Cost per exam: $115


Exam Payment DeadlineLATE Exam Payment DeadlineOnline Exam Section JOIN Deadline
October 15

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How do I order exams?

  • Step 1: 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. A credit card processing fee of 3% is added to online payments using credit or debit card. No processing fee is charged for mailing in a payment. Postmark deadline for mailing in a payment is October 11 to ensure timely processing.
  • Step 2: For exams administered at the Fairgrounds, a student will receive a JOIN CODE to apply to joining an online AP Exam Section at

ALL students must complete the online payment form AND join the applicable online AP Exam Section for the exam to be ordered.

Why is SFC participating in the new payment/ordering system?

SFC partners with other local area schools to administer AP Exams at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Through the partnership, we are piloting the College Board system that will launch nationwide in 2019-2020.

What are the benefits of this new AP Exam payment/ordering system?

The most immediate benefit for students is that their personal information such as email address and name will no longer need to be bubbled in by hand on the AP Exam physical materials. This data will be pulled from the student’s College Board profile and be pre-printed on the AP Student Number labels and materials. It means more accurate and consistent data for the student, and that means faster and smoother submission of scores to colleges and universities. When the system goes nationwide in 2019-2020, it will also include resources and tools that teachers can use in instruction and in preparing students for the AP Exams. Resources such as access to the College Board question bank for AP subjects, and links to tutorials developed specially by Khan Academy.

Why are the deadlines so early and why are they different than what I saw on the College Board site?

Since this program is a pilot, the information posted will be different than on generic sites for College Board as well as other sites such as College Confidential. Only 800 schools nationwide are piloting this program. Deadlines are much earlier to enable the printing of the personalized and customized exam materials for students.

What if I can’t log into my College Board Profile account?
Don’t create a second account! Each student should have only ONE College Board Profile account during their high school careers which houses AP, PSAT and SAT scores and information. For log in help visit: or Students may also call College Board AP Services for Students: 844-314-3632

I submitted my exam payment but didn’t receive the email with the ‘Exam Only’ JOIN CODE? What do I do?
Double check your parent’s email inbox as well as your spam folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, please email for assistance. Join Codes cannot be issued by phone, please send an email.

I didn’t get a Join Code for Spanish/French/Music Theory/English Language?/Studio Art?

Correct, for this school year, join codes apply ONLY to the exams administered at the Fairgrounds, not to exams administered on campus.

My friend gave me a Join Code for the online AP Exam section, does that mean that an exam has been ordered for me for the May administration?
No – students must JOIN the online AP Exam section on AND submit payment for the exam in order for the process to be complete and the AP coordinator to order an actual physical set of AP Exam materials for the May administration.

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

Fee reductions are available but must be applied for before finalizing the order to ensure meeting the registration deadline. Approval may take several days. To apply for a fee reduction, contact Principal Hannan.

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 are posted on “Where do I report for a test?” on this site and open the file posted there as of late April. Location information is listed based on the alphabetical order of the exams.

Nearly all AP exams are hosted at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. It is the student/parent responsibility to plan for transportation and arrive on time for check in and exam start times.

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 beginning at 11:45 a.m. and no later than 12:00pm. We encourage students to be on time for check in since there is identification information that must be completed before testing can begin which adds additional time to the testing time.

Testing will  begin at 8:00am for morning exams and at 12:15pm 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.

How do I know when the exam is? How do I know how long the exam is?

Exam calendar is posted on the Calendar on this website. Exams are either Morning (7:30 a.m. check-in) exams or Afternoon (11:45 a.m. check-in) exams. On average, exams last 4 hours. Students should notify coaches, parents, etc. accordingly since no early dismissal is possible from the exam.

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

Your school 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.

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 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).

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

No. SFC policy requires students enrolled in an AP course to sit for the corresponding AP exam.

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.

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 email or call the emergency assistance line at 855-663-8348 IMMEDIATELY since ordering deadlines apply. A doctor’s note will be requested.

How do I get my scores?

AP Exam scores will be available as of July via your free College Board student account – for more information, click HERE.

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