AP Exams

Timeline | AP Exams | PSAT/SAT/ACT | SOL Testing | Final Exams | PoL


Even though they are not held until May, preparations are underway for the AP Tests that we give at Oakton High School. 

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding AP Tests and possible actions that need to be taken before the May exams. There are some deadlines already approaching, so please read through to find any information applicable to you! 


What information do I need to know about AP testing at Oakton? You can read our AP Testing letter with details about May AP exams. Other questions are answered below! 

When are AP Exams held? Exams will be held the weeks of May 6 and May 13. The full schedule can be found here: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/exam/dates_fees/index.html Oakton’s exam schedule and locations can be found here. Students will get full details about their specific testing location at preregistration

I have a conflict with the date of my AP exam. What do I do? Possible conflicts include a religious holiday, an academic contest, an athletic contest, a conflict with another AP exam, a family commitment, or another school event. Most of those conflicts will require a $45 late exam fee. Contact Alyson Calvello at @email, as soon as you know you have a conflict to schedule a late test.

I’m taking two classes that have exams at the same time. Which will I take on exam day? Contact Alyson Calvello at @email in school counseling to discuss your exam schedule. If you are taking two tests on the same day, but not at the same time, it is not possible to reschedule one for a later date. You will have a short break between the two exams to eat lunch. 

I am in an AP class now. What do I need to do to make sure I am signed up for the exam in May? You are automatically signed up for the corresponding AP test in any AP class you are taking. 

I am in an AP class now but I don't want to take the exam in May. What do I need to do?  You should receive a letter by January 16th that gives the option to opt out of AP exams. This form must be returned by February 1 to the school counseling office (located in Trailer 31). Do not return the opt out form to teachers. If you do not opt out of exams prior to February 1, you will automatically be registered and billed, if applicable. No extensions will be granted to the February 1 deadline to opt out of a test.

More information about opting out of an AP exam can be found here.

Do I need to pay for the AP exams I'm taking?  The fees for the first six AP tests taken by each student for courses in which they are enrolled for high school credit will be paid by FCPS. The letter you receive in January will detail how many tests you have taken previously. Full information about AP test fees can be found on the FCPS website. Any exams students take beyond the six FCPS-funded tests will be charged a fee of $93. 

I want to take an AP exam in a class I’m not taking / I don’t attend Oakton and want to take an AP test there. What do I need to do? High School students not enrolled in an AP Class at Oakton who wish to take an exam in May should fill out this form and submit $93 payment by March 1. No late registrations will be accepted. Please note that this is dependent on available space. 

What do I need to do prior to exam day once I’m signed up for an AP Exam? All students taking an AP test at Oakton High School need to attend a preregistration session. Preregistration is for students to fill out required paperwork, such as home address information, that must be done prior to the first exam day of May 6. 

How do I apply for College Board Accommodations for my student?  Students who have an IEP or 504 do not automatically have College Board accommodations. Paperwork must be submitted to Oakton by February 15, 2019, to allow for processing prior to the College Board deadline; however, we encourage students to submit paperwork as early as possible. All paperwork is to be given to Chris Buckley, SSD Coordinator at Oakton High School. Each of the following must be completed:

Processing for accommodations can take between 7-12 weeks, so we must have the paperwork in by February 22 to process before AP Testing in May. Paperwork should be delivered to Oakton High School, to the attention of Chris Buckley, or emailed to cjbuckley@fcps.edu

What time do AP tests start? Morning AP Exams begin at 8:00 a.m.; more information on specific arrival time will be shared during preregistration. Most morning exams are completed by 12:00 p.m. Students taking an exam in the afternoon should report no later than 11:30 a.m. for their exam. Afternoon exams typically run to about 4:00 p.m., and student transportation will need to be provided by student or parent. If a student is taking an exam in both the morning and the afternoon, he or she will have a brief break in between to eat lunch. 

What if I’m sick on test day? Students should make all efforts to take AP tests on the College Board scheduled day. If students are extremely ill on the day of the test and unable to make it to school, they need to contact Alyson Calvello and Katie Warehime at @email and @email on the morning of the test. A note is required to take a late test, and failure to provide documentation forfeits your right to take a late exam; there are no exceptions.

What if I get caught in traffic and run late on the day of the test? Unfortunately, once the test has started, students will not be admitted. Plan ahead and plan to be early for the test so this is a non-issue. A late test cannot be given for this situation.

What am I allowed to bring with me to the test? In general, make sure you have several #2 pencils (not mechanical), an eraser, and a blue or black pen. As temperature can vary, please dress in layers to keep you comfortable during the exam. Check with your AP teacher for suggested items you might need such as a calculator in math and science classes. Specific exam information for each course, such as calculators you might be allowed to have, can be found here: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/exam-policies/exam-day-policies

Can I have my cell phone with me on the day of my test? No. Leave your cell phone in your locker. You will not be able to use it, and it might result in an irregularity on test day; this could include your score being invalidated.

What else should I leave at home or in my locker? Students should not have any of the following with them on test day:

  • Electronic devices – iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, cell phones
  • Extra materials – books, compasses, mechanical pencils, correction fluid, colored pencils, pencil cases
  • Backpacks
  • Tissue boxes
  • Rulers and straightedges (this will be provided on the AP Physics exam)
  • Scratch paper
  • Watches that beep or have an alarm
  • Portable listening devices or recording devices (even with headphones and even if you’re done with a section early)
  • Food or drink (including water bottles)
  • Computers – if you use a word processor as an accommodation, it will be provided by the school. You may not bring your own
  • Calculators (unless taking AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics C-Mech, Physics C-E&M, or Statistics). Visit the most current list of AP-approved calculators on the College Board student site.
  • Clothing with subject-related information

Who do I contact if I have any questions about AP Testing at Oakton? You may contact either of the AP Test Coordinators:

Alyson Calvello at @email or 703-319-2720

Katie Warehime at @email or 703-319-2806