Frequently Asked Questions: AP Exams
How much do AP exams cost?
- The cost of each exam is $110. Payment must be made at the time of registration. Payment can be submitted online using credit/debit card or by mailing in a check/money order to AP Test Service. Instructions for mailing in a payment is provided on your confirmation email. To order an exam, click on “Order AP Exams.”
What about fee waivers?
- If you qualify for a fee waiver for the SAT or the ACT, you also qualify for a fee waiver for AP exams. To request a fee waiver, please stop by the College Office for a numeric code to input when you register. This code will reduce the cost of the exam automatically on the online registration form.
What about accommodations?
- You must have advanced approval from the College Board. Please talk to Dr. Cutter as soon as possible.
When do I register?
- Registration takes place online between Monday, January 9, 2017 and Wednesday, March 22, 2017. To place your exam order, click on “Order AP Exams“
Why take an AP exam?
- Since UPrep doesn’t offer AP classes, colleges don’t expect our students to take AP exams. However, strong performance on an AP exam demonstrates college-level achievement while still in high school, and can provide further evidence of college preparation during the admission process. Sophomores and Juniors who do well on AP exams can self-report their scores during the application process their senior year (they do not have to report exams with poor performance).
- Many universities will grant college credit for students who have earned a 4 or a 5 on AP exams. University decisions on credit are usually made department by department. Seniors who have done well on these exams can send official scores at the time of matriculation to earn college credit.
How do I prepare for an AP exam?
- Since UPrep does not follow an AP curriculum in the classroom, students must prepare for an AP exam outside of regular class time.
How are AP exams different from other exams?
- AP exams are used to show college-level achievement while students are in high school, which is why students can often earn college credit for strong performance on an AP exam. AP exams are typically not a requirement for admission.
- SAT Subject Tests demonstrate high school subject mastery. Some highly selective universities require them for admission (for a complete list, visit: http://www.compassprep.com/admissions_req_subjects.aspx).
- The SAT is a reasoning test used as a measurement of the verbal, mathematical, and writing abilities a student has acquired through his or her education. Colleges that require the SAT for admission will also accept the ACT.
- The ACT is a test of educational development that measures how much the student has already learned. The test focuses on four subject areas: English, Math, Reading and Science with an optional writing test as well.
How are the AP exams scored?
- AP exams are scored from 1-5, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 being the highest. Students typically only report scores of 4 and 5 to schools. At UPrep, typically about a quarter of our seniors opt to take one or more exams in 11th or 12th In recent years, 49% scored a 4 or a 5, and 75% scored a 3 or higher.
Should I take an AP exam?
- If you have any questions about AP exams, please talk with Mr. Herrington or Ms. Nelson as well as the teacher of the AP subject material.
Which exams are offered at UPrep?
- We offer the following exams: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Government & Politics, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, French Language and Culture, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics C: Mechanics, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Statistics, US Government and Politics, U.S. History, and World History.
- Click HERE to see the 2017 AP exam calendar for UPrep.
Which exams are the most popular?
- The most popular exams taken at U Prep are Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Statistics, and US History.
When should I take the AP Chemistry exam?
- Many sophomores want to take AP Chemistry at the end of their sophomore year. We strongly recommend that students complete a year of chemistry PLUS our organic chemistry elective before taking the AP Chemistry exam.
When and how do I send my AP scores to colleges?
- AP scores are sent to a college once a student has made a final matriculation decision. Unlike with SAT/ACT and Subject Test scores, which are usually prerequisites for admission, colleges do not ask for official verification of AP scores during the application process. If you have strong AP results that you would like to share during the application process, you can self-report them on your application.
- Once you know where you will be enrolling, you can log into your College Board account and send scores to the college of your choice.
Do I have to share my exam results?
- If you do poorly on an exam and don’t wish to report your results, you do not have to – they are not a requirement for admission. You decide which scores you want to share with your college.
When do the exams take place?
- AP exams are offered from May 1-5 and 8-12, and each exam takes approximately 4 hours to complete. Click HERE for the Exam Calendar.
- Morning exams begin at 8:00 a.m., and afternoon exams begin at 12:00 p.m.
- Please plan accordingly; you are responsible for notifying your teachers and coaches if you miss class or practice. Students will not be allowed to leave exams early.
- Students taking morning exams may miss out on Commons Café lunch (particularly those who qualify for extended time.) You might want to consider packing a lunch or bringing snacks.
Where will I take the AP exams?
- UPrep will notify you of your test location(s) the last week of April via a note in your campus mailbox (please don’t forget to check you mail.) Exam locations will vary by space availability.
What if I decide not to take an exam?
- There is a $30 cancellation fee if a student decides not to take the exam 48 hours prior to the scheduled test date. Cancellations that take place within 48 hours of the exam will not receive a refund. To cancel your exam, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, our school name (University Prep), and the name of the exam(s) you wish to cancel. The $80 refund will be processed at the completion of the exam period.