2019-2020 AP® Exam FAQs
Registration Deadline: November 8, 2019*
Exam Fee: $94
REMINDER TO JOIN THE AP® EXAM GROUP ON MyAP® BY NOVEMBER 8!!
What is the deadline to order AP® exams?
College Board has changed their exam ordering process for AP® Exams to Fall Registration. The exams remain in May of each year. Deadline to register for the May 2020 AP Exams at Volcano Vista HS is November 8, 2019.*
Late registration is available for a $15 additional fee per exam from November 9 to November 14, 2019.
How do I order AP® exams?
Step 1: Activate the exam on MyAP – Students choosing to take the exams must log into heir AP® Exam Groups on the MyAP Site at https://myap.collegeboard.org to activate the exam and complete the registration process. To access the site, create or use a College Board Profile. Students will receive a Join Code to enable joining the AP® Exam Group from their Volcano Vista AP® Course teachers. Students must join the AP® Exam group on MyAP and indicate their exam decision/commitment on that site no later than November 8 to complete their order.
Step 2: Submit exam deposit – Students choosing to take the exams must submit a $40 non-refundable exam deposit by Nov 8, 2019. Click on the link below and complete the online deposit form. You can submit the deposit 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 choosing to take the exams must complete the online payment form and submit payment between August 26 and November 8, 2019.*
? BOTH steps above must be completed for an exam order to be considered complete.
Failure to complete the Join/Activation Step on MyAP will mean that the school coordinator cannot submit your exam order. Fees will automatically be refunded and no exam ordered.
Step 3: Submit Balance Due – Students who successfully initiated an exam order by completing steps 1 and 2 above will receive a digital personalized invoice at the parent email address provided on the deposit form for the applicable balance due in January. Balance due must be paid by March 6, 2020.
Balance due can be submitted online with a debit or credit card or mailed in with a check or money order.
Exams with a balance due on March 7 will be de-activated and the exam deposit forfeited. Exams cannot be re-activated and the student will therefore not be able to sit for the exam.
There is no wait list and no stand-by testing.
* Students enrolled in the AP® United States Government and Politics class that is offered in the SPRING/Second Semester (i.e. the course does not commence until January 2020), may submit their payment in the Fall but are not required to do so. US Government and Politics students, and ONLY these students, will be allowed to place exam orders for this subject without penalty fees between January 1 and February 28, 2020. A late payment period will run for these students from March 1 through March 6, 2020. Students in this course will be able to complete the Join Step when the course commences, and not before.
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 MyAP 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.
Where do I find my Join Code?
Join Codes are issued by your course teacher. They are subject, teacher and Volcano Vista HS class period specific. Please see your teacher ASAP.
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®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. The email address used on the College Board profile should also match the email address on the APTS Payment form to ensure exam order reconciliation.
Students should provide a student ID number on the registration profile – this will 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!
Can I change when I take the exam?
Exam times are set by The College Board. Note that AP® Exams must be taken only at the times established by The College Board. To view the exam calendar, click HERE.
What if I miss the deadline to submit a deposit?
Late Deposit Submission for exams opens on November 9 and runs until November 14, and again from January 1 through March 6, 2020. A $40 late fee will be added to each exam during late registration. After March 6 no new orders will be accepted.
I haven’t received my invoice for the exam fee balance that is due?
Please email email@example.com for assistance – include in the email your name, name of your school, and your request for your invoice to be reissued. (Note that the invoices are emailed in January to the parent email address provided on the deposit submission form.)
I missed the March 6 deadline to submit my balance due? What do I do?
It is crucial to meet the March 6 deadline. Failure to submit the balance due by March 6, 2020 means that the exam order will be cancelled, the deposit forfeited, and the student will not be able to sit for the exam. Please be timely with your balance payment.
I’m taking AP US Government in the Spring, will I have to submit a deposit?
Students enrolled in AP US Government that COMMENCES in the Spring may submit a deposit in the Fall but are not required to do so. They will be able to submit the full $69 fee between January 1 and February 28, 2020. A late fee will be applied to payments for this exam from March 1 through March 6, 2020.
Is there financial aid available for the 2020 AP® exams?
Students on the federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program may qualify for a reduction or waiver of AP® exam fees. Please see Mr. O’Sullivan in room E224 if you need more information. If you are approved, you will receive a fee reduction code to apply to the online deposit form. The amount due can then be paid online or by mailing in a check. Students who are verified as approved for a fee reduction will NOT receive an additional invoice in November since their payment will be complete.
What if I have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan?
The College Board must approve any changes or modifications to the AP exam administration.
Students with a current IEP or 504 plan who wish to receive testing modifications must contact their case manager ASAP. We will work together to file the appropriate paperwork with College Board to allow testing modifications.
Where can I go for additional information regarding AP® exams?
Contact AP® Coordinator at Volcano Vista High School: Kevin O’Sullivan
*YOU MUST BE DILIGENT IN MEETING ALL DEADLINES AND ADHERING TO ALL COLLEGE BOARD POLICIES REGARDING TESTING, OR YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE YOUR EXAMS!