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Frequently Asked Questions About the AP® Reading for New and Returning Readers

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 a Reader?

Readers, whether onsite or at home, are compensated at an hourly rate of $25.61 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 seven-day work week, or daily overtime pay requirements, where applicable. Expenses, lodging, and meals are covered separately for onsite Readers.

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.

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