Hi,

To access an AdWords account's data via the API, you need two things: a 
developer 
token 
<https://developers.google.com/adwords/api/docs/guides/first-api-call#request_a_developer_token>
 (associated 
with a manager account) and valid OAuth credentials 
<https://developers.google.com/adwords/api/docs/guides/first-api-call#set_up_oauth2_authentication>
 (associated 
with the target AdWords account or the manager account of the target 
AdWords account). 

Access levels related to a developer token define the limits on your 
account (such as test vs production accounts and the number of operations 
that you can perform with your token). When a user creates a new developer 
token, the default access level is Test Access 
<https://developers.google.com/adwords/api/docs/access-levels#test_account_access>,
 
which means that the user would be able access test accounts 
<https://developers.google.com/adwords/api/docs/guides/accounts-overview#test_accounts>
 only. 
 When a user submits an application for Basic Access 
<https://developers.google.com/adwords/api/docs/access-levels#basic_access>
 (using this form <https://services.google.com/fb/forms/newtoken/>), and 
the application is approved, the user is able to access production AdWords 
accounts with a limit of 10,000 operations per day (complete rate sheet can 
be found here <https://developers.google.com/adwords/api/docs/ratesheet>). 
Standard 
Access 
<https://developers.google.com/adwords/api/docs/access-levels#standard_access> 
accounts 
on the other hand, have no such limit. 

OAuth credentials, however, can be used to control data access to a user on 
a particular account. To grant a user read-only access, you can add a new 
user to your AdWords account using this guide 
<https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/6372672?hl=en> with read-only 
permissions. When the user uses this email address to create OAuth 
credentials for the API, they will have read-only access to the API by 
default.

Hope this helps. If you have additional questions, please feel free to 
revert. 

Regards,
Vishal Vinayak, AdWords API Team

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