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.
Corona Virus Updates
At this time, the College Board is monitoring the situation closely and has a plan as outlined below. I will keep this updated as it comes out.
April 6, 2020
Hello to all students and parents of students who are sitting AP exams this year. Here is some important information, synthesized to be as clear and as helpful as possible in this very awkward time! However, please direct any questions or concerns about testing to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help.
What if I don't have internet access or technology?
- If students need technology or connectivity they can sign up at cb.org/tech. The CB will help get the technology in their hands, or the connectivity to their domain.
- Students can use pretty much any device to access and submit exam questions and responses. This includes smart phones. Students can also access questions online, hand write their responses, and simply take a clear picture and upload it to the portal. Please look for communications from the CB in regard to this. They will have practice opportunities as well as this is a new procedure\
How can I prepare? What's the test like?
- It would be a great idea to practice keeping your own time on practice exams. Teachers will be asking students to practice this as well. For language assessments the task is oral and listening only. Students will receive instructions from the CB.
- Tests are open book and open notes, but they are really fast. No points will be given for content that is accessible in this manner. Points will come from the critical thinking and ability to apply information about these concepts.
There will be no AB subscore within the Calc BC exam this year. However, if a BC student prefers to take the AB exam, I can move him or her from BC to AB as long as they communicate with me by the 20th of April.
- Students with test accommodations will be automatically given more time via the CB system. There is no multiple choice so large block answer sheets are no longer necessary.
Sitting the exam
- As you review the exam calendar you will notice that the exam dates run May 11-May 22, 2020. This window is one week later than it would have been had we proctored the exams on campus. Additionally, there is only 70% of the content that would have been on the exam.
- You may also notice that there are Make-up dates for exams. These are exactly what it says - Makeup dates. These dates are only scheduled to be used in case of emergency or technical difficulties on the original dates. This is critical for you to know.
- If you are a senior, the makeup date will postpone your score report to colleges. If you wait until the second date, and then have a tech issue, there is no backup at that point. If you need assistance in making this decision, please contact me. We understand that there are all types of things happening right now outside of the norm, and we will figure out a way to make it work. GOHS staff strongly recommends that all AP students sit the exam on the first exam date.
What about the college credit for passing scores?
- The UC/CSU system has guaranteed the CB that they will give the same credit as prior years....students should NOT be concerned about not getting credit from them.
How do they know it's me?
- AP teachers will receive copies of all student work by no later than May 26th so they can see if it is consistent with past student performance. All exams allow the use of notes and textbooks. The CB has developed some software protocols to ensure that students do not collaborate, surf the web or cheat. They state that if a student is caught cheating every college will be made aware of it, and it will impact their PSAT, SAT, SAT 2 and AP scores for the future.
Cancelling or Adding an exam
- No exams can be added at this time.
- To cancel an exam, please contact me at the above email - please speak with your teacher first as I always reach out to them as a support before we cancel. We do know that these are very different times though and support your decision either way
If you have any other questions or concerns, please reach out. I can work via email or video conference.
March 20, 2020
As schools and communities navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the health and safety of educators and students are the AP Program’s top priorities. Here’s how we’re supporting schools:
- We’re providing free remote learning resources.
- We’re investing in the development of a new at-home testing option.
Through our members across the country, we understand the new time constraints on everyone in the education community. These solutions are meant to be as simple and lightweight as possible for both students and teachers — without creating additional burdens for school leaders during this time.
- Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place.
- Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.
The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. We'll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.
About This Year’s AP Exams
Students remain eager to take AP Exams and to have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity they have been working toward.
We’ll continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.
The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:
- For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
- AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
- Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
- Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
- We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we will invest so that these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to us directly to let us know.
Test security is a concern.
- The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating; we use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.
- Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam is not new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone courses.
March 16, 2020
The AP Program is developing resources to help schools support student learning during extended closures, as well as a solution that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. Additional information will be posted by March 20.
We will announce portfolio submission deadline extensions for AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, Computer Science Principles, Drawing, Research, and Seminar courses by March 20.
March 13, 2020
The AP Program is closely monitoring the updates and guidance about the coronavirus (COVID-19) provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading health organizations. Our first concern is for the health and safety of students, their families, and their school communities.
To help schools and students, we’re focused on:
- Supporting student learning of the remaining content and skills in the course.
- Providing flexible and streamlined testing opportunities and partnering with colleges and universities to ensure that students can still receive the college credit they have been striving to earn all year long.
The AP Exam administration remains as scheduled for schools that will be open on May 4–8 and 11–15, with late testing scheduled for May 20–22.
Current school and district plans indicate that many schools will remain in session and administer AP Exams in May. We understand that this situation is evolving daily, however. If a school is already closed or needs to close in March or April, AP makeup testing dates will be available. Which dates best serve a school will depend on how much instructional time is lost:
- If a school is able to make up most of the lost instruction time, we recommend testing on the regularly scheduled exam dates.
- If a school needs to make up some instructional time, they may update students’ exam orders to late testing scheduled for the third week of May. Selecting “school closing: election, national holiday, or natural disaster” ensures that the late-testing fee will not be applied.
- Testing in the fourth week of May is possible, if needed, but must be requested through AP Services for Educators.
- Schools closed for extended periods of time that need even later options (i.e., June retest dates) can contact AP Services for Educators beginning in April to make such arrangements.
If a school has lost instructional days for AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, Computer Science Principles, Drawing, Research, or Seminar courses and would like to request extensions for portfolio submission deadlines, please contact AP Services for Educators beginning March 16.
AP AND IB TESTING AT A GLANCE MAY 2020
Please use the link below to access dates, times and locations for AP and IB exams.
Be sure to check venue and time the night before an exam.
Be sure to be on time to an exam, and not to make plans for after the end of the exam in case it goes over.
See Mrs. Curtis or Mrs. King in the SPIRIT center if you need any help or have any changes that need to be made.
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. Curtis 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 - email@example.com - 951.294.6450 X 2009
AMY CURTIS - firstname.lastname@example.org
AMBER LANE - ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - email@example.com