Advanced Placement Exams

Due to the evolving COVID-19 public health situation, please note that the school district is working closely with Coastal Health and with the Ministry of Education.

Please visit https://apstudents.collegeboar... for information regarding this year’s AP exams. There will be more info at this site in the coming days and weeks. The College Board will be reducing the information and units to be tested. It will be an online at home exam. It is your responsibility to stay posted to information on the above College Board website. 

You cannot register for any new AP exams for this May.

Stay safe, be a responsible citizen, and take care

Vancouver District AP Coordinator

The registration site will close on Feb 29th at 11:59 pm. 

The Vancouver School Board is planning on opening online registration for Advanced Placement Exams on Tuesday Sept 24th at 9:00 am.   This registration is the early registration and will close on Oct 25th. Fees for the early registration are $200.00.  For any spots still available a late registration will open on November 4th and close on March 1st, 2020. The fee for late registrations will be $260.00. All fees for AP Exams are non-refundable. Therefore you must be very sure you are committed to prepare to write the exam in May.   

The College Board has implemented significant changes to dates and procedures for registering for Advanced Placement exams starting this 2019-2020 school year.

In order for the Vancouver School Board to provide the opportunity for students to write AP exams in May 2020 who are self-studying the following procedures will now be implemented to comply with the College Board requirements.

Step 1. Paying to Write the Exam 

Students must use our online registration system to register and pay for exam.

It is important that students provide accurate email addresses as we are using this to communicate with the student and College Board.   

Step 2. Ordering the Exam

For students who have registered, the join codes will be emailed to the email account you registered with by November 6th. 

Following receipt of payment and during the week of Oct 28th – Nov 1st, the student will be contacted by the VSB through the email provided with payment and will be given a JOIN CODE for each exam they are preparing to write in May.  In addition to this we will provide instruction on setting up a College Board account, plus instructions on enrolling in the exam. Unfortunately self-study students are not given access to the College Board online study materials.

Both steps must be completed to order the exam. 

Please note that no regular scheduled exams can be ordered after March 1st and that these dates and fee changes apply for AP worldwide. If you have any further questions contact apexam@vsb.bc.ca

Advanced Placement exams give students the chance to tackle college-level work while they're still in high school and earn post-secondary credit and placement.


Before the exams:

  • Record the date and time of your exam

On the examination day:

  • Arrive at least 20 minutes before the examination time. Latecomers will not be able to write the exam.
  • Bring picture identification.
  • Bring AP Student ID Labels if you received them at your school. You must use the same AP Student registration student ID lablels for all exams.
  • Students will not be dismissed until an exam has officially ended. You are required to abide by the policies of both the College Board and the VBE during the exam period. Any misconduct will be reported and could jeopardize your AP exam score

You should bring the following:

  • Several sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers)—mechanical pencils are not allowed for completing multiple-choice answer sheets.
  • 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 with the necessary capabilities if you are taking an AP Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics Exam or Environmental Science. (Visit www.collegeboard.com/ap/calculators to learn more about the calculator policy for each of these exams, and for a list of authorized calculators.) Biology allows a four function calculator.
  • A ruler or straightedge if you are taking an AP Physics exam.

You may not bring the following:

  • Cellphones, digital cameras or any other digital, electronic or communication device
  • Books, compasses, mechanical pencils, coloured pencils*, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters*, or notes
  • Rulers and straightedges (except as noted above)*
  • Scratch paper (notes can be made on portions of the exam booklet)
  • Computers* or calculators (except as noted above)
  • Reference guides, keyboard maps, or other typing instructions
  • Watches that beep or have an alarm
  • Portable listening* or recording devices (even with headphones) or photographic equipment
  • Scissors, pocket knife or other sharp implements
  • Food or drink
  • Clothing with subject-related information


VSB is offering this examination period as a service to students who are self-studying. Please review all information on this website to see if your question is offered or visit the AP website: http://apcanada.collegeboard.org/ 

We may not be able to respond to all phone and/or email questions so please note:

  • Only the exams on the schedule above will be offered
  • Students will be registered provided space is available
  • Registered students will receive a confirmation email from the system. Please do not phone or email for additional confirmation.
  • We have no information on other testing sites
  • Exam fees are non-refundable
  • For additional questions email: apexam@vsb.bc.ca 

To register for exams click on this Link

The site will re open at 8:30am November  4th.


2020 Examination Schedule 

VSB will offer the following examinations over a two week period only. There will be no late testing schedule.

Morning 8 a.m.
Local Time
Afternoon 12 noon Local TimeAfternoon 2 p.m. Local Time
May 4, 2020
United States Government and PoliticsPhysics C: MechanicsPhysics C: Electricity and Magnetism
May 5, 2020
Calculus AB

Calculus BC
Human Geography
May 6, 2020
English Literature and CompositionPhysics 2 Algebra
European History
May 7, 2020
ChemistryPhysics 1 Algebra
May 8, 2020
United States HistoryArt History

Computer Science A
May 11, 2020
BiologyEnvironmental Science
May 12, 2020

May 13, 2020
English Language and Composition

May 14, 2020
Government and Politics

World History
Friday May 15, 2020

VSB is not able to accommodate the following exams:

Studio Art, Chinese Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, French, German, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Italian Language, Latin, Seminar, Music Theory or Computer Science Principles.  

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