AP Exam Expectations

  • Dear Advanced Placement Test Takers and Parents/Guardians,

    Advanced Placement exam administration will take approximately four hours per exam. Students may not be dismissed until an Advanced Placement exam has officially ended; do not ask to leave early, even if everyone else has also completed the exam. If you play a sport or have a job, etc., it is your responsibility to inform your coach/employer/etc., of your Advanced Placement exam schedule, and make arrangements accordingly.

    Get a good night's rest before your exam, and eat a  nutritious breakfast. You are allowed to bring a small snack and water for your ten minute break (not at your desk). It is advisable to dress in layers, in case the room temperature is below your comfort level.

    You should bring the following items to the exam room:

    • Several sharpened number two pencils with erasers for all multiple choice answer sheets (mechanical pencils are not allowed).
    • Several pens with black or dark blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free response questions in most exams.
    • Up to two calculators, but only for authorized exams. Clarify with your instructor in advance and visit www.collegeboard.org/ap/calculators to verify whether a calculator is approved and what capabilities are authorized.  For example, four function with square root?  Scientific? Graphic?
    • Some exams will be digital. Students will need to bring a fully charged school Chromebook to the exam.

    You should not bring the following to the exam room:

    • Cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, email/messaging devices, and any other electronic or communication devices including smart watches, etc.
    • Books, compasses, colored pencils, correction fluid, erasers, dictionaries, highlighters, or notes.
    • Rulers and straight edges, except for Advanced Placement Physics exam.
    • Pencil sharpeners, which is why bringing several sharpened pencils is strongly advised.
    • Scratch paper. Notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets.
    • computers or calculators, except as noted above.
    • Watches that beep or have an alarm. A clock will be visible to all testers.
    • Portable listening or recording devices, even with headphones, or photographic equipment.
    • Clothing with subject related information.

    Refer to the College Board webpage regarding "What Students Can and Cannot Bring".

    You are required to abide by the policies of both the College Board and the Lake Oswego School District during the exam period. Any misconduct will be reported and could jeopardize your Advanced Placement exam grade. 

    If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact your school's Advanced Placement Coordinator.

    Thank you,

    Lois Moll     Lakeridge High School Advanced Placement Coordinator      molll@loswego.k12.or.us

    Barbara Mackey  Lake Oswego High School Advanced Placement Coordinator  mackeyb@loswego.k12.or.us