Advanced Placement (AP®) Exams

Payment deadline: October 7, 2019 (midnight EST)

While CFS does not designate courses as Advanced Placement (AP®), students taking advanced coursework in a discipline may choose to sit for a corresponding AP® exam. CFS partners with the North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM) to host the majority of students wishing to sit for AP® exams. Students who are approved for testing accommodations via the College Board will test at CFS. We are sorry but we are not able to accommodate students wishing to take AP® exams in foreign languages, computer science or music; please consider taking a SAT® Subject Test in your target language as an alternative.  AP® exams are typically held during the first two weeks of May each year, with designated exams offered during designated times on designated days. See the exam Calendar HERE.

CFS does not limit how many exams a student may take or limit what grades may sit for AP® exams. It is strongly encouraged that students discuss their exam plans with teachers in the corresponding coursework, their advisor, and/or their guidance counselor.

The cost of an AP® exam is $100; this includes the College Board fee of $94 plus a $6 administration fee to help cover staffing and other costs associated with test administration. Fee reductions and/or waivers are available upon request by the student’s family and are subject to approval by CFS staff.


Deadline to submit payment: October 7, 2019

NEW Deadlines and Procedures for 2019-2020

Step 1: Submit Exam FeesTo commit take an AP® exam in the May 2020 AP® Exam administration, submit exam fees between September 7 and  October 7, 2019 via the link on this page.

Step 2: Activate ExamStudents must JOIN their AP® Exam Groups on the MyAP Site at to activate the exam order and complete the process. To access the site, create or use a College Board Profile. (See FAQs for more details.) Students who have submitted a successful exam fee payment will receive the Exam Only Join Codes via email and must Join the Exam Only Group no later than October 9, 2019 to complete their order.

All exams must be pre-paid and pre-ordered via the online system, which accepts credit card or mail in check payments. To submit an order using check or money order, please complete the order online and follow the directions to mail your order form and payment to the address on your confirmation email. If registering for two exams scheduled for the exact same time and date, please contact for assistance. Information regarding testing rooms and locations will be released closer to the exam administration.

BOTH steps above must be completed by October 9 to be able to complete the exam order process successfully. A student who fails to complete the exam activation step on the College Board MyAP Site by October 9 will automatically have their partial order cancelled and any fees submitted refunded and will have to re-initiate the process during Late Registration.

Late Registration

It is strongly encouraged that students meet registration deadlines as published. Students wishing to register after the published deadlines may be subject to a $50 late registration fee PER EXAM and their registration is subject to testing availability. Late registration will open on November 16. The LATE registration deadline for 2020 AP® Exams is March 1, 2020.

Registration errors and/or changes

If a student inadvertently registers for the wrong exam, the test fee is transferable to the exam of choice with no additional fee through October 9, 2019. Between October 10 and March 1, there will be a $50 additional change fee to cover the cost of the unused exam. No changes can be made after March 1. The student must contact as quickly as possible after the error is discovered. Please include your name, school of enrollment, and the name of the exam you wish to correct.


Students who submitted an exam order and choose to cancel may do so through March 1, 2020 for a partial refund. A non-refundable $50 fee will be retained to cover the cost of the unused exam fee as well as the NCSSM administrative fees. NO cancellations will be processed after March 1, 2020 at 11:50pm. To cancel, email and include your name, name of your school, and the title of the exam you would like to cancel.

For Students with Testing Accommodations

Students already approved for accommodations on the PSAT® and SAT® will have those accommodations in place for AP® exams.  Each spring, information about applying for College Board accommodations is sent to families of students who already have a learning plan in place at CFS. For students who do not yet have a learning plan in place, please contact Deepa Bhatt-Mackin for further information. Students must have a current learning plan on file with the Upper School to apply for College Board testing accommodations. Students approved to test with accommodations will test at CFS on the designated exam day per the AP schedule.

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