Today, the College Board announced that the 2020 AP exams will be administered online and students will be able to take the test from home. This is great news for students concerned about their opportunity to demonstrate their skills and earn college credit.

The College Board indicated that due to school closures, 2020 AP exams will only cover content covered by “most” classes in early March.

This is a massive relief for students. But there’s also confusion since every teacher moves at a different pace. You’re likely wondering, What do I actually need to know for my AP tests?

We’ve researched what’s excluded on the most popular AP tests. Take a look below to see what material you won’t have to worry about:


AP Calculus AB (Unit 8 excluded)

Unit 8: Applications of Integration


AP Calculus BC (Unit 9 excluded, Unit 10 partially excluded)

Unit 9: Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, And Vector-Valued Functions

Unit 10: Infinite Sequences and Series

  • Included: Working with Geometric Series; Harmonic Series and p-Series; Alternating Series for Convergence; Ratio Test for Convergence; Finding Taylor Polynomial Approximations of Functions
  • Excluded: Integral, Comparison and Alternating Series Tests for Convergence; Absolute vs. Conditional Convergence; Alternating Series Error Bound; Lagrange Error Bound; Radius and Interval of Convergence; Finding Taylor and Maclaurin Series for a Function; Representing Functions as a Power Series


AP Physics 1 (Units 8–10 excluded)

Unit 8: Electric Charge and Electric Force

Unit 9: DC Circuits

Unit 10: Mechanical Waves and Sound


AP Physics 2  (Units 6–7 excluded)

Unit 6: Geometric and Physical Optics

Unit 7: Quantum, Atomic, and Nuclear Physics


AP Physics C: Mechanics (Units 6–7 excluded)

Unit 6: Oscillation

Unit 7: Gravitation


AP Biology (Units 7–8 excluded)

Unit 7: Natural Selection

Unit 8: Ecology


AP Chemistry (Units 8–9 excluded)

Unit 8: Acids and Bases

Unit 9: Applications of Thermodynamics


AP English Language and Composition  (Units 8–9 excluded)

Unit 7. Style: Reading — Explain how writers’ stylistic choices contribute to the purpose of an argument.

Unit 8. Style: Writing — Select words and use elements of composition to advance an argument.


AP English Literature and Composition (Units 8–9 excluded)

Unit 8: Poetry III — Analyze structural contrasts and ambiguities of poetic language to develop sophisticated arguments.

Unit 9: Longer Fiction or Drama III — Analyze the interwoven relationships/patterns among literary elements to develop sophisticated arguments.


AP European History (Units 8–9 excluded)

Unit 8: 20th-Century Global Conflicts

Unit 9: Cold War and Contemporary Europe


AP U.S. History (Units 8–9 excluded)

Unit 8: Period 8: 1945–1980

Unit 9: Period 9: 1980–Present


Multiple-Choice Questions (excluded) updated 3/22/20

The College Board tweeted today that it will cut all multiple-choice questions for every AP exam this year. So no need to study multiple-choice strategies!


Need more individualized advice?

The exclusions listed above are for some of the most popular AP tests. If you have specific questions or want a personalized plan, reach out to our experts here. We’re happy to help in any way we can.

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