Become an AP Reader

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The annual AP Exam Reading brings together more than 15,000 college faculty and experienced AP teachers from around the world to score free-response sections of the AP Exams. The AP Reading takes place in June at sites across the United States.

In addition to scoring the exams, being an AP Reader gives you a chance to:

  • Exchange ideas with faculty, teachers and AP Development Committee members
  • Establish friendships within a worldwide network of faculty members
  • Become familiar with AP scoring standards, which provide valuable knowledge for scoring your own students' essays

College and university faculty members’ contributions to the AP Reading help the AP Program ensure that the AP curriculum, exams and scoring procedures continue to meet rigorous standards for college-level achievement.

In terms of AP policies at your own institution, taking part in the scoring process as an AP Reader is one of the best ways to understand how to appropriately evaluate AP students and their exam scores. Readers have described the experience as an intensive collegial exchange and one of the best professional development opportunities available.

To become a Reader, you must have taught at least one college course comparable to an AP course within the past three years. You’ll be provided an honorarium of $1,639, and your travel expenses, lodging and meals are covered.