Prohibited items on AP Exam day
Help your students stay focused on their exams and reduce distractions as they enter the testing room by telling them what will not be allowed into the room with them.
What students must leave at home
- Electronic equipment: (cell phone, smart phone, laptop, tablet computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the Internet, and any other electronic or communication devices
- Unapproved aids: Books, compasses, protractors, mechanical pencils, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters*, notes or colored pencils*
- Rulers, straightedges and protractors (except students taking the AP Physics Exams)
- Scratch paper; notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets or, for Chinese Language and Culture and Japanese Language and Culture, on scratch paper provided by the proctor
- Watches that beep or have an alarm, or smartwatches.
- Computers* (except as noted for students with disabilities) or calculators (except students taking the AP Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exams). Visit the most current lists of AP-approved graphing calculators on The College Board student site
- Reference guides, keyboard maps or other typing instructions
- Clothing with subject-related information
- Food or drink*
Students found guilty of violating the above guidelines will have their scores cancelled by The College Board. More importantly, The College Board could determine the disruption to be so egregious that all students in the testing room have their scores cancelled as well. Should that occur, the student, parent/guardian would be responsible for paying the total cost for every cancelled exam in the room ($96.00 per exam).
* Unless this has been preapproved as an accommodation by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities office prior to the exam date.