AP® Exam FAQs
Fall Exam Registration Deadline: November 8, 2019
Spring Exam Registration Deadline: March 6, 2020
How do I place an AP® exam order?
STEP 1: Activate your exam – Log into the College Board MyAP site at http://myap.collegeboard.org using your College Board profile and apply the ‘Join Code’ (access code) you receive from your teacher for each of your subjects.
College Board profiles are the same accounts used to order SAT® exams, or to collect prior year PSAT/NMSQT® or AP® Exam scores. Do not create a new account if you already have one (see below for tips.)
Students will obtain a Join Code (access code) from their Bearden HS AP® Course teachers. Join Codes for the MyAP Site are subject, teacher and class period specific.
Once the student has joined the online AP Class group, they will be prompted to complete the MyAP Registration Profile pages online.
Students enrolled in courses that commence in the SPRING Semester, will be able to register and activate the exam by completing the Join Step once the course commences.
⇒For yearlong and Fall Courses, complete the Join Code step by November 8, 2019.
⇒For Spring Courses, complete the Join Code step by March 6, 2020.
STEP 2: Submit exam fees – Click on “Submit fees for AP Exams” below and submit your fees.
Payment for exams may be done via credit card or debit card, OR by mailing in a check or money order. There will be an online payment fee of 3% for payments submitted by credit or debit card. Directions for payment can be found at the end of the online registration form and in your e-mail confirmation which will be sent to the parent email address you provide on the registration form.
⇒For yearlong and Fall courses, exam fees are due by November 8, 2019. A penalty fee will be charged between November 9 and November 13 of $40 per exam.
⇒For Spring courses, exam fees are due by March 6, 2019. A penalty fee will be charged between March 7 and March 11 of $40 per exam.
⇒ Both Step 1 and 2 must be completed by November 13, 2019 to activate the exam order corresponding to a yearlong or Fall course. Failure to complete both steps 1 and 2 by November 13, 2019 means the AP Coordinator for your school cannot submit an exam order as initiated with College Board.
⇒ Both Step 1 and 2 must be completed by March 11, 2020 to activate the exam order corresponding to a SPRING course. Failure to complete both steps 1 and 2 by the March 11, 2020 deadline means the AP Coordinator for your school cannot submit an exam order as initiated with College Board.
Why do I need to activate an exam on The College Board MyAP System?
Starting in August 2019, College Board has launched a new system that all students join if enrolled in an AP® Course. The MyAP system provides students a variety of excellent, College Board vetted FREE resources to apply to their AP Course and AP® exam preparation. In addition, students will now JOIN the AP ®Group and complete the Registration Profile section on the MyAP website to enable custom printing of AP® exam barcode labels for each student for exam day. No more pre-administration sessions!
Tips for setting up your College Board Profile on MyAP:
– Use an email address that you will have access to throughout high school AND university
– Make sure to enter your COMPLETE legal name to prevent issues with sending score reports to colleges and universities
– Enter your school student ID number to assist your school in reporting your attendance to the exam to your school AND help identify errors in names.
I can’t access my College Board Profile account or am not sure I have one. What do I do?
The College Board Profile is the same account used to access your past years’ AP® scores, PSAT® scores, and SAT® scores. Do not create a new one! Each student should have only ONE unique account. If you are unable to access the account, try using the ‘Forget Password?’ link on http://myap.collegeboard.org OR email firstname.lastname@example.org OR call 888-225-5427 for assistance.
Where do I get the Join Code to complete the join step on the MyAP site?
Join Codes are subject, teacher, and period specific. Codes will be distributed in class (usually after the end of the add/drop period.) If you were absent when the codes were distributed, please see your AP® teacher ASAP to complete the step by November 8, 2020 for the Fall registration period, and between February 1 and March 6 for the Spring registration period.
Why can’t I receive the Join Code for my Spring classes/exams early? Why do I need to wait until February?
College Board research shows that early commitment to the exam does mean greater levels of student success. HOWEVER, that means early commitment ‘within the class.’ For courses that do not commence until January or even February, College Board has a special Spring deadline, with no penalty fees, specifically for students enrolled in these courses. This allows students a chance to see the course syllabus, speak with the teacher, and preview the content.
What if I miss the Fall deadline to submit fees?
A penalty fee of $40 per exam will automatically be applied to any payments submitted between November 9 and November 12. It is therefore CRUCIAL to meet the November 8 deadline.
Any exam that is activated on MyAP on November 13, 2019 and does not have the corresponding fees submitted will automatically be de-activated and cancelled.
What if I missed the Spring deadline to submit my exam fees? What do I do?
It is crucial to meet the March 6 deadline. A penalty fee of $40 per exam will automatically be applied to any payments submitted between March 7 and March 11, 2020.
Any exam that is activated on MyAP on March 12, 2020 and does not have the corresponding fees submitted will automatically be de-activated and cancelled.
How do I submit the exam fees?
Payment for exams may be done via credit card or debit card, OR by mailing in a check or money order. There will be an online payment fee of 3% for payments submitted by credit or debit card. Directions for payment can be found at the end of the online deposit form and in your e-mail confirmation which will be sent to the email address you provide on the registration form. Postmark deadline for the Fall registration period to ensure timely mail in deposit processing is November 4, 2019.
Can I cancel my exam?
Exam cancellations and refunds are not possible. Please select carefully.
Can I change when I take the exam?
Exam times are set by The College Board. Note that AP® Exams must be taken only at the times established by The College Board. Exams administered by BHS will be at the following dates and times set by The College Board: CLICK HERE.
Is there financial aid available for the 2020 AP® exams?
Fee reductions are possible for qualified students. If you feel you may qualify for a fee reduction, please submit the AP® Fee Waiver Application Form (Linked here) to Mr. Tanner in the counseling office or email him at email@example.com. Once eligibility has been confirmed, you will be provided with a Fee Reduction Code that will reduce the price of the exam(s) on the payment form to the appropriate amount.
To review the family income eligibility guidelines set by College Board please click HERE.
What if I get sick and can’t make the exam?
There are provisions for students who become sick or injured during or right before testing. In case of such an emergency, please contact your AP® Coordinator at your school IMMEDIATELY. A doctor’s note will be required. IMMEDIATE contact – if ill on the day of the scheduled exam – is crucial due to the deadlines involved in ordering make up materials.
BHS AP® Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where do I report for my exams?
Exam location details will be shared with examinees by your school closer to the exam dates in May.
The AP® Human Geography exam is proctored at Bearden. The rest of the exams are given off campus. Tentatively, the tests are scheduled to be given at King University at 10950 Spring Bluff Way, Knoxville, TN 37932. (Map to King University)
We must received a field trip form for all students testing off campus. Please download the form, complete it and return it to the BHS counseling office by March 15.
What may I bring to the room?
Please bring the following to your AP® exam: a CURRENT photo ID, at least 2 sharpened # 2 pencils, erasers, at least 2 pens with black or dark blue ink, and calculators (if applicable-see AP® Security Rules for approved types) with fresh batteries. Cell phones, smartwatches, iPods, MP3 players, etc. are NOT permitted in the testing room. We recommend that you leave these items in your locker. Please see AP® Security Rules
Please be aware of the length of your AP® exam and plan accordingly by bringing snacks/water.
Students must adhere to the Test Site Regulations for the duration of the exam. Consequences for violation of the regulations may include removal from the exam and cancellation of scores or being banned from future College Board examinations. See Test Site Regulations for more information.
What if I need accommodations on my exams due to a 504 Plan or an IEP?
Only students who have previously been approved for College Board SSD accommodations may take AP® exams with extended time or other accommodations. Contact Mr. Tanner if you have questions.
What if I have two AP® exams scheduled for the same date and time?
Students who anticipate a conflict with another AP® exam offered at the same date and time should continue their registration. At the registration point it is subject specific information, not date specific. APTS will provide a report to your school to indicate conflicts and you will be contacted via email regarding your alternate AP® exam date assignment when processed.
How do I figure out if I can earn college/university credit for taking the exam?
College and universities with AP® Credit Policies can be found on the College Board’s website at https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement – It is the student’s responsibility to verify that the college they plan to attend will accept AP® credit and submit scores to their university/college of choice.
Each student is eligible for one free Score Report from College Board – to request the score report to be sent to the college/university of your choice at no charge at the end of your matriculating year, please log into your MyAP account and navigate to ‘My AP Profile’ and then ‘Score Send.’ Enter the name of the College/University that you will be attending. Submit before June 15th to be eligible for the free report.
How do I receive my scores?
By completing the exam activation process on the MyAP site, you will be issued a unique AP ID number. Scores are usually available in early July by using the AP ID and your College Board log in to retrieve scores at http://apscores.org