weaknesses 

 

Another benefit of practice tests is that they illuminate areas that need improvement. Knowing your weaknesses allows you to make the most of your study time and focus your attention on underperforming areas. Don’t go overboard, though! It’s also important to remain confident in your strengths. 

 

Study Strategy

 

Some simple, strategic test-taking can make the difference between a good and great score. For example:

 

  • There is no guessing penalty on the AP exams, so it behooves you to answer every question.
  • Write something even if you don’t know the answer to a free-response question, there’s no penalty for guessing and almost anything is better than leaving the page blank.
  • You can answer AP exam questions in any order, so go through and answer the easy questions first then go back to the harder, more time-consuming questions.

 

Take a Break 

 

You can only study for so long and there is only so much information you can retain before you burn out. Pencil in a few breaks on your study schedule and take some time away from your notes, textbooks, and tests. Also, try to get a good night’s sleep—research shows that the more sleep students get, the better their grades are.

 

The Power of Positivity 

 

Stressing over your AP exams will only do more harm than good. Keep a positive attitude and trust that your preparation will pay off. Remember, even if you don’t score that coveted 5 on your AP English Language and Composition exam, you don’t have to submit the score to the colleges you’re applying to. Good luck!


Short Bio
Bijal is a senior at UCLA studying Anthropology with minors in Global Health and Gerontology. Working as a Bruin Ambassador in the Undergraduate Admissions office throughout college and having gone through the application cycle again for graduate school, she is eager to share her knowledge!