Learn the ins and outs of exam security before you test. Breaking the rules could cost you your score.

The policies and procedures found in the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents are designed to make sure every AP student gets the same chance to demonstrate their knowledge on exam day without anyone gaining an unfair advantage, but when you agree to follow them what exactly are you agreeing to?

Keeping Exams Secure

Because AP Exams are given on the same day around the world, and because some exam questions are reused from year to year, it is critical that students taking the exam follow policies and procedures to keep the questions secure. The exam security policies and procedures you agree to include things such as:

  • Taking your AP Exam at the scheduled date and time.
  • Not opening your exam materials until your proctor tells you to do so.
  • Not taking exam materials from the testing room.

Violating these, or any of the “Test Security and Test Administration Policies and Procedures” found in the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents, could cause your score to be canceled. Under some circumstances you could even be barred from future AP testing.


Discussing Exam Questions

The College Board will automatically cancel your exam score if you are discovered disclosing:

  • multiple-choice questions;
  • free-response questions from an alternate exam;
  • free-response questions from a regularly scheduled exam within two days of its administration; or
  • free-response questions that are not released on the College Board website two days after the regularly scheduled exam administration.

This means that something you may not have intended as a violation, like casually talking about a multiple-choice question with your friends or your teacher during the exam break, or discussing a free-response online right after the exam, can actually result in having your score canceled.

You can only discuss free-response questions from a regularly scheduled exam after two days have passed, and if that particular free-response question was released on the College Board website.


You are also agreeing not to engage in misconduct during the AP Exam, including:

  • Obtaining improper access to the exam, or a part of the exam, or information about the exam
  • Removing a page or pages from the exam book
  • Leaving the testing room without permission
  • Copying from another student's work or a published work
  • Attempting to take the exam for someone else
  • Creating a disturbance

If found doing these, or any of the examples of misconduct listed in the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents, you may be asked to turn in your exam materials and leave the exam room. You may not return to the exam room, and your score will not be reported.

Consequences for Violating Security Policies

The following security policy update is now in effect:

The College Board will prohibit individuals from taking the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or AP Exams when we conclude they have deliberately gained or attempted to gain or share an unfair advantage on any College Board test, or otherwise threatened the integrity of the test. Examples include viewing or capturing images with a cell phone on test day or being caught with a “cheat sheet” containing test content, answer keys, or other content that would provide an unfair advantage.

The duration of an individual’s ban may vary depending on the circumstances and severity of the violation, as determined by the College Board’s discretion. The College Board reserves the right to share information, including the names of banned test takers, with their attending high schools and interested higher education institutions.

Appeals of the ban will be considered and decided at the College Board’s discretion.

Following exam security policies and procedures keeps things fair for you and your fellow exam takers. So, before exam day, make sure you’ve read through the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents so you know what to do and what not to do.