Advanced Placement

Exam Schedule and Registration

2021-22 AP Exam Schedule, Registration, and Upcoming Deadlines

The 2022 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams will be administered in schools as paper-and-pencil* exams over two weeks in May: May 2–6 and May 9–13.

*As usual, AP Chinese and AP Japanese Exams are administered in schools on computers. There will be no other digital or at-home testing option available in 2022.

Please visit the College Board website for the May 2022 AP Exam Schedule.

AP Testing is highly encouraged, but not required. Per the College Board, AP courses offer the opportunity to study a subject in-depth at the college level. This better prepares students for college work. If the student receives a high enough score on an AP Exam, the student may be eligible for credit, advanced placement, or both at most colleges and universities in the United States.

AP Exam Registration and Fees

New for 2021-22

Seattle Public School (SPS) students who wish to take AP exams at their high school must register to take the exam(s) by the district-wide AP Registration & Fees Payment Deadline of November 5, 2021.

The College Board has set the national deadline for ordering all AP exams by November 15, 2021. In order for the SPS AP Coordinators to complete the process for ordering all AP exams by this national deadline, the district needs to finalize all registrations and fees from students by November 5, 2021. The only exception made for late registration is for new students from another district that enter mid-year.  However, students and families still have options if the AP Registration deadline is missed. 

As such, students who are enrolled in a yearlong AP class at SPS will not be allowed to take the test for that AP course at SPS if they are not registered for that exam by November 15.

AP exam registrations that are not paid for (or have no payment arrangements made) by the exam order deadline date of November 15, 2021 will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered. 

AP Exam Ordering Deadline

November 5, 2021 (5:00 p.m. PT) This is the final ordering deadline for all SPS students to register for an AP exam for first semester and yearlong AP courses.


  • No registrations will be allowed after November 5, 2021 for first semester and yearlong AP classes at SPS.
  • All unused or cancelled AP exams will incur a $40 fee per exam. (Note: this is a policy that the College Board is reinstating for 2022, not a Seattle Public Schools policy.) 

AP Exam Fees and Payment

  • $103 per exam
  • $151 per exam for AP Capstone (AP Seminar or AP Research)

*Students who are eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch should work with their school’s AP Coordinator to receive an exam fee reduction or waiver for 2022.


More information about how to pay AP exam fees will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact your high school’s AP Coordinator.

Families of out-of-district or homeschooled students interested in registering for an AP exam in 2022 should contact the SPS AP Program Coordinator, Bhumi Dalia, for more details.

Registration and Payments After Deadline

Options for students who miss the SPS AP Exam Registration and Payment Deadline

Option 1 – If a student in 9th, 10th or 11th grade misses the AP Exam registration deadline, the student has the option to take the desired AP exam next year.  

Option 2 – The College Board has an Advanced Placement phone number for Students & Families that may be helpful.  They are usually able to offer students and families a current list of smaller districts or private schools that may have the capacity to offer late registrations. 

College Board AP Help Line for Students and Families is available via Phone at (888) 225-5427 and the AP Services for Students Contact Form.

AP Exams for AP Courses Not Taught in the Seattle Public Schools

This year, Seattle Public Schools will not offer AP exams for AP courses that are not taught at one of the district’s high schools. This will ensure that all district resources are equitably allocated for students who are enrolled in or taking an AP exam for an AP course that is already offered in the district.

Students and families are encouraged to explore one of the alternate options listed below for AP exams not currently administered at one of the SPS high schools.

Option 1: Look at the College Board’s AP Ledger, which provides a list of AP courses offered by school nationwide. Search for a neighboring school that offers the AP course of your interest and directly contact their AP Coordinator for help with registration next steps.

Option 2: Explore alternate exam options with the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). According to the College Board website, “CLEP offers 34 exams that cover introductory level college course material. With a passing score on one CLEP exam, you could earn three or more college credits at 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities.” Search for a local CLEP test center and register for an available exam in the upcoming school year.  

Option 3: Considering enrolling in a dual-credit course through College in the High School or Running Start courses offered in the district to receive college credit upon course completion. Students should contact their high school counselor for more information about these options.