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What Students Will Need

Help your students prepare for exam day by knowing what they must have when they enter the testing room.

What students must bring

  • Several sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) for all responses on their multiple-choice answer sheet
  • Pens with black or dark-blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams
  • Their own school's code if they are testing at a school different from the one they regularly attend. Home-schooled students will be provided with their state's or country's home-school code at the time of the exam
  • A watch that does not beep or have an alarm (in case the exam room does not have a clock that can be easily seen).
  • Up to two approved calculators with the necessary capabilities if they are taking an AP Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exam. Students should visit to find the calculator policy for their subject. 
  • A ruler or straightedge only if they are taking an AP Physics Exam (Protractors are not allowed.)
  • Their AP Student Pack. If they do not attend the school where they are taking the exam, they should also bring a government-issued or school-issued photo ID.
  • Social Security number (for U.S. Citizens)** for identification purposes (optional). If students provide their number, it will appear on their AP score report.
  • If applicable, their SSD Student Accommodation Letter which verifies that they have been approved for a testing accommodation such as Braille or large-type exams.

* Additional ID may be requested by authorized test centers outside the U.S.

** Some colleges and universities use Social Security numbers as student identifiers when assigning AP credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP scores. While the College Board does not require students to provide their Social Security number, they may want to check with the college or university where they are sending scores to see if they prefer for students to provide a Social Security number on their AP Exam answer sheet.

Sample letters for students

Each year, the AP Program creates sample letters you can send to the students in your school regarding the AP Exam administration. As schools test both on- and off-site, we have provided you with two letters to choose from. Both letters contain information on what students should and shouldn't bring to the exams, where the exams are, when they should arrive for each exam, and so forth. The off-site letter also includes sample permission slips, since students will be leaving the campus to attend the exam administration and will therefore need their parent or guardian's permission to do so.

You will notice that both letters have spaces where you should insert information that directly relates to your school's exam administration. These letters can and should be edited to reflect your school's specific policies. Details like exam rooms, school name, and the AP Coordinator's name will need to be completed. There are also sentences or phrases that begin and end with brackets. These symbols surround phrases that may not directly apply to your school. Specifics like arrival time, refund information, and attendance policies on exam days can change from school to school, so you will need to make a decision on what needs to be included.

Customized Entry Pages


  • AP Services
  • P.O. Box 6671
  • Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6671
  • Phone: 877-274-6474 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 212-632-1781
  • Email:

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