AP Test Dates 2022 And Guide

Are you looking for the AP exam dates for 2022? We have all of the AP test dates for 2022, as well as tips for surviving the hectic May exam season. Continue reading to stay on top of your 2021-2022 study schedule and to learn how to cope with the stress of endless AP exams!

What Is the AP Schedule for 2022?


The 2022 AP Exams will be given on paper and pencil from May 2–6 and May 9–13. The computer-administered AP Chinese and AP Japanese tests are the only exceptions to this rule.

If you’re a student taking multiple AP classes and find yourself with two tests scheduled simultaneously on the same day, the College Board usually has a late-testing program that can accommodate the changes you require.

More information on the late-testing schedule can be found here. The College Board has not announced any changes to the AP Exam schedule for 2022 due to COVID-19. You can, however, always refer to our COVID-19 article for the most up-to-date information on any AP Exam changes

How to Maintain Concentration During the AP Exam Period

Managing your time in May can be difficult while feeling prepared for each AP exam, whether you’re taking two or five!

I’m pretty familiar with the AP time constraint. Every May during my final three years of high school, I had multiple exams, and each year had a different but challenging schedule.

I had three AP exams in one week my sophomore year. During my junior year, I took 2 tests in 2 days. Senior year was more of a race: I took four tests in four days, from the first to the last!

You can expect your AP schedule to be difficult, whether it feels like a sprint or a marathon. I know how hard it can be to maintain your energy and motivation during the exam period. My advice is to memorize your AP exam schedule as soon as possible so that you can begin preparing for May.

For example, if you know you’ll have three AP tests in three days, you should finish all of your studying before the AP exams begin.

This way, you can concentrate on remaining rested during the exam period rather than stressing yourself out with last-minute cramming.

If, on the other hand, you have tests on the first, second, and last Friday of the exam period, you should plan to study for your previous two tests during May.

That being said, prioritize the test you’ll be taking soonest and make sure you’re ready for it before May.

Check the tables above to see your AP exam schedule in 2022. Then, in May, follow our rules for staying focused and motivated.

#1: Don’t Cram!

You should have mastered all significant concepts by May and completed at least one practice exam for each AP exam.

Trying to squeeze in last-minute studying during the exam period, such as rushing through a prep book or taking a ton of practice exams, will only add to your stress. You’ll be able to study more effectively if you give yourself enough time.

If you complete your significant studies before May, you can use any extra time to review complex concepts and ensure you’re getting enough rest.

#2: Concentrate on Your Weaknesses

If you know which exam will be the most difficult for you, devote any extra time you have in May to that exam.

For example, if you’re taking both AP Calculus AB and AP US History and are confident in Calculus, you can use any extra time in May to work on AP US History. Recall dates, practice essay questions, or go over your notes.

If you attempt to devote equal amounts of time to each of the approaching exams in May, you run the risk of exhausting your resources. This is why, once again, it is critical to begin studying early so that you have enough time to learn all of the major concepts for your tests before May!

#3: Timing Is Everything

When practising multiple-choice or free-response sections in April or May, make sure to time yourself strictly so you can be prepared for actual AP test timing.

It’s appropriate to take a few untimed multiple-choice or free-response sections earlier in the year. However, before your AP exams, you must ensure that you are prepared for the actual exam timing.

Doing so will make taking the AP exams less stressful because you’ll be used to the time constraints!

#4: Don’t Overwork Yourself

If you have more exams in a week, or two days in a row (or two in a day! ), limit heavy studying and instead make sure you’re getting enough rest.

Getting sleep and eating a healthy, balanced breakfast or lunch before an AP test will do far more to improve your score than memorizing a few more facts or taking one more practice test.

#5: Be Self-Reflective

If you tend to obsess overstudying and get anxious about tests, try to actively schedule a time to do something fun or exercise during the AP exam period.

Whether it’s through yoga, a run, or reading your favourite book, taking time to relax is critical, as anxiety can (and will!) impair your performance on test day.

However, if you’re struggling to stay motivated late in the year and have been slacking on studying, use the remaining time in May to do some practice sections or review critical terms.

Remember that finishing strong and performing well on your AP tests is critical to getting the most out of your AP classes!

#6: Don’t Forget About Your Other Courses

Most teachers should understand homework and assignments during the AP test period, but you should still make sure that your program isn’t crammed with cramming in case you have non-AP class assignments to deal with.


Because your high school GPA is significant for college admissions, don’t let AP exams take over your other classes completely!

#7: Keep Your Objectives in Mind

Whether you want to ace AP Spanish so you won’t have to take a language in college, or you want to get high marks across the board so you can compete for top schools, don’t lose sight of your goals during May.

Even though having a handful of AP exams can be exhausting and stressful, keep your reasons for taking the exams in the back of your mind. This will provide you with the drive you need to finish strong and pass your exams!

 

What About AP Exam Dates in the Future?

You may be curious about the AP exam schedule for 2022 and beyond. Unfortunately, we cannot predict the exact program.

 

This is because the AP Calendar varies slightly from year to year. We can’t say for sure what the 2022 calendar will look like because there are always minor changes—even though the changes from year to year are often insignificant.

While there was a lot of change in 2020 due to the pandemic,

there was also a bit of change in AP test scheduling from 2018 to 2019

—nearly half of all the AP exams moved around time- or day-wise.


If you look back five or even 10 years, the dates change more, and the exams evolve as well.

Some AP tests have been added over time, and some have been taken away, such as French Literature and Studio Art.

In short, you can expect the AP test schedule for the next year or two to

look somewhat similar to the 2022 schedule

—but you can’t do any longer-term planning beyond that!