This year’s AP exams will be held in person at Central Catholic for all students. There are two times throughout the day that AP exams occur, 8 AM and 12 PM (with one exception). If the student's AP exam is at 8 AM, they will be allowed to go home directly after their exam is finished. They will not be required to attend their afternoon classes and will not be counted absent. If their exam is at 12 PM, they will not be expected to attend their morning classes. This decision was made to alleviate stress on our students as they take these important exams and to prepare for other AP exams they may have scheduled. Students may wear blue and white (jeans) on their test day. Please make sure that each student gets plenty of sleep the night before and that they all have a good breakfast.
We ask that all students be seated in the testing room 20-25 minutes before their exam start time, especially if it is a morning exam. By arriving on time, we can ensure that the morning exams will end on time, and can thus begin our afternoon exams right at noon. When students arrive, they should proceed to the testing room indicated below.
Please see the exam schedule below:
What Students Should Bring to the Exam Room
- Two sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) for completing multiple-choice answer sheets.
- Two pens, with black or dark blue ink only, for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions in most exams.
- A watch without an alarm or smart technology (in case the exam room doesn’t have a clock that can be easily seen).
- Up to 2 calculators with the necessary capabilities if they are taking an AP Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exam. Please visit College Board - Calculator Policies to see specific course calculator policies per exam requirements.
- A ruler or straightedge if they’re taking an AP Physics Exam. Protractors are not allowed.
- If a student would like to bring hand sanitizer, that is fine, but it must remain under their desks throughout the entire exam.
What Students Should Not Bring to the Exam Room*
- Electronic equipment (phones, smartwatches, or wearable technology of any kind, laptops, tablet computers, Bluetooth devices, portable listening or recording devices—MP3 player, iPod, etc.—cameras or photographic equipment, devices that can access the internet, separate timers of any type, and any other electronic or communication devices).
- Books, compasses, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or notes.
- Mechanical pencils, colored pencils, or any type of pencils that are NOT No. 2 pencils
- Rulers or straightedges (these are allowed only for AP Physics Exams).
- Scratch paper (notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets).
- Computers or calculators (except as previously noted).
- Reference guides, keyboard maps, or other typing instructions.
- Watches that beep or have an alarm.
- Food or drink.
- Clothing or shoes with subject-related information.
*Unless approved as an accommodation by College Board’s SSD office before the exam date. See for more details: College Board - What to bring on Exam Day.
On a personal note, as I have been preparing for the student's exams I have been praying for their success. On Monday night, I took their packets to the Brother's chapel and entrusted them all to the Blessed Sacrament. Also, Father Pat has offered a mass to their success. Know that each of my colleagues prays often for our boys and we are all rooting them on to the finish line! The best of luck to all and may the Holy Spirit guide them in all that they do!