Why the Change?
AP and College
Taking AP courses and exams improves your chances of getting into college, and can even help you minimize your college costs.
AP and College Admission
Colleges and universities value students who take the most challenging courses available at their school — for many schools, AP courses are the most advanced courses offered. In fact, 85 percent of selective institutions report that a student's AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions. AP courses on your transcript show colleges that you are intellectually curious, unafraid of hard work, and capable of learning the knowledge and skills expected of college students.
Your AP Exam scores provide colleges and universities with additional information about your ability to succeed in college-level study. Check the admission websites of the colleges that interest you to see if sending your official scores will help support your application.
Visit the Get In (Opens in a new window)section of Big Future to learn more about the college application process.
How AP Can Help You Save on Cost of College
You probably know that if you earn a qualifying score on an AP Exam, you can receive credit for the equivalent course at colleges and universities across the United States and in 60 other countries around the world. Depending on which college you attend, this could mean thousands of dollars saved.
Here are some other ways that AP can help you save on college that you might not have considered:
- Students who take AP courses and exams are more likely to graduate in four years, while most students take five or six years, and sometimes even longer, to earn bachelor's degrees at public colleges and universities. This means that the AP students who graduate on time save themselves and their families thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary college costs.
- AP could increase your eligibility for scholarships. 31 percent of colleges and universities consider a student's AP experience when making decision about which student will receive scholarships.
Visit the Pay for College (Opens in a new window)section of Big Future to learn more about college costs and financial aid.
How to Earn Credit for Your Scores
If you earn an AP Exam score of 3 or higher, chances are you can receive credit, advanced placement or both from your college — nearly all colleges and universities in the United States — as well as many institutions in more than 60 other countries — grant credit and placement for AP scores or acknowledge AP scores in the admission process.
College credit and/or advanced placement can be a big reward for all the hard work you put into your AP courses and exams. Also, when you enter college with credit you've already earned through AP, you can save time and money. With a head start on your degree, you may have the flexibility to move into upper-level courses sooner, pursue a double major or study abroad.
So, How Does It All Work?
- The first thing to understand is that each college and university — not the College Board or the AP Program — makes its own decisions about awarding credit and placement. Most have a written policy spelling out things like the minimum required score to earn credit for a given AP Exam, the amount of credit awarded and how credits are applied. You can review this information by using the AP Credit Policy Search but make sure to confirm it on the college's website since policies can change.
- To receive credit, you must request that the College Board send your official AP score report to the college of your choice, either at the time of testing or afterward through a score report request. Colleges will usually notify you during the summer, after receiving your scores, about any credit, placement and/or course exemptions you have earned. If you have questions about the status of your AP credit or placement, you should contact your college. Send your AP score report to your college.
Get the most out of your classesYou’ll see the benefits of taking an AP class right away. In AP classes, just like in college, you’ll face new challenges and learn new skills in the subjects you care about. All with the support of your classmates and teachers.
With AP, you get to dig deeper into subjects you love. Your school can choose from more than 30 AP courses in subjects that directly reflect your interests.
In AP's immersive courses, you get to learn how things really work. Tackle concepts that will stick with you long after the class is through.
In AP classes, learning means sharing your ideas and expressing yourself. Add your unique perspective—the dialog and debate contributes to the knowledge that everyone shares.
With AP, you get to explore new ideas with your classmates and AP teachers. See and feel what college work is actually like, while receiving the support to help you get there.
Get to know yourself.
In AP classes, you can set bigger goals for yourself and do things you never thought possible. AP students can really test and push themselves in a familiar setting while gaining confidence, developing good study habits, and enjoying a great learning experience.
The AP Potential and Course Selection Process
- At the end of last semester all of the PSAT reports were available online for students at each grade level.
- After getting the results, the College Board identifies students who have potential for success in AP and IB courses.
- GOHS has generated letters for these students which identify the courses in which the College Board has recognized an aptitude for an AP or IB course.
- These letters were mailed home. They were also passed out to students through their English courses.
- For the next four weeks, GOHS AP and IB teachers will be hosting interventions in the Performing Arts Center to showcase their courses and to provide students with a strong sense of what the course is about and what it entails.
- The link to the schedule of these interventions is below. It is subject to change, so please check it before the week begins.
- ANY INTERESTED STUDENT may attend these interventions. It is NOT limited to students who received a letter. There are many reasons a student may not have received a letter, and it does not necessarily mean that a student wouldn't be successful in an AP course - most especially if they take an AP or IB course they are interested in.
What to do when you get a letter or think you want to enroll in an AP or IB course (s):
- Attend the intervention correlated with that course. You do not need an intervention ticket.
- Go into your Academic Plan on Infinite Campus and choose the AP course you have decided to take.
- Consider scheduling a meeting with your grade-level counselor or the AP/IB coordinator to look at a four-year schedule. You may take two courses next year and two the following. They do not all have to occur in the same year. They can just become a part of your four-year plan.
- Download the AP/IB form from the counseling website to be signed by student and parent.
- Return form to counseling when classes are audited.
*Counselors will be going through the enrollment process with students in February.
AP Exam Registration 2019-2020
TO SIGN UP FOR AN EXAM AFTER NOVEMBER 15TH, PLEASE FOLLOW THESE STEPS:
1. Pay for the exam(s) through your Total Registration account - cost per exam is $139.00
2. See Mrs. King or Mrs. Arendt in the SPIRIT center to be sure your exam is added to the order
- The College Board has revised their exam registration process and schedule.
- At this time the first deadline is past. AP exams now include a $40 late fee for a total cost of $139 per exam.
- All payments must be finalized or made in full by no later than February 15, 2020. Deposits made prior to this deadline are non-refundable (40 dollars if made before late fees, 45 or 65 dollars if made after)
- Students must use their own College Board sign in information if joining a course they are not already enrolled in. Please see January King, the AP Coordinator, for assistance. Please be sure not to create more than one account.
- Finally students must also have or create a Total Registration account in order to pay for exams
- IF YOU HAVE DECIDED NOT TO TAKE THE EXAM THIS YEAR, IT MUST BE DROPPED THROUGH THE COLLEGE BOARD SYSTEM.
- PLEASE SEE "CANCELLED EXAMS" BELOW. TEACHERS WILL HAVE COPIES OF THE OPT OUT FORM OR YOU MAY PRINT YOUR OWN
- THE WINDOW TO GET FORMS SIGNED AND SUBMITTED IS OCTOBER 21 THROUGH NOVEMBER 1, 2019
- EXAMS NOT DROPPED PRIOR TO THE COLLEGE BOARD DEADLINE OF NOVEMBER 13TH WILL INCUR A 40 DOLLAR PROCESSING FEE
2020 AP TEST ORDERING INFORMATION
Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on college tuition.
TO REGISTER FOR AN AP EXAM THIS YEAR, THERE ARE TWO STEPS:
- YOU NEED A JOIN CODE FROM A SUBJECT TEACHER. THEN YOU REGISTER TO ORDER THE EXAM ON THE COLLEGE BOARD WEBSITE
- YOU NEED TO ENTER ALL INFORMATION AND PAY ON THE TOTAL REGISTRATION WEBSITE LINKED BELOW
REGISTRATION: For GOHS students visit this link
We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering on Total Registration to ensure that the correct exams are ordered. Students/parents should click on the link provided on the school website or visit the website listed above. Registration is not complete until students have printed the confirmation page that is provided at the end of the registration process.
FEES: AP Exams
$99 dollars per exam before Friday, September 27th
$104 September 28th to October 31st
$124 November 1st - November 15th
$139 after November 14th through February 15th, 2020
Any student who has registered for an AP exam but cancels or does not pay for the exam prior March 13th will be charged a $40 non-refundable deposit. After March 13th there are NO REFUNDS. The deposit of 40 dollars does not include the late fee, so the non-refundable amount can be 45 dollars with the $5 late fee or $65 with the $25 late fee.
NO MAKE-UP EXAMS:
If you are absent on exam day you will need to request and possibloy purchase an alternative exam.
FINANCIAL AID: Fees for AP Exams are reduced to $20 for low-income families. To request a fee reduction, the student must present a copy of the District APPROVED letter for Free and Reduced lunch and a completed Student Eligibility Form to site administration. Meal applications for Free or Reduced Price Meals are available at the Temecula Valley School District Nutrition Services Department website http://temeculafreshfood.com. Approval of free/reduced meal applications may take up to 10 days. All late and cancellation fees apply per the calendar schedule above. Your letter must be turned into the office no later than September 13th in order to avoid a late fee.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR SUPPORT PLEASE CONTACT:
JANUARY KING - AP COORDINATOR - firstname.lastname@example.org - 951.294.6450 X 2009
AMANDA ARENDT - email@example.com
AMBER LANE - ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - firstname.lastname@example.org