1. How do I register for an exam for which I am currently taking the AP® Course at HTHS?

If you are a student currently in AP® Calculus AB or BC, AP® Biology, AP® Chemistry, AP® Physics C, AP® Statistics or AP® Computer Science A you will receive a JOIN code in the beginning of the year from your teacher and you will need to use that to join your teacher’s AP class site in the College Board MyAP system.  It will already be denoted that you will take the test since you are in the class.  After you join there is nothing further you need to do.

2. How do I order an AP®exam for which I self-prepared?

Step 1: Submit Exam FeesTo indicate intention and commitment to take an AP® exam for which you have self-studied or self-prepared in the May 2020 AP® Exam administration, submit exam fees between October 10 and October 24, 2019 at the link above.

Step 2: Activate ExamStudents must JOIN their AP® Exam Groups on the MyAP Site at https://myap.collegeboard.org to activate the exam order and complete the process. To access the site, create or use a College Board Profile. Students who have submitted a successful exam fee payment will receive the Independent Student Exam Only Join Codes via email and must Join the Exam Only Group by October 24, 2019 to complete the exam order.

Registration for self-studied/self-prepared AP exam entails completing BOTH steps outlined above – fee submission as well as activating the exam on the College Board MyAP site. Failure to complete both steps by October 24, 2019 will mean that an exam order will not be processed.

3. Why are there now multiple steps for registration for exams for which I self-prepared?

The College Board has launched this new system nationwide in August 2019 for May 2020 AP® Exams.

4. What are the benefits of the new system that College Board is using?

The online Exam Group JOIN component will allow College Board to personalize student exam materials for exam day. This will mean no longer having to bubble onto a scantron crucial details like name, ID number and email address. AND the new system will mean faster and more accurate results to your colleges and universities! In addition, by also joining the Class Group with a teacher issued Join Code, students will be able to access homework and test assignments from their AP® Teachers that will include secure questions from the College Board AP® Question Bank. Students will also have access to review materials and resources.

5. My exam is not listed under the list of Exam Only Join Codes in the Join Code email sent to me after I submitted payment. What do I do?

Please contact info@aptsusa.com for assistance. Join Codes will not be issued by phone. Please make sure to email from the same email address listed on your exam payment form.

6. What if I can’t log into my College Board profile or can’t remember if I have one?

Students create College Board profiles to access their AP®, PSAT® and SAT® scores or to register for a SAT® or SAT® 2 Exam. You may already have an account if you have taken any of these exams in the past.

Don’t create a second account!

Each student should have only ONE College Board account during their high school careers which houses AP®, PSAT® and SAT® scores and information. For log in help visit: https://pages.collegeboard.org/account-help or https://myap.collegeboard.org

Students may also call College Board AP® Services for Students: 1-866-630-9305.

7. Which information should I provide on my College Board MyAP Registration Profile?

Students should use their legal name (to match school records), so that the name will also match the student’s driver’s license at exam check in. College Board also sends scores electronically to colleges/universities. A discrepancy in name can result in score reporting issues and delays. To update a name or correct a name, contact College Board at 1-866-630-9305.

Students should use an email address that they will have access to BEYOND high school and where they can receive alerts from College Board or APTS.

College Board does not collect Social Security numbers, so your account is identified as unique based on the combination of your email address, your date of birth, and name. Be consistent in how you enter information!

On the MyAP website, students will also be able to select the College/University to which they would like an AP exam score transcript sent when scores are released. (Log into http://myap.collegeboard.com and navigate to “Score Send.” A free transcript is sent if the ‘score send’ request is submitted by June 15.)

8. What if I missed the October deadline to register for self-studied exams?

A late registration penalty period is available for students from February 10 – February 17, 2020. Exam registration during this period will be with a penalty fee of $45, bringing the exam price to $145.

9. What am I allowed and not allowed in the testing room?

Students may not bring into the exam room any type of backpack or bag, including purses. No cell phones, smartwatches or electronic communication devices are allowed. No iPods or MP3 players are allowed. No highlighters are allowed. Students may not bring bottled water/drinks or food to the exam room. Students MUST bring pencils, pens in blue or black ink, and a calculator (only if applicable).

10. How do I figure out where my exam will be administered?

Testing dates can be found on the AP website.  Specific information on where and when to report will be handed out by the Guidance Office in the spring.

11. Do I need to let my teachers know I will miss their class during the exam?

Your teachers will be made aware that you are sitting for an AP exam, but it is always a good idea to remind them.  You are, however, responsible for all school work missed during your absence for AP exams.

12. What if I have more than one exam scheduled for the same day and same time? What if I have two exams scheduled on the same day?

College Board makes provisions for students who must take two exams that are scheduled at the EXACT same time and date. Please go to the Guidance Office if this affects you. However, the College Board does not allow late testing if you are taking two exams back to back (i.e. one in the morning and one in the afternoon).  Please plan accordingly.

13. What if I decide not take an exam that I self-studied for. Can I get a refund?


14. What if I finish the exam early? Can I leave early?

Per College Board’s security regulations for exams, students may not leave the exam until time is called and all examinees are excused together. If a student leaves without permission, their exam will be collected, their score will be cancelled (and no refund will be possible).  You may also not bring anything to work on while the exam is being taken.  Use your extra time to go over your answers and review your work.

15. What if I get sick and can’t make the exam?

Please email Guidance that morning and see them upon your return.  You will need to bring in a doctor’s note for a late exam to be ordered for you.

16. What if I am not prepared to take the AP exam on the test date?  Can I take my AP exam on the late testing date?

No.  The College Board sets strict policies as to why a late exam can be taken.  Please see Guidance if you feel you have a conflict.

17. I already took an AP exam for one of the AP classes that I am in now – do I need to take it again?

If you scored a 5 then you do not need to retake it.  If you scored less than a 5, you will need to take it again.

18. Will I be able to catch my bus at the end of the day?

No, all afternoon exams will run past the time to catch your bus.  Please plan on getting a ride home

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