When Will 2022 AP Scores Be Available?
After completing your AP exams in May of the 2021-22 school year, we understand that you are extremely eager to find out your results. Scoring a 3, 4, or 5 can pay dividends in the college admission process. Of course, it can also earn you a number of college credits, allowing you to reduce your tuition bill down the line. That leads us to question at hand—when will I be able to see my AP scores!?
When are AP scores available in 2022?
In a typical year, AP scores are released sometime in early-to-mid July. This year, scores will be released starting on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
Not all AP scores are released at the same time
Unfortunately, and to the dismay of many, AP scores are not usually released at the same precise moment. Beginning on the 5th of July, scores from East Coast testing locations are typically uploaded first, with the West Coast receiving theirs last.
What if my AP score isn’t available on July 5th?
While most scores will be uploaded in a timely fashion, do not be alarmed if your score ends up not being uploaded on the first possible day. Understandably you anxious to learn your result and any delay will feel like a huge annoyance. That said, it simply takes the College Board longer to process some scores that may have arrived late or been delayed due to extenuating circumstances.
How do I view my AP scores?
- Double-check that you are able to login to your College Board account. To do this, you will use your previously-selected login credentials.
- If you change your email address, make sure to update this in your College Board account.
- You should not create another College Board account if you already have one. In fact, the creation of a second account can lead to delays in your AP scores being reported.
Do I need to save a copy of my AP score report?
No, there is no need to save anything or “print the internet.” Your College Board account will maintain a downloadable version of your school report. This can be accessed anytime. However, in most cases, you will need to order an official version of that report when you send the results to a future college for credit consideration.
What browser is best for viewing AP score results?
The College Board recommends using the latest version of Google Chrome or Safari whenever possible. Yet, Firefox and Edge will usually work just fine too.
Why do I have to wait so long for AP results?
Trust us–we get it. We are all used to instant gratification in the modern world. We can place an Amazon order on a Sunday night and have a new blender, can of tennis balls, or box of dog treats on our doorstep the following morning. Given that the bulk of an AP test are just multiple choice responses that are graded by a computer, it is reasonable to wonder why it takes two full months to get results.
The free-response questions are the sole reason that AP tests take so long to grade. The College Board hires roughly 18,000 teachers to gather at one of four U.S. locations to spend a seven days reading and grading AP essays. In 2022, the reading sites were in:
- Tampa, FL
- Kansas City, MO
- Cincinnati, OH
- Salt Lake City, UT
All work was done in early June. They also have at-home scoring opportunities available for some teachers during the same timeframe.
What to do while you are waiting for AP scores
After students take their AP tests, their school year is typically winding down. If you are a sophomore or a junior, the post-AP time period can be an excellent chance to:
- Study for other final exams.
- Study for the SAT/ACT.
- Ramp up your college search (we highly recommend our free Dataverse)
Other AP resources on the College Transitions website
We wish all of you the best of luck as you await your AP results and hope that there are many 3, 4, 5 scores in your future! In the interim, you may wish to check out some of our other blogs related to standardized testing and AP courses/tests:
- How Many AP Courses Should I Take?
- Where Should I Take AP Courses Online?
- How to Earn College Credit in High School
- When Should I Take the SAT for the First Time?
- What is an SAT/ACT Superscore?
- Should I Apply Test-Optional to College?
Dave has over a decade of professional experience that includes work as a teacher, high school administrator, college professor, and independent educational consultant. He is a co-author of the books The Enlightened College Applicant (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and Colleges Worth Your Money (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).