Dear Student:

You should bring the following items to the exam room:

  • Several sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) 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
  • A watch (in case your exam room does not have a clock that you can see easily)
  • A four-function calculator (with square root) is permitted on both the multiple-choice and free-response sections of the AP Biology Exam.
  • Up to two calculators with the necessary capabilities if you are taking an AP Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exam. (Visit to learn more about the calculator policy for each of these exams, and for a list of authorized calculators.)
  • A ruler or straight edge if you are taking an AP Physics Exam
  • Your social security number for identification purposes (optional). If you provide it, the number will appear on your AP score reports.
  • Your College Board SSD Accommodations Letter if you are taking an exam with approved testing accommodations

You should not bring the following to the exam room:

  • Cell phones, digital cameras, personal digital assistants (PDAs), BlackBerry smartphones, Bluetooth-enabled devices, MP3 players, e-mail/messaging devices, or any other electronic or communication devices
  • Books, compasses, mechanical pencils, colored pencils, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or notes
  • Rulers and straight edges (except as noted above)*
  • Scratch paper (notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets or, for Chinese Language and Culture and Japanese Language and Culture, on scratch paper provided by the proctor)
  • 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
  • Food or drink*
  • Clothing with subject-related information

*Unless this has been preapproved as an accommodation by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities office prior to the test date.

You are required to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to your exam: 7:30 a.m. for the morning administration and 11:30 a.m. for the afternoon administration. Students may not be dismissed until an exam has officially ended; do not ask to leave early if you finish before the end of the exam. If you play a sport or have a job, it is your responsibility to inform your coach or employer of your AP Exam obligation, and arrangements should be made accordingly.

Get a good night’s rest before your exam, and eat a nutritious breakfast. You are allowed to bring a snack and beverage for your 10-minute break. However, food and drink are prohibited in the exam room. It is advisable to bring a sweater, in case the room temperature is below your comfort level.

You are required to abide by the policies of both the College Board and Heritage High School during the exam period. Any misconduct will be reported and could jeopardize your AP Exam score. If you decide not to take an exam, please inform me as soon as possible prior to the test administration.

Be sure to review the 2014-15 Bulletin for AP Students and Parents that is available online on this website. If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact me. Good luck!

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