How do I order an AP Exam?

Step 1: Submit Exam Fees – All exams must be prepaid. To initiate an order, students submit their exam fees via this website between August 28, 2019 and October 31, 2019. To submit fees, click on the link below and complete the online payment form. Payment may be submitted with credit or debit card or mailed in with a check/money order.

Step 2: Activate Exam – Students with successfully submitted exam fee payments will receive at their student email address provided on the payment form a “Next Steps” email that will detail exam activation steps.

Students must activate their exams on The College Board MyAP site by JOINing their AP® Exam on the MyAP Site at To access the site, create or use a College Board Profile. You will then ‘Join’ your classes by entering the exam Join Code (Access Code) that will link you to your specific subject. Join Codes will be provided in your “Next Steps” email.

November 1, 2019 is the deadline to activate your exam.

⇒  BOTH Step 1 AND Step 2 must be completed by November 1, 2019 to complete the exam order. Failure to complete the exam activation step 2, will result in the pending exam order to be cancelled and no order submitted. Late Exam orders will incur a $50 penalty fee. No new exam orders will be processed after February 28, 2020.

Why do I need to activate an exam on The College Board MyAP System?

Starting in August 2019, College Board has launched a new system that all students join if sitting for a May AP® Exam. Instead of the pre-administration sessions held in previous years where students entered personal information to identify themselves by hand on exam materials, students will now JOIN the AP ®Exam Group and complete the Registration Profile section on the MyAP website to enable custom printing of AP® exam barcode labels for each student for exam day. This saves valuable time and also allows for early correction of personal information such as misspellings in names or failure to use a full legal name. It also results in faster transfer of scores to colleges/universities.

Tips for setting up your College Board Profile on MyAP:

– Students should use an email address that you will have access to throughout high school AND university and that is checked frequently so you can receive alerts regarding your exams

– Make sure to enter your COMPLETE legal name to prevent issues with sending score reports to colleges and universities

– Send Scores: You can log into your MyAP account and request a free copy of your AP® Exam score report sent to a college/university of your choice. The deadline to request the free score report is June 15. Log in and navigate to My AP Profile and then ‘Send Scores.’

I can’t access my College Board Profile account or am not sure I have one. What do I do?

The College Board Profile is the same account used to access your past years’ AP® scores, PSAT® scores, and SAT® scores. Do not create a new one! Each student should have only ONE unique account. If you are unable to access the account, try using the ‘Forget Password?’ link on OR email OR call 888-225-5427 for assistance.

Where do I get the Join Code to complete the join step on the MyAP site?

Join Codes are subject specific and are issued upon successful payment submission via email. Join Codes are sent to the student email address provided on the payment form, and the subject line of the email is “Next Steps – Exam Activation.”

I haven’t received my “Next Steps” email with the exam join code. What do I do?

Join Codes are emailed out in the “Next Steps” email within 48-hrs of confirmation of successful payment submission. They are sent to the student email address provided on the payment form so that the student can complete the exam activation steps in their student College Board accounts. Please check your spam folder. If you are unable to find the exam, please email for assistance – include in the email your name, name of your school, and a short message. Join Codes will NOT be issued over the phone. Please send the request to re-issue the Join Codes from an email address linked to your payment form – for faster identify verification.

I missed the October 28 deadline to submit my exam fees. What do I do?

Late orders will be accepted from November 15, 2019 through February 28, 2020 and will incur a penalty fee of $50 per exam. No fees will be accepted after February 28, 2020.

I missed the November 1 exam activation deadline. What do I do?

To complete an exam order BOTH payment and exam activation must be completed. Students who initiated an exam order by October 28, 2019 and do not complete the join code activation step by November 1, 2019 at 11:59pm will automatically have their pending exam order cancelled and fees refunded. To re-activate the exam order they will need to submit a new order during the late order period (November 15, 2019 through February 28, 2020) with a late penalty fee of $50 per exam. No exam orders will be accepted after February 28, 2020 and no exam activations will be possible after February 28, 2020.

How do I submit the exam fees?

Payment for exams may be done via credit card or debit card, OR by mailing in a check or money order. There will be an online payment fee of 3% for payments submitted by credit or debit card. Directions for payment can be found  in your e-mail invoice which will be sent to the email address you provide on your College Board profile. Postmark deadline to ensure timely mail in deposit processing is October 28, 2019.

I no longer need want to take the exam. What do I do?

Once a student has submitted an exam order, no cancellation or refund is possible.

Can I change when I take the exam?

Exam times are set by The College Board.  Note that AP® Exams must be taken only at the times established by The College Board. Click here for the 2020 National Exam Calendar.