Advanced Placement Exam 2023: Registration, Pattern, Preparation, Eligibility & Test centers

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on Sep 26, 2023 13:17 IST

What is Advanced Placement? It is a program created by the College Board and accepted in the US and Canada. This program offers university-level courses and exams which students can take while they are in high school. Many schools offer AP courses, however, even if a school does not offer AP courses, students themselves can prepare for the exam and appear for the test at any local test centre.

Advanced Placement Exam

Importance of Advanced Placement Exam

Numerous universities in the US and universities in Canada recognize qualifying the AP Exam score of 3 or more on a scale of 5 for credit or advanced placement. AP indicates that the student has mastered university-level knowledge while studying in school. It is accepted in more than 70 countries. It facilitates a candidate's entry to top colleges.

Advanced Placement Exam Eligibility

High school students across the world take Advance Placement exams to earn college credit and placement. The exam is administered in May every year. However, students need to register early for these exams. 

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Advanced Placement Exam Registration

Candidates can now register at the authorised test centres for the May 2024 AP Exams. Registrations at some of the centres may open a bit late as well and the timeline for each centre differs. The registration process has to be completed by the students with their choice of test centre between September to mid-November 2023. They will also have to make the payment for the same. A second registration window may be opened by a few test centres between December to mid-March 2024. This will cost an extra amount.

Steps to register for AP Exams:

  • Students should create a College Board account to register for the AP exam online.
  • Students need to pay test centres directly for the exams.
  • Once the seat is confirmed, students will receive an admission ticket from the test centre.
  • Once the student registers for the exam online and pays the test centre, the Registration is final.
  • Even if the student has aided to the test centre but has not completed the online registration for the AP, the student will not be able to take the exam.
  • To complete registration, the student needs to do both these things.

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List of AP Courses for International Students

Following are the AP courses offered under the AP program for international students for also earning a credit are as follows:

List of AP Courses for International Students
History & Social Science AP Courses 
AP Comparative Government & Politics AP European History AP Human Geography
AP Macroeconomics AP Microeconomics  AP Psychology
AP United States Government & Politics  AP United States History AP World History: Modern
Maths & Computer Science AP Courses
AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science Principles AP Precalculus AP Statistics
Science AP Courses
AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Environmental Science
AP Physics 1 & 2: Algebra-based   AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism  AP Physics C: Mechanics
English AP Courses
AP English Language & Composition AP English Literature & Composition -
World Languages & Cultures - AP Courses
AP Chinese Language & Culture AP French Language & Culture AP German Language & Culture
AP Italian Language & Culture AP Japanese Language & Culture AP Latin
AP Spanish Language & Culture AP Spanish Literature & Culture -
Arts AP Courses
AP 2-D Art & Design AP 3-D Art & Design AP Art History
AP Drawing AP Music Theory -

This is the exhaustive ist and course wise details can be found on the official website of College Board. 

Advantages of the AP Exam

Various universities give credit or Advanced Placement to students who qualify for the AP Exam scores of 3 or more. If a student has scored 4 on the English Language and Composition test, then he/she may become eligible to skip the university's English Language 101 course. The more number of classes a student skips with the AP Exam scores, the more money he/she will save on tuition.

Students can even skip the introductory course through qualifying AP Exam scores. In that period of time, students can attend other classes which will be counted in their degree. Students can utilize this time for earning a double major, or doing an internship or they can graduate early as well.

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Advanced Placement Exam for UK Universities

Students can apply to universities in the UK through UCAS along with their AP results. AP Exam scores will give them an edge over other applicants. Top universities like Oxford accept AP Exam scores.

Advanced Placement Exam Preparation Tips

AP Exams comprise MCQs or Essay questions and most of the exams are two to three hours long. AP courses help students by imparting knowledge that they can utilize in their college. Students can prepare for the AP Exams themselves without taking the AP course as a precondition. They can follow these given AP exam prep tips:

  • Begin revising from old textbooks and notes each day without fail and side by side prepare on the recent resources.
  • Start making notes and prepare keeping the AP exam pattern in mind.
  • Buy relevant books that can prove useful in preparing for the related AP course and cracking the exam.
  • In case the school teachers are unable to help or preparation requires professional help, then go for it.
  • Finally, revision and mocks are the keys to success in cracking not just AP exams but any exam for that matter. 

Apart from this, scheduling in a calendar and sticking to the set structure can yield benefits for those appearing for the AP exam. 

Advanced Placement Exam Scores

AP Exam scores are released to students, colleges, and universities in July every year. Students need to visit the AP website to view their scores. Colleges and universities receive the AP Scores through the official AP Score Report sent by the AP Program. The first Score Report sent by the AP is free, students can order online by paying charges to send score reports to additional universities. Students also have the option to withhold or cancel their scores.

Advanced Placement Exam Dates 2024

In the year 2024, this exam will be held in AP-authorised schools and test locations. It will be a paper-and-pencil exam, the duration for which will be two weeks in May (May 6-10 and May 13-17).

Week 1

Morning Slot

Afternoon Slot

May 6, 2024

United States Government and Politics

Art History


May 7, 2024

Human Geography




May 8, 2024

English Literature and Composition

Comparative Government and Politics

Computer Science A

May 9, 2024

Chinese Language and Culture

Environmental Science


May 10, 2024

European History

United States History


Spanish Literature and Culture

Week 2

Morning Slot

Afternoon Slot

May 13, 2024

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Italian Language and Culture


May 14, 2024

English Language and Composition

African American Studies

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

May 15, 2024

French Language and Culture

World History: Modern

Computer Science Principles

Music Theory

May 16, 2024

Spanish Language and Culture


Japanese Language and Culture

May 17, 2024

German Language and Culture

Physics 1: Algebra-Based


Physics 2: Algebra-Based

There is also an option for late testing available for those going to AP courses. In order to avoid security lapses, applicants can appear late for these exams later than the registration date. Applicants must check the late testing option availability at their designated test centres. For 2024, the late testing dates are May 22, May 23 and May 24.

Advanced Placement Exam Test Centres 

Registration fees and deadlines vary by the test centre. Candidates need to contact the test centre for the registration instructions and details.

Indian City

AP Test Centre Name

Offers Late Testing


Ahmedabad International School



Spring Dale Senior School



Bangalore International School






Chirec International School



The Emerald Heights International School



Jayshree Periwal High School

Contact centre for info





City Montessori Inter College



Sat Paul Mittal School



Mussoorie International School

Contact centre for info




New Delhi




Alliance World School



The Galaxy School



Oakridge International School


Applicants applying for an AP course exam, should check out the timeline first and then apply for the exams. In order to gain a credit, applicants must check out the process and details accordingly. 

Advanced Placement Exam FAQs

Q. Which is the toughest AP exam in 2022?

A. According to reports, the toughest AP exam was AP Physics C last conducted in the year 2023 and the following was the passing rate: 

AP Class/Exam Pass Rate (3+) Perfect Score (5)
Physics 1 43.3% 7.9%
United States History 48.2% 10.8%
United States Government and Politics 48.6% 12%
Macroeconomics 51.8% 16.4%
Human Geography 53.2% 14.9%
Environmental Science 53.8% 8.9%

Apart from Physics, US history, US government & politics and other AP exam classes were also classified under the toughest exams, with lowest passing rates. 

Q. What is the average score for AP Exams?

A. The average score for AP Exams is 2.92 as per the College Board for the exams were last conducted in the year 2022. More than 60% of all exams taken earned a score of 3 or higher. AP Exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Many U.S. colleges grant credit and/or advanced placement for scores of 3 and above. 

Q. How many AP exams should I take for Harvard?

A. Going up the selectivity chain, the average at Harvard is eight AP classes. To be competitive at some of the most highly selective colleges in the country, 8-12 AP courses may be the sweet spot amount, assuming the student can handle that level of rigor.

Q. How many APS are required for Ivy Leagues?

A. To be a competitive candidate for admission, you will need to take at least 8 AP® classes, more if you can. It is a good idea to take 1 AP® course in each of the following core disciplines: English, Foreign Language, History, Math, and Science to impress the admissions officers.

Q. Which are the most popular AP Exam Courses?

A. Students can study 38 AP Exam Courses in AP Capstone Diploma Program, Sciences, History & Social Science, Math & Computer Science, English, Arts, Science, etc. Students check the exam pattern before the preparation to get a good score.

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