2019-2020 AP® Exam FAQs

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2019

Exam Fee: $100

REMINDER TO JOIN THE AP® CLASS GROUP ON MyAP® BY November 1 !!

What is the deadline to order AP® exams?

Students attending Mt Carmel High School must adhere to the following new timelines/deadlines, based on when the course commences:

Course Start DateRegistration WindowLATE Registration Window
Exams corresponding to courses that start in AugustSeptember 4, 2019
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November 1, 2019
January 21, 2020
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March 4, 2020

Students who are self-studying for an exam, homeschooled, or preparing for an exam not offered as a course at Mt. Carmel HS must adhere to the November 1 deadline.

Late registration will be possible from January 21 through March 4, 2020 with a penalty fee of $40 per exam.

There will be no waiting list and no stand-by testing.

How do I order AP® exams?

Step 1: Submit exam fees – Click on Submit AP® Exam Payment and complete the online form. You can submit payment using either a credit/debit card OR mail-in a check or money order. Instructions are included at the end of the form based on the payment option that you choose.

ALL students must complete the online payment form and submit payment by November 1, 2019.

Step 2:Activate the exam on MyAP at http://myap.collegeboard.org – Use your College Board Profile to log in.

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.)

If you have never created a College Board account, create one by clicking on ‘Create Account’ on http://myap.collegeboard.org

Students will obtain a Join Code (access code) from their AP® Course teachers. Join Codes for the MyAP Site are subject, teacher and class period specific.

ALL Students should complete the Join Step to be able to access the free online resources for their AP® Subject made available on MyAP.

Students choosing to take the optional exam must also complete step 1 and submit exam fees.  (If no exam fees are submitted by November 1, the exam is not ordered and is deactivated on MyAP.)

Once the student has joined the online AP® Class group, they will be prompted to complete the MyAP Registration Profile pages.

⇒Deadline to complete the Activation step: November 1, 2019.

⇒ BOTH steps above must be completed for an exam order to be considered complete.

Failure to complete the Activation on MyAP will mean that the school coordinator cannot submit your exam order. Fees will automatically be refunded and no exam ordered.

There will be no waiting list and no stand-by testing.

What does a successful exam activation look like?

When you log into MyAP, you will see the following:

Why are there now multiple steps for registration?

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

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 it 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.

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.

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 School ID or 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.

Students should provide a student ID number on the registration profile – this will enable easier attendance reporting to the Mt. Carmel HS attendance office on exam day as well as enable identification of any errors in student name (for example, nicknames versus legal names.)

College Board does not collect Social Security numbers, so your account is identified as unique based on your email address, School Student ID number, and name. Be consistent in how you enter information!

What if I qualify for Free-Reduced Lunch or other Fee Reductions?

  • Complete a Free/Reduced Lunch application at http://myschoolapps.com before Friday, October 18, 2019.
  • Submit a copy of your approval letter and  a completed AP Fee Reduction Application to Ms. Ferrer or Ms. O’Quin in the Sun Center before Friday, October 25, 2019
      • Have you already applied for Free/Reduced Lunch and can’t find your approval letter? If you don’t have a copy of your letter, please contact the Parent/Student Contact from the Poway USD District Office, Lauri Patton (lpatton@powayusd.com or 1-858-668-2570), to request a copy of your letter to be sent to Ms. Ferrer via email at cferrer@powayusd.com
  • If you have been approved for Free/Reduced Lunch and have submitted an AP Fee Reduction Application successfully, you will be provided with a Fee Reduction Code via email to apply to your exam payment. Submit your payment using the Fee Reduction Code by November 1 at Submit AP® Exam Payment and complete your Join Step on MyAP.

When is the exam and how long is it?

The National College Board AP® Exam calendar is posted on the Calendar on this website.

Start times for the exams are set by the College Board and cannot be changed. Students should arrive at 7:30am for the morning session and 11:45am for the afternoon session. Late students will not be allowed to enter once the test has started. The MCHS behavior code will be enforced. On average, exams last 4 hours (this includes approximately 15 minutes of time spent on completing identifying information, etc.) Students should notify coaches, parents, etc. accordingly since no early dismissal is possible from the exam.

Students taking afternoon exams will be released from classes at 11:15am. The Mt. Carmel cafeteria will offer a modified lunch menu for all students beginning at 11:15am.

Where do I get an admission ticket?

Students do not need admission tickets to enter the AP® Exam testing facilities. However, each student does need a CURRENT picture ID, such as a school ID or a driver’s license. Without picture ID students will not be allowed to enter the room.

What may I bring with me to the exam room?

REQUIRED items to bring: Current MCHS ID card or Driver’s License, several sharpened # 2 pencils with erasers, several pens with black or dark blue ink.

Recommended to bring: Old fashioned watch with no internet access, alarms or sounds. Up to 2 approved calculators for Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics. See www.collegeboard.com/ap/calculators for policies. Rulers or straightedge for Physics exams.

Optional to bring: You are allowed to bring a snack and beverage for your 10-minute break. However, eating is prohibited while you are taking an exam. Drinks may be brought in a clear container (remove labels on water bottles) and snack items in a clear “Ziploc” bag with all items un-packaged. No paper labels allowed in testing room. It is advisable to bring a sweater, in case the room temperature is below your comfort level.

DO NOT BRING TO THE EXAM: Students may not bring into the exam room any type of backpack or bag, including purses and wallets. No study guides or materials are allowed. No cell phones, smartwatches or electronic communication devices are allowed. No iPads, iPods or MP3 players are allowed. No highlighters are allowed. No scratch paper. No pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals. No clothing with subject-related information. (See Test Site Regulations for more information.)

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

All exams are on the MCHS campus. Information on testing locations will be released by the school closer to exam date.

When do I need to report to the testing room?

Start times for the exams are set by the College Board and cannot be changed. Students should arrive at 7:30am for the morning session and 11:45am for the afternoon session. Late students will not be allowed to enter once the test has started. The MCHS behavior code will be enforced. On average, exams last 4 hours (this includes approximately 15 minutes of time spent on completing identifying information, etc.) Students should notify coaches, parents, etc. accordingly since no early dismissal is possible from the exam.

Students taking afternoon exams will be released from classes at 11:15am. The Mt. Carmel cafeteria will offer a modified lunch menu for all students beginning at 11:15am.

Do I need to excuse my absence from school during the exam?

You are required to abide by the policies of both the College Board and Mt. Carmel High School during the exam period. Any misconduct will be reported and could jeopardize your AP Exam grade. Please note that you are excused from periods 1-4 for morning exams and periods 4-5 for afternoon exams. Any other period absences must be cleared by parents/guardians, or the student will be considered truant. Attendance will be taken during the exam and submitted to the attendance office.

Attendance reporting is based on your student ID number – make sure you have entered that in on the MyAP® Registration profile on http://myap.collegeboard.org

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 would like to register to take two exams that are scheduled at the EXACT same time and date. Please email info@aptsusa.com immediately to get information on late testing locations and information. Unfortunately, you would not be eligible for late testing if you are taking two exams back to back (i.e. one in the morning and one in the afternoon). In the event of back to back testing, please bring a packed lunch in clear bags (no labels.) You will be able to access it during the time between exams.

What if I decide to not take an exam? Can I get a refund?

Students who order and pay for an exam but decide to cancel before the applicable payment window closes for their exam will receive a full refund. Students who order and pay for an exam but decide to cancel AFTER the applicable payment window has closed and before midnight on April 30, 2020, will receive a partial refund of $60 regardless of when the exam order was submitted. (The student will forfeit a $40 exam unused exam fee as well as any late registration fee.) No exchange or re-selling of tests. To cancel your exam, send an email to cancel@aptsusa.com and include your name, name of your school (including city and state), and name of the exam you would like to cancel. Exams cancelled from May 1 onwards as well as no shows on exam day are not eligible for any refund and forfeit their fees.

Students who submitted an exam registration as a Fee Reduction student will not be eligible for any refund since the cost of the unused exam fee exceeds the payment.

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

Per College Board’s security regulations for exams, students may not leave the test until time is called and all examinees are excused together. If a student leaves without permission, their exam will be collected and submitted separately to College Board. Their score will be cancelled and no refund will be possible. Exams are approximately 4 hours. Please be prepared for the duration of the exam.

Is it possible to receive accommodations on the exams for students with disabilities?

To receive accommodations on a College Board exam, students must submit a one-time application to College Board for review. College Board will assign accommodations for their suite of exams based on that review. Deadline to submit a new application and guarantee a review before the May 2020 AP® exams is January 17, 2020. To submit an application or if you have questions about accommodations based testing, please contact your school site SSD Coordinator no later than Friday, January 10, 2020. If you have questions, contact Ms. Ferrer the AP Testing Coordinator.

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 school AP Coordinator immediately (no later than the day of the scheduled exam since deadlines for rescheduling apply.)

How do I get my scores?

AP® Exam scores will be available as of July via your College Board profile – for more information, visit http://apscores.org

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