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Frequently Asked Questions About General AP® Reading Information

  • Submit the application online (all applicants must submit a current resume and teaching syllabus or course audit approved letter from the College Board®. If a syllabus is submitted, it must include the instructor’s name and contact information).
  • Application is reviewed.
  • Approved applicants will receive an offer letter via email for electronic signature.
  • The applicant must complete the onboarding and employment documentation (Form I-9).
  • The applicant's name is added to the pool of qualified Readers in the subject and is eligible to be invited to future AP Readings.
  • If you are selected to attend the Reading, you will receive an invitation via email. Invitations are distributed beginning in January and continuing through May, as necessary.
  • Please remember to check your web server’s spam or junk folders for an email from or and add them to your safe sender email address list.

There is no official cutoff to submit an application. Applying earlier in the school year is recommended. Please note there is no guarantee that a Reader who is approved and hired into a specific subject’s Reader pool will be invited to the Reading event in a current year. Readers hired and active in the availability pool do not need to reapply.

The application review and approval process can take up to 4 weeks to complete. After this time, approved Readers will receive an offer letter via email. Application status inquiries should be sent via email to

Application approval does not automatically constitute an invitation to a Reading event. Once your application is approved, the offer letter is signed, and onboarding documentation is completed, we will add your name to the availability pool of active qualified Readers for your approved subject. If you are selected to attend the Reading event, you will receive an invitation via email. Invitations are distributed beginning in January and continuing through May, as necessary.

Please remember to add the following email address and check your web server’s spam or junk folders for any emails from or

  • November — Scoring location survey
  • January — First round of invitations sent via email
  • February — Second round of invitations (as necessary)
  • March to May — Subsequent rounds of invitations (as necessary)

AP Readers, whether onsite or at home, are compensated $30/hour for training and scoring. If a Reader works more or fewer than 40 hours before the end of the Reading week, the same hourly and overtime (if applicable) rates will apply, and their compensation will be calculated accordingly.

In calculating wages, ETS complies with all federal, state, and local wage and hour laws and regulations. This includes minimum-wage rules, break rules and premium overtime pay requirements for hours worked in excess of 40 in a 7-day work week, or daily overtime pay requirements, where applicable. Expenses, lodging, and meals are covered separately for onsite Readers.

All eligible Readers and Leaders who participate in the AP Reading event by working 10 hours or more will receive Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits based on number of hours worked during the Pre-Reading Preparation, Pre-Reading, and Reading. You must also demonstrate consistent and accurate application of a standardized scoring rubric. You will receive a personalized Certificate of Recognition in July, following the conclusion of the Reading event.

For every 10 hours worked, Readers and Leaders will receive 1 CEU. The maximum number of CEUs a Reader or Leader can receive is 16. CEUs will not be issued for any time worked under 10 hours.

Please note that Assistants to the Chief Reader, Chief Reader Designates, and Chief Readers are considered learning providers and are therefore not eligible for CEUs.

All Readers receive the same, consistent, required training for each question before they begin scoring. Readers can repeat any portion of training as needed throughout the Reading.

During the learning process, Readers:

  • become familiar with the exam task

  • learn the question and scoring guidelines

  • complete self-paced training modules

  • review rubrics and exemplar benchmark items

  • practice scoring with annotated feedback, including rationale from the subject's scoring leadership

  • score pre-scored student responses, known as a calibration set, to ensure they are consistently applying the rubric to student responses

  • receive individualized coaching from their Scoring Leader based on reviews of practice and calibration results, comparing Reader scores to the correct scores

Readers who do not participate in an AP Reading event for 6 consecutive years will be removed from the active list of approved Readers. Readers will be notified via email if their status is changed to inactive. Readers who are removed from the active list will need to reapply if interested in participating in future AP Readings.

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Note: A lack of response to an invitation extended to you or lack of arrival at the Reading event after acceptance, can result in the removal of your active status from the Reader pool.

Several factors influence invitations and can vary from year to year, including exam volume, number of Readers in the pool, past performance of Readers, and a desire to expose as many qualified educators as possible to the benefits of the AP Reading. It is not abnormal to receive an invitation in one year, but not the next year. This is especially relevant to subjects with very deep Reader pools.

You can update your Reader profile by visiting the "Profile & Payroll" Employee Self Service Portal. All Readers are encouraged to review and update their profile annually. You will receive essential information from us throughout the year via email and text message, it is important that your profile information is up to date.

Visit the Rater Engagement Portal. Use your ETS AP Reader username and password to sign into REP. For help signing in, use the self-service “Forgot Username” and “Forgot Password” options on the sign-in page. You will receive essential information from us throughout the year via email and text message, it is important that your profile information is up to date.