AP® Exam Frequently Asked Questions


REVISED CANCELLATION POLICY: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the extended closure of school, students may choose to not take the AP Exam for May 2020. To cancel and receive a refund of $100 per exam, please email cancel@aptsusa.com and include your name, name of your school, and the title of the exam to cancel. Submit your cancellation request by April 30, 2020.

Exam Payment DeadlineLATE Exam Payment DeadlineExam ACTIVATION/JOIN Deadline on MyAP
October 15

October 25October 25

How do I order exams?

Step 1: Submit exam fees no later than October 15, 2019 by clicking Submit AP® Exam Fees

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: Activate the exam on MyAP by logging in at http://myap.collegeboard.org with your College Board Profile and the Join Code that you will receive when payment has processed in a follow-up ‘Next Steps’ email. Deadline to activate the exam: October 25, 2019

ALL students must complete the online payment form AND activate the exam on MyAP for the exam order to be complete processed.

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: https://pages.collegeboard.org/account-help or https://myap.collegeboard.org 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 CODES? What do I do?
Join Codes are sent in a ‘Next Steps – Activate your Exam’ email to the STUDENT email address on the payment form. Double check your parent’s email inbox in case that address was submitted as the student email in error. Also check your spam folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, please email info@aptsusa.com for assistance. Join Codes cannot be issued by phone, please send an email.

My friend gave me a Join Code for the Exam Only 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 myap.collegeboard.org 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.

I received a Join Code from my teacher at SFC. Is that the same code as the one that will be issued via email?
No – the Join Codes that you will receive from your teachers are part of the course and allow you access to instructional resources and tools that some teachers will use in class and as part of the exam preparations. But since MOST AP® exams are administered Off Campus for SFC, to have an active exam order, you must use the Off Campus Exam Join Code to order the actual exam. In other words, for MOST subjects, you’ll receive TWO Join Codes: One for the exam activation, and one to access instructional resources.

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 and the exam will begin at 8:00am. For afternoon exams students need to report to the testing room beginning at 12:01pm and the exam will begin at 12:30pm.

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 (12:01 p.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 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).

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 info@aptsusa.com 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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