May Testing Information

Advanced Placement tests are administered in May. Actual test dates are determined by the College Board. Registration information is supplied to students in early February, with registrations closing sometime in March. Testing is administered at Cooper


Tests are scored on a 1-5 scale, and results are available in July. Many colleges provide credit for a score of 3 or higher, but it does depend on the college.


After the May AP Exams, Cooper returns all AP exam materials to the AP Program.

  • The multiple-choice section is scored by computer. Each answer sheet is scanned and the total number of correct responses equals the multiple-choice score.
  • The free-response section (essays and open-ended questions) is scored at the annual AP Reading held during the first two weeks in June. Specially appointed college professors and experienced AP teachers score this section of the exam.
  • The total scores from the free-response section and the multiple-choice section are combined to form a composite score. These composite scores are then translated into the 5-point scale using statistical processes designed to ensure that, for example, a 3 this year reflects the same level of achievement as a 3 last year.



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