2019-2020 AP® Exam FAQs

SPRING Registration Deadline: February 28, 2020

Exam Fee: $100

REMINDER TO JOIN THE AP® EXAM GROUP ON MyAP® BY November 1 for Fall Courses!!

What is the deadline to order AP® exams?

Students attending Poway High School must adhere to the following new timelines/deadlines, based on when the AP® course corresponding to the exam commences:

Course Start DateRegistration WindowLATE Registration Window
Exams corresponding to courses that start in AugustSeptember 4, 2019
November 1, 2019
January 21, 2020
March 4, 2020
Exams corresponding to courses that start in October, or November, or JanuaryJanuary 21, 2020
February 28, 2020
February 29, 2020
March 4, 2020

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

Students who miss the November 1 deadline for exams corresponding to courses that start in August will be able to submit a penalty fee order from January 21 through March 4.

Students who miss the February 28 deadline for exams corresponding to courses that start in October, November or January, will be able to submit a penalty fee order from February 29 through March 4.

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

How do I order AP® exams?

Step 1: Submit Payment – 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 the applicable deadline. (See above.)

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 change their Exam Decision Indicator on MyAP from Undecided to Yes.  (If the decision indicator is not yet and no exam fees are submitted by November 1, the exam is not ordered.)

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 for FALL (Trimester 1): November 1, 2019.

⇒Deadline to complete the Activation step for SPRING (Trimester 2/3): March 4, 2020

⇒ 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.

Can I submit payment for all my exams at once?

Yes, a student can submit payment for all the exams they intend to take before November 1. Once the November 1 deadline has passed, payment submission without penalty will be possible only for exams that correspond to courses with an October/November/January start date.

Students will not be to complete the Join Code step for an exam or a course until that course has commenced.

My exam is not listed under the list of Exam Only Join Codes in the Join Code email.

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.

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 Poway 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?

Fee reductions are available but must be applied for by October 25, 2019 to ensure meeting the fall registration deadline. Approval may take several days. To apply for a fee reduction, download the form below and submit it to the Poway HS Counseling Office before October 25, 2019.


Once approved, you will receive a Fee Reduction Code to apply to the online payment form under Submit AP® Exam Payment . When prompted, select that “Yes, You have been approved for a Fee Reduction by your AP® Coordinator.” Enter the code in the space that is provided. Your total exam fees will be reduced automatically. The balance can then be submitted via credit/debit card or a mail-in check or money order. You MUST also still then join the AP® Exam Group on MyAP® before the deadline!

Students who are approved for Fee Reduction are still responsible for any penalty fees due to late registration. A student who orders an AP® exam with a Fee Reduction and does NOT sit for the exam, will be responsible for an additional $35 to cover the cost of the unused exam fee.

If a student ONLY has AP courses that adhere to the February deadline, they may submit fee reduction applications in January/February. For any subjects with a November 1 deadline, applications must be submitted in the Fall.

When is the exam and how long is it?

The National College Board AP® Exam calendar is posted on the Calendar on this website. Exams are either Morning (7:30 a.m. check-in) exams or Afternoon (11:45am. check-in) exams. 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.

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?

Students may not bring into the exam room any type of backpack or bag, including purses. 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. Students may not bring bottled water/drinks or food to the testing room. (See Test Site Regulations for more information.) Students MUST bring a current picture ID, pencils, pens in blue or black ink, and a calculator if applicable.

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

Information on testing locations will be released by the school closer to exam date.

When do I need to report to the testing room?

For morning exams, students need to report to the testing room at 7:30am. For afternoon exams students need to report to the testing room at 11:45am.

Testing will  begin at 8:00am for morning exams and shortly after noon  for afternoon exams. For security reasons and per College Board regulations, students will NOT be admitted to the room once the exam materials have been opened. Late arrivals who are not admitted to the room are considered ‘no shows’ and are not eligible for the partial refund or for make-up of the exam.

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

Your school attendance office will receive a copy of an attendance roster from the exam so you will automatically be excused for the class periods that are affected by the testing. You are not excused for the entire day. You must follow your school site’s protocol for checking back in when returning to campus (i.e. checking in with Attendance to get a pass.) You are responsible for all school work missed during your absence for AP® Exams.

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 AP® Coordinator ASAP.

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

Return to the Poway High School Main AP® Exam Page

Submit AP® Exam Payment