• AP Dos Donts

    AP Exams Do’s & Don’ts

    You know that “AP" doesn't stand for "All-Powerful," but it could. If you're feeling the pressure of the all-powerful AP exams, and all you want to do is curl up in a ball, no worries, we're here to help. Take a deep breath and check out our AP Do’s and Don’ts list.

    Remember, you got this!

    DO Bring Pencils & Pens
    We know this is our first “DO,” but don’t just bring one pencil. You should bring several sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers for completing multiple-choice answer sheets. You can also bring a few pens with black or dark blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams.

    DON’T Bring Other Writing Tools
    Although they are fun to work with, mechanical pencils, colored pencils, correction fluid, and highlighters are not allowed. Save those for other creative projects.

    DO Bring a Ruler 
    You are allowed to use a ruler if you’re taking the AP Physics Exam, but not a protractor. Rulers are not allowed for any other AP Exams.

    DON’T Bring Notes or Scratch Paper
    You can, however, make notes on whatever space is available to write on, whether it’s the margins of your exam booklet or your arm. Okay, your arm is probably not the best place to make notes. Stick to your exam booklet.

    DO Bring a Watch
    If you think you will not be able to see the clocks clearly in the exam area, be sure to bring your favorite watch.

    DON’T Bring a Noisy Watch
    Don’t be that person whose watch has a timer that beeps or makes noises every few minutes. Annoying!

    DO Bring a Calculator
    You can bring up to two calculators with the necessary capabilities if you are taking an AP Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, or Physics exam.

    DON’T Bring a New Calculator You’ve Never Used Before
    Test day is not the day to start using a fancy new calculator with functions and figures you don't know how to use. Visit the College Board website for more information on approved graphing calculators and policies.

    DO Bring Your Photo ID & Social Security Number
    Although it’s optional, we suggest you bring your photo ID and social security number for identification purposes. If you provide it, the number will appear on your AP score reports.

    DON'T Bring Any Electronic Devices to the Exam
    Leave the following devices at home or in your car: Cell phones, smartphones, smartwatches, laptops, tablet computers, portable listening or recording devices, MP3 players (with headphones), iPods, cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the Internet, personal digital assistants (PDAs), Bluetooth-enabled devices, e-mail/messaging devices, or any other electronic or communication devices. PHEW, that’s a long list!

    DO Bring a Lunch
    By the time you finish the exam, you'll be famished and our cafeteria will be closed, so you should bring a lunch and leave it in your shop for later.

    DON'T Bring Food Into the Exam Room
    Even though food fuels the body and mind, there is no food or drink allowed in the exam area. 

    DO Keep Your Eyes on Your Exam
    We know it's tempting to look around during the exam, but just stay focused.

    DON'T Talk Out Loud to Yourself During the Exam
    It doesn't matter what you're talking about, just don't do it. You can be disqualified if the proctor gets even an inkling that you might be trying to give answers away or distract other students.

    DO Wear Comfy Clothing
    Although there are no studies that show a direct correlation between clothing and test results, there is truth to the idea that how a person dresses can affect their attitude and self-confidence. So, feel free to wear comfy clothes that make you feel good and don't distract you from the goal at hand.

    DON’T Wear Clothing with Subject-Related Information on It
    Okay, don't even try to pull off wearing clothing that has subject-related logos, taglines, or information of any kind on it. The proctor is watching!

    DO Practice
    Do you know that dream where you show up at your exam naked? The AP equivalent is showing up without knowing the exam format. There is no way to know exactly what will be on the exam, but the College Board website can get you ready for exam day by practicing some sample questions.

    Last, but not least...

    DON'T Worry
    Stay positive! Even if you’re feeling like your brain is ready to explode, it’s not. You’re awesome!

    Note: Some exceptions to these rules are made by the College Board Services for students with disabilities.




  • Exam Day Schedule

    You are required to arrive no later than
    30 minutes prior to your exam:
    7:30 a.m. for the morning exam 
    and 11:30 a.m. for the afternoon exam.
    If you are taking a morning exam, 
    do not go to Homeroom.

    until an exam has officially ended;
    do not ask to leave early.

    If you play a sport or have a job,
    it's your responsibility to inform your
    coach or employer of your
    AP Exam obligation, and arrangements
    should be made accordingly.

    Students will return to shop and
    academic classes following exams
    to fulfill their obligations.

    In order to be dismissed from school
    following an exam, you must have a
    signed permission slip from
    your parent/guardian.

    Any questions, please contact
    the Office of Student Life:

    Mr. Grabowski
    508-529-7758  x3003