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Put your expertise to work at the annual AP Reading

Each June, college faculty and AP teachers from around the world gather for the annual AP Reading. Led by a Chief Reader, a college professor responsible for ensuring that AP scoring reflects college-level achievement, AP Readers evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. More than 13,000 teachers and college faculty members participated in the 2015 Reading.

Secondary school Readers can receive certificates rewarding professional defvelopment hours and continuing education units (CEUs) for their participation in the AP Reading. Readers who travel to the Reading are provided an honorarium and their travel expenses, lodging, and meals are covered.

In addition to scoring the exams, being an AP Reader gives you a chance to:

  • Exchange ideas with faculty, teachers, and AP Development Committee members
  • Establish friendships within a worldwide network of faculty members
  • Become familiar with AP scoring standards, which provide valuable knowledge for scoring your own students' essays

AP teachers and college faculty can also participate in the AP Reading from their home or office with flexible, part-time schedules for selected subjects. In 2016, online distributed scoring opportunities are available for AP Seminar and AP U.S. History: Short Answer, allowing a larger number of our colleagues to participate in more flexible ways, and extending professional development benefits to a greater percentage of AP teachers. Online distributed Readers will:

  • Score exam responses from AP high school students
  • Learn how to apply a rubric consistently

What happens at the AP Reading?

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How do I apply?

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What makes the AP Reading so special?

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Apply to become an AP Reader today:

Readers are particularly needed for the following subjects:

Art History
Computer Science A
Environmental Science
European History: Short Answer
Human Geography
Seminar (online)
Spanish Language and Culture
U.S. Government and Politics
U.S. History: DBQ and Long Essay
U.S. History: Short Answer (online)
World History

Eligibility requirements

College Readers must have taught at least one college course comparable to the AP course within the past three years. Secondary school Readers must currently teach the AP course in a face-to-face classroom setting and have at least three years of experience teaching that course. There are two exceptions to this rule:

  • If the AP course is new, teachers must demonstrate appropriate expertise and teaching experience.
  • Teachers who are teaching an online/virtual AP course may apply if they have at least three years of experience teaching the course in a face-to-face classroom setting.

Please note that the Chief Readers who review the applications will need your CV or résumé and course syllabus. If you have any questions about the application process or about any other aspect of the AP Reading, please call 855-827-5387 or email

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Contact Us

Visit Information for Prospective AP Readers for more information. Additionally, you can email ETS ( Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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