Know the Instructions

Did you know you’re going to be allotted a specific time period for reading during the following Advanced Placement (AP) exams?  See below for the specific instructions from the College Board website.

AP Exam Reading Periods

Eight AP Exams – Biology, English Language and Composition, European History, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, United States History, and World History – have a 10- or 15-minute reading period in Section II (free response) that provides students with the opportunity to read the exam questions and any related sources and documents and plan their responses.

  • This time is part of the overall Section II timing and must be given to students.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of this time, which is designed to help them develop better-organized, higher-scoring responses; however, they are permitted to begin writing their responses before the reading period is over.

TIP:  Read through all the directions for each of the AP Exams you’re scheduled to take.  Then, you can challenge the proctor, if s/he does not grant you the allotted time.  (And, yes, proctors have been known NOT to follow the directions.) 


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