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Oakton AP Exam Information

These questions were updated on April 6, 2021.

What do I need to do to make sure I'm ready to test in May online?  All students will have to have a College Board account in order to access important classroom materials as well as register for SAT exams and view scores for SATs, PSATs, and APs. We request that students use a personal email address and not their school email address, as the school email address will expire when they graduate.

Students will login here: myap.collegeboard.org

If you have issues accessing your College Board account, you can follow the College Board's Account Help page. Oakton High School is not able to help with College Board accounts.

All students should log into your College Board account to ensure you can access it. If you are taking a digital exam, you will be required to log in.

More helpful AP-related links for students can be found on Oakton's student portal under "AP Student Information.


When are AP Exams held? Exams will be held throughout May and June. Oakton's testing schedule can be found here


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. Contact Katie Warehime, AP Coordinator, 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 Katie Warehime, AP Coordinator, at @email 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 a snack or lunch. 


I am in an AP class now but I don't want to take the exam in May. What do I need to do?  Opt outs were due by March 24. If you have questions about an upcoming exam, please email Ms. Warehime at @email. This year only, there will not be a fee for not taking an exam you're scheduled for, but it is helpful to know as soon as possible if you are choosing not to sit for the test.


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 October 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 $95. 


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? At this point, it is too late to register for any AP exams. 


What do I need to do prior to exam day once I’m signed up for an AP Exam? How will I access the exam if it is at-home digital?  Make sure you know your testing schedule. We will continue to post updates on the student portal and through this FAQs as well as through emails as testing approaches.

FCPS will be pushing a program to all FCPS-owned devices in early April that will enable students to test for any digital exams. Students can complete practice exams through this program. Students may use a personal device to complete the exam and will be able to download the program in April (we will provide a link). Students cannot use iPads, iPhones, other smart phones, or Chromebooks. 

Between 1-3 days before each digital exam, students must complete exam setup. Exam setup has to be completed on the device that you will be using to test on exam day. 


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 had to be submitted to Oakton by December 11, 2020, 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 Shelley Wiederhold, SSD Coordinator at Oakton High School.

Each of the following must be completed:

Processing for accommodations can take between 7-12 weeks, so we had to have the paperwork in by December 11 to process before AP Testing in May. Paperwork should be delivered to Oakton High School, to the attention of Shelley Wiederhold, or emailed to @email . You may still apply for accommodations at this time, but it is not guaranteed that they will be reviewed prior to AP exams.


What time do AP tests start if they are paper and pencil? Paper / Pencil exams begin at 8:00 am and students should arrive no later than 7:45 am. Most morning exams are completed by 12:00 pm. 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 pm, 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. 

Students who arrive after the test has started will not be admitted.


What time do AP tests start if they are digital online? Digital AP exams start at either 12:00 pm or 4:00 pm. Students should log in by 30 minutes prior to the exam time starting. Students will not be able to take the test if they log in past 12:00 or 4:00 pm. 


What do I do if I have technical issues on my digital exam? What if I have an issue submitting the exam to College Board? The good news is that College Board will allow for occasional drops in internet while you are completing your exam. At the end of the exam, it will automatically be uploaded. If there are issues, please continue to follow the prompts on the screen. This year, there will not be any pictures to upload; all components that you are submitting will be entered online.


What am I allowed to have with me for an at-home digital exam?  Students should be ready to take the exam without using any kind of notes or other material with them. Students testing at home may use their own scratch paper.

All digital exams will have a 20 minute break between two sections. The next section will begin automatically after 20 minutes so students should be back at their testing location so they are ready to start or they will lose some of the testing time.


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 Katie Warehime at @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. 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? 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 our AP Test Coordinator at Katie Warehime at @email or 703-319-2806.