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Oakton AP Exam Information

These questions were updated on September 27, 2022.

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding the 2023 AP exams at Oakton.

Issues with your College board account?

Students will login here: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/

If you have issues accessing your College Board account, there are prompts on that page that can help you, or you can contact the College Board at 888-225-5427. Oakton High School is not able to help with College Board accounts.

What information do I need to know about AP testing at Oakton? You can read our AP Testing letter (to come in April 2023!) with details about May AP exams. Other questions are answered below! 

How can I sign up for an AP exam in a class I'm not taking at Oakton? You can complete our 2023 non-enrolled exam registration form; it is available as a Google form or as a form to print out. After you have submitted the form and paid the $96 fee, you will receive a join code. The deadline to register for an AP exam is Friday, October 28. 

When are AP Exams held? Exams will be held the weeks of May 1 and May 8. The full schedule from the College Board can be found on their website.  Please note that FCPS has rescheduled the AP exams scheduled for May 3 to May 17.

Where are AP exams held? You can find the location for all AP exams here (coming soon!). Students will receive a testing message with their specific locations as well. 

I have a conflict with the date of my AP exam. What should 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 Martha Rodeheaver, Assistant Principal, at @email, as soon as you know you have a conflict to schedule a late 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 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 $96. 

What time do AP tests start? Morning AP 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 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 Martha Rodeheaver, Assistant Principal, 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 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

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 December 9, 2022, 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 Rochelle Sherrill, 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 December 10 to process before AP Testing in May. Paperwork should be delivered to Oakton High School, to the attention of Rochelle Sherrill, or emailed to @email.

Who do I contact if I have any questions about AP Testing at Oakton? You may contact Martha Rodeheaver, Assistant Principal, at @email or 703-319-2773.