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Frequently Asked Questions About the AP® Reading

When and where will the 2020 Advanced Placement® (AP®) Reading be held?
The 2020 Reading takes place between June 2 and June 18, 2020. Reading sites include: Duke Energy Convention Center (Cincinnati, OH); Kansas City Convention Center (Kansas City, MO); Tampa Convention Center (Tampa, FL); and Salt Palace Convention Center (Salt Lake City, UT). To find out when and where your subject's Reading will take place, go to the AP Reading Calendar.
Where can I find out more information about AP online distributed scoring?
Many AP subjects allow Readers to score online from home or office. For 2019, these subjects are AP Computer Science Principles, Research, Seminar, European History, U.S. History, World History, U.S. Government and Politics, French Language and Culture, and Spanish Language and Culture. For more information, view the AP Scoring Opportunities page.
What are the steps in the application process?
  1. Submit the application online (with course syllabus and resume).
  2. Application is reviewed.
  3. Approved applicants will receive an offer letter via email for electronic signature.
  4. Employment documentation (I-9, etc.) must be completed by the applicant.
  5. The applicant's name is added to the pool of qualified Readers in the subject.
  6. If you are selected to attend the Reading, you will be contacted in January or February. Or through May as slots become available.
  7. Please also see the AP Reader Application Process.
When is the latest I can apply for next year's Reading?
There is no official cutoff to submit an application. Applying earlier in the school year is recommended. Please note that there is no guarantee that a Reader who is hired into the Reading pool will be invited to the Reading in a current year. Readers who have been hired into the pool do not need to reapply the following year.
When and how will I know whether my application is approved?
The application review and approval process can take up to four weeks to complete. After this time, approved Readers will receive an offer letter via email. Application status inquiries should be sent via email to
If my application is approved, am I automatically invited to participate in the next Reading?
Submitting an application does not automatically constitute your employment as a Reader. Once your application is approved, you sign the offer letter, and your employment documentation is completed, we will add your name to the pool of qualified Readers in your subject. If you are selected to attend the Reading, you will be contacted by the Scoring and Reporting Operations Department starting January through May.
What is the communication timeline for the Reading?
January — First round of invitations sent via email
February — Second round of invitations (if necessary), Confirmation Notification and Housing Enrollment to invited Readers
March to May — Subsequent rounds of invitations (if necessary) as well as Confirmation Notification and Housing Enrollment
What is the compensation for an onsite Reader?
Readers who travel to the Reading are paid a regular hourly rate, which, with applicable overtime, will amount to $1,639 if the expected number of hours are worked during the Reading event. If a Reader works more or fewer hours before the end of the Reading event, the same hourly and overtime (if applicable) rates will apply and their compensation will be calculated accordingly. Expenses, lodging, and meals are covered separately.
I was a Reader last year. Will I be invited to read again this year?
Invitations to participate in the AP Reading are for a specific year only. Several factors influence invitations and can vary from year to year, including changes in exam volumes, past performance of Readers, and a desire to expose as many qualified educators as possible to the benefits of the Reading.
Who chooses the Readers each year?
The Chief Reader for a given subject makes the final determination as to who is invited to the Reading in a given year.
How do I get to the Reading?
Information and instructions about making travel arrangements are included in the appointment materials. Travel expenses, lodging and meals are covered.
Where do I stay at the Reading? Do I have to share a room?
At most Reading sessions, you will stay in a convention center hotel with meals served in the convention center. Readers are provided with double occupancy hotel rooms. Single rooms are available on a limited basis with a charge for one-half of the room rate.
What kinds of activities are scheduled in the evenings?
Formal and informal voluntary activities are offered, such as subject-specific professional presentations, receptions and local outings. Some subjects host evening workshops providing opportunities to network with colleagues and exchange best practices.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Meal options include a variety of food to accommodate most participants, such as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. Special dietary requests are not always available. You are advised to take this into consideration when accepting an invitation to participate in the Reading.
Is there a dress code?
Dress is casual; shorts and jeans are acceptable. You should bring a sweater or sweatshirt, as the Reading rooms can become chilly at times. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.

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