AP® Exam FAQs

Deadline to Register: November 1, 2019 (midnight CST)

Exam Fees: $94 per exam

How do I place an AP exam order?

Step 1: Submit Exam Fee DepositTo indicate intention and commitment to take an AP® exam in the May 2020 AP® Exam administration, a $40 per exam non-refundable deposit is due by November 1, 2019. Click here to submit the deposit.

Step 2: Activate ExamStudents must JOIN their AP® Class accounts on the MyAP Site at https://myap.collegeboard.org (regardless of whether or not they will be taking the AP® Exam! This site will provide students with class AND exam preparation resources.) To access the site, create or use a College Board Profile. Indicate on MyAP your exam decision by October 25 to activate your exam.

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

Step 3:  Submit balance due – Starting on November 15, students who committed to an exam by paying the deposit will receive a personalized invoice for the balance of fees due via email. Balance due paid in full by March 1, 2020.

Why do I need to activate an exam on The College Board MyAP System?

Starting in August 2019, College Board has launched a new system that all students should join if enrolled in an AP® Course. The MyAP system provides students a variety of excellent, College Board vetted FREE resources to apply to their AP® Course and AP® exam preparation. In addition, students will now JOIN the AP® Group and complete the Registration Profile section on the MyAP website to enable custom printing of AP® exam barcode labels for each student.

Tips for setting up your College Board Profile on MyAP:

– Use an email address that you will have access to throughout high school AND university

– Make sure to enter your COMPLETE legal name to prevent issues with sending score reports to colleges and universities

– Enter your school Student ID number in the field provided on MyAP. This will assist your school in accurate exam day attendance reporting

I can’t access my College Board Profile account or am not sure I have one. What do I do?

The College Board Profile is the same account used to access your past years’ AP® scores, PSAT® scores, and SAT® scores. Do not create a new one! Each student should have only ONE unique account. If you are unable to access the account, try using the ‘Forget Password?’ link on http://myap.collegeboard.org OR email apstudents@info.collegeboard.org OR call 888-225-5427 for assistance.

Where do I get the Join Code to complete the join step on the MyAP site?

Join Codes are subject, teacher, and period specific. Please see your AP® teacher ASAP.

What if I miss the November 1 deadline to submit a deposit?

A penalty period for late deposit submission is available November 2 through November 10. Click on ‘Submit a deposit for AP® Exams’ below.

No deposits will be accepted after November 10, therefore no new orders will be initiated.

I haven’t received my invoice for exam fee balance that is due?

Please email info@aptsusa.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 to the parent email address provided on the deposit submission form.)

What if I missed the deadline to indicate YES as my Exam Decision Indicator on the College Board MyAP website?

AP® exams are optional exams, so unless  a student completes the entire registration process, the school would need to assume you have decided not to sit for the AP® Exam. If a student does not complete both steps (deposit submission) and Joining on MyAP an exam cannot be ordered.

I’ve decided that I do not want to take the exam in May. What do I do?

Students who do not submit the balance due by March 1, 2020 will have their exam automatically cancelled. They will forfeit the non-refundable deposit of $40 per exam to cover the cost of the unused exam. Students who decide after March 1 that they do not want to take the exam will be counted as a No Show and will also forfeit their non-refundable deposit.

What day is my test?

Please review the National AP® Exam Calendar posted HERE.

How can I earn college credit through AP®?

If you take the AP® exam at the end of the Spring semester, you can earn college credit by earning a score of a 3, 4, or 5 or the exam. To determine what score you will need at one school, use the College Board’s website: AP® Credit Search

Please keep in mind that many colleges will award credit for AP® Test scores of 3 or higher. West High School therefore recommends that you participate in taking the exam(s). Current school board policy states that you must take the exam in order to earn additional points on the final student grade point average. You will have the option of sending scores to colleges you may want to attend.

How do I submit the exam fees?

Deposit and Payment for exams may be done via credit card or debit card, OR by mailing in a check or money order. There will be an online payment fee of 3% for payments submitted by credit or debit card. Directions for payment can be found at the end of the online deposit form and in your e-mail confirmation which will be sent to the parent email address you provide on the registration form. Postmark deadline to ensure timely mail in deposit processing is October 26, 2019.

Invoices for the balance due will be emailed out to the parent email address provided on the deposit form. Invoices will have the same payment options as above. Postmark deadlines will apply.

Is there fee assistance available?

Fee reduction/assistance – Fee reductions are possible for qualified students. If you feel you may qualify for a fee reduction, please submit the AP® Fee Waiver Application Form (Linked here) to Ms. Bast in the counseling office. Once  eligibility has been confirmed, you will be provided with a Fee Reduction Code that will reduce the price of the exam(s) on the deposit form to the appropriate amount. Students who are verified as eligible will receive a modified invoice.

What if I have two AP® and/or IB® exams scheduled for the same date and time?

Students who anticipate a conflict with another AP® exam offered at the same date and time OR with an IB® exam, should continue their registration. At the registration point it is subject specific information, not date information that is being gathered. APTS will run a report for your school to indicate conflicts and you will be contacted via email regarding your alternate AP® exam date assignment when approved.

How do I prepare for an AP® exam?

See the AP® website for previous test questions, study tips and more: AP® Exam Prep

Are the AP® tests given at West High School?

Exam Locations will be announced closer to the exam date, but they may be off campus. It is therefore necessary that West HS must receive a completed field trip form and Medical release for all students registering for AP® Exams. Please download the form, complete it and return it to the WHS counseling office by April 10.

Click here to download the Off Campus Permission/Medical Release Form and submit it by April 10, 2020 to the WHS Counseling Office. 

What happens if I do not show up to take my exam on the day of the test?

A no show will forfeit all exam fees submitted. However, certain circumstances allow for a student to take the exam on the late test day.  However, most students that fail to show up but still want to take an exam on the late test day will be responsible for the $40 unused test fee, purchasing an additional test at $94, a late fee of $45 and covering the cost of a proctor.

How do I receive my scores?

By completing the exam activation process on the MyAP site, you will be issued a unique AP® ID number. Scores are usually available in early July by using the AP® ID and your College Board log in to retrieve scores at http://apscores.org

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