When Do AP Scores Come Out? Can You Get Them Early?

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You’ve put a year’s worth of work into preparing for your AP tests. Now that you’ve gotten through them, the hard part is over — at least, to some extent.

 

You’ve sat for the several-hour exams, and now you want to know: when will you be able to see how you did? Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out.

 

When Do AP Scores Come Out? 

 

According to the College Board’s timetable, scores for exams taken in May 2021 (Administration 1 and Administration 2) will be made available starting Wednesday, July 27, 2021, at 7am EST. June 2021 exams (Administration 3) will be available in August.

 

Previously, scores were released in waves by different states. It’s unclear whether that will be the case this year, too.

 

The reasoning behind the long wait is because free-response questions are graded by hand by actual humans and can’t simply be scanned by a machine. While this can be anxiety-provoking, it’s a necessary step in order for graders to be thorough and fair.

 

This is when last year’s exam scores came out, state by state:

 

Date Released

State

July 5, 2020

Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas

July 6, 2020

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

July 7, 2020

Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia

July 8, 2020

California, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon

July 9, 2020

Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

July 9, 2020

Canada, U.S. territories, International

 

Can You Get Your AP Scores Early?

 

It’s not possible to get your AP scores before the first release date. If the College Board releases scores in some states earlier than others as they have done previously, theoretically, you could see your score a little earlier if you were to:

 

1. Travel to another state with an earlier release date

2. Ask a friend in another state to access your scores through your account. 

3. Use a VPN and set your location to a state with earlier release.

 

However, it’s probably not worth it — the difference is a matter of a day or two.

 

Be very wary of scam sites claiming to let you see your scores early. Only the College Board can show you your scores. There are some sites that may have servers in states with the earliest release dates, but you will have to log into your College Board account through them, and we do not recommend giving away your login information to a third-party site.

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What is a Good AP Score?

 

At most schools, the minimum score required for earning college credit is a 3 or 4 (usually 4 at more selective schools). But, bear in mind that some colleges don’t award credit at all or only award it for select AP exams. Still, they might use your scores for placement purposes, such as in foreign language or math courses. 

 

If you want to gauge how you did on the test compared to your peers, take a look at the percentage of test-takers who earned a 3 or above on these tests in the past, as per the charts below. This will give you insight into the strength of your performance.

 

2019 AP Scores

 

AP Exam

Percentage of Students Who Scored 3 or Higher

Studio Art: Drawing

91.1%

Chinese Language and Culture

89.9%

Spanish Language and Culture

88.7%

Studio Art: 2-D Design

86.4%

Spanish Language and Culture (Standard)

82.4%

Physics C: Mechanics

81.8%

Seminar

81.1%

Calculus BC

81.0%

Japanese Language and Culture

79.3%

French Language and Culture

77.1%

Research

75.9%

French Language and Culture (Standard)

73.9%

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

73.0%

German Language and Culture

72.3%

Spanish Literature

72.3%

Computer Science Principles

71.9%

Studio Art: 3-D Design

70.0%

Computer Science A

69.6%

Microeconomics

69.6%

Chinese Language and Culture (Standard)

66.8%

Italian Language and Culture

66.1%

Government and Politics – Comparative

66.0%

Physics 2

65.4%

German Language and Culture (Standard)

65.1%

Biology

64.7%

Psychology

64.5%

Music Theory

63.7%

Art History

63.1%

Latin

62.9%

Japanese Language and Culture (Standard)

62.4%

Italian Language and Culture (Standard)

62.0%

Statistics

59.7%

Macroeconomics

58.9%

Calculus AB

58.4%

European History

58.1%

Chemistry

55.6%

World History

55.3%

Government and Politics – United States

55.1%

English Language and Composition

54.3%

United States History

53.7%

Environmental Science

49.2%

English Literature and Composition

49.7%

Human Geography

49.1%

Physics 1

45.4%

 

As you can see, the score distribution varies for each exam. You can check out our blog post on more information about the difficulty of AP exams

 

2020 AP Scores 

 

AP Exam

Percentage of Students Who Scored 3 or Higher

Spanish Language (Total)

90.0%

Art and Design: 2D

89.5%

Art and Design: Drawing

89.1%

Chinese Language (Total)

88.7%

Physics C Mechanics

84.3%

Spanish Language (Standard)

84.2%

Japanese Language (Total)

83.6%

French Language (Total)

83.3%

Calculus BC

81.6%

French Language (Standard)

80.9%

Seminar

80.7%

Art and Design: 3D

75.6%

Italian Language (Total)

75.4%

Spanish Literature

75.1%

Physics C E&M

74.4%

German Language (Total)

73.8%

Physics 2

73.3%

Research

72.5%

Italian Language (Standard)

72.2%

Computer Science Principles

71.6%

Japanese Language (Standard)

71.4%

Psychology

71.3%

Chinese Language (Standard)

70.9%

Computer Science A

70.4%

Government & Politics: Comparative

70.2%

Latin

69.2%

Music Theory

69.2%

Biology

69.1%

Economics-Micro

68.9%

Art History

68.7%

German Language (Standard)

67.9%

Economics-Macro

63.2%

English Language

62.1%

Calculus AB

61.4%

World History

60.2%

English Literature

60.1%

Statistics

60.0%

European History

59.3%

Human Geography

59.0%

United States History

58.7%

Government & Politics: United States

57.5%

Chemistry

56.1%

Environmental Science

53.4%

Physics 1

51.6%

 

How Do AP Scores Impact Your College Chances?

 

While your AP scores themselves won’t have an effect on your chances of getting into your top-choice colleges, the strength of your curriculum, including the AP courses you take, will. In fact, the most selective schools may not even view the rest of your application if your course rigor and test scores don’t meet their expectations (though this has changed due to COVID-19 and test-optional policies).

 

To see how your AP classes stack up, use our free chancing engine to find out your odds of admission to hundreds of schools. This helpful tool uses your real information to predict your odds of success and give you tips for improving your profile. 

 

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Laura Berlinsky-Schine
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Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in History. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer specializing in education. She dreams of having a dog.

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