We are pleased that your student has chosen to take an Advanced Placement (AP) course this year and we want to assist you in planning for the AP exam, which will be administered this spring.The College Board has made significant changes to the AP registration process, so please review the following information carefully
Students, parents, or guardians are responsible for the cost of the AP exam. Each exam is $85.00, with the exception of AP Seminar, which is $133.00. Exams must be paid by November 1, 2019 to appropriately plan for test administration. Students who register for an AP exam after this deadline, will be charged a $40.00 late fee, per late test registration, in addition to the $85.00 or $133 exam fee. Refunds provided to students who cancel their AP exam, between November 15-March 6 will exclude a $40 non-refundable fee. Exam adds or drops are not permitted after March 6, 2020.
This year, College Board has started a new registration process. In order to take an AP Exam the student must complete all the following steps:
- Log in to their College Board account
- Join the AP Classroom with the unique class code given to them (this was done with all students in the beginning of September)
- Indicate through their College Board account that they WILL or WILL NOT be taking the AP exam
- Pay online through LCPS on-line payment portal (there is NO additional fee to pay online)
If a family needs to arrange for a payment plan or anticipates difficulty in paying for the exam, the family should speak confidentially with the Director of School Counseling. If your child receives free or reduced lunch, AP exam fees are covered by LCPS, but your student must still complete the online registration for the exam(s).
An on-line payment portal is available for electronic payments on each school’s website, or directly at https://tinyurl.com/JCPAYAP, and is available to accept payments from October 1-November 1. Changes have been made to the system so that there are no transaction fees and students no longer have to select the name of the AP test, just the number of tests. If necessary, checks or cash payments are also accepted by the Counseling Secretary in the Counseling Office after October 1 but the preferred method of payment is online.
The AP exam administration schedule is attached. Parents/guardians/students must provide their own transportation to the school on the day of testing. Please make every effort to schedule vacations, appointments, or other activities on dates that do not conflict with the testing dates. Make-up testing is permitted for verified emergencies only. Morning exams begin at 7:45 AM and afternoon exams begin at 12:15 PM, with exams lasting approximately 4 hours (longer if student has approved College Board accommodations). Student may not be dismissed from an exam until all students have finished testing.
Students attending the Academies of Loudoun may choose whether to take their AP tests at ACL or their home school. Please consider this information carefully as changes will not be able to be made once the tests are ordered.
- If you are taking a course at the Academies and want to test at Champe, email Mrs. Campbell (Christi.Campbell@lcps.org) for a “test only” enrollment code.
- If you are taking a course at Champe and want to test at the Academies, you will indicate you are not testing in your Champe College Board class and then email Ms. Hallman (Nadine.Hallman@lcps.org) for a “test only” enrollment code.
- You will register and pay where you test so if you take a test at ACL, you will need to pay on the ACL payment portal. See Mrs. Campbell in the Office of School Counseling if you have further questions.
Additional information for parents and students can be accessed through the College Board’s site and the LCPS website. If you have further questions about AP exams, please contact your child’s school counselor.
You should bring the following items to the exam room:
- Several sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) for completing the multiple-choice answer sheets.
- Pens with black or dark blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet covers and for free-response questions on most exams.
- A non-smart watch that does not make sound (in case your exam room does not have clock that you can see easily).
- Up to two calculators with the necessary capabilities if you are taking an AP Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exam. (Visit www.collegeboard.com/ap/calculators to learn more about the calculator policy for each of these exams, and for a list of authorized calculators.)
- A ruler or straightedge if you are taking an AP Physics Exam.
- Your AP Number Label or just the number written down.
- Bring a sweater, in case the room temperature is below your comfort level.
You should not bring the following to the exam room:
- CELL PHONES, digital cameras, personal digital assistants (PDAs), BlackBerry, Smartphones, Bluetooth-enabled devices, MP3 players, e-mail/messaging devices, or any other electronic or communication devices.
- Backpacks or purses. (You will be asked to put this in a cubby or on the side of the room.)
- Books, compasses, mechanical pencils, colored pencils, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or notes.
- Rulers and straightedges (except as noted above).
- Scratch paper (notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets).
- Computers or calculators (except as noted above).
- Reference guides, keyboard maps, or other typing instructions.
- Watches that beep or have an alarm.
- Portable listening or recording devices (even with headphones) or photographic equipment.
- Food or drink (except to be consumed during break).
- Clothing with subject-related information.
You should arrive 15 minutes prior to your exam: 7:30 a.m. for the morning administration and 12:00 p.m. for the afternoon administration. Students may not be dismissed until an exam has officially ended; do not ask to leave early if you finish before the end of the exam or your exam score could be cancelled. If you play a sport or have a job, it is your responsibility to inform your coach or employer of your AP Exam obligation. Transportation before and after school hours are your responsibility.
You are required to abide by the policies of both the College Board and LCPS during exam period. Any misconduct will be reported and could jeopardize your AP Exam score.