Advanced Placement Testing
Loudoun County Public Schools will offer AP exams during the College Board's 2023 exam administration window May 1-12, 2023.
Enrolled LCPS students and Loudoun residents who are home instructed and have a current Notice of Intent (NOI) on file with LCPS may register to test.
- Students will test at school, in person, and most will take a paper test.
- Registration for testing will occur through a student's AP course. The AP teacher will provide students with a join code which they must use to access an online portal (MyAP). The portal contains instructional resources, practice tests, and tools to manage test registration.
- Students must have a current College Board account or must create one prior to using the join code. It is important that students retain their user name and password.
- Students must register for their AP exam(s) by November 4, 2022, by indicating their choice within the College Board's online portal (MyAP). Requests to register for an AP exam after November 4, if accepted, may result in a $40 fee. Students who cancel an exam after November 15, 2022 will incur a $40 cancellation fee. Students who register for an exam but do not take the exam will incur a $40 unused exam fee. These fees will be charged even if LCPS is paying for the cost of the exam (see below).
- Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, LCPS will pay for the first four AP exams that each enrolled LCPS student takes. The four exams are cumulative across the student's high school enrollment with payment required after the limit has been reached.
- Students who do not pay the fee associated with their AP exam will have that exam counted as one of the 4 tests. This practice will apply for each exam for which a fee is not paid.
- AP Exam Fees will be collected via SchoolCash Online after November 15, 2022. Any required payments should be made as soon as possible, but no later than March 15, 2023. If payment is not received by March 15, 2023, LCPS may cancel your student's exam(s). If payment needs to be made by cash or check, you can submit payment at your student’s home school. Exact change is required for cash payments. Checks should be addressed to “Loudoun County Public Schools”.
Please email Leigh Bennett, Assessment Supervisor, with concerns or questions.
Frequently Asked AP Questions
Loudoun County Public Schools charges $88 per AP exam, with the exception of AP Seminar and AP Research, which cost $136.
Payments may be made by cash or check at the high school or by credit card using SchoolCash 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 school Principal or School Testing Coordinator.
Please note: beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, LCPS will pay for the first 4 AP exams that each enrolled LCPS student attempts. The 4 exams are cumulative across the student's high school enrollment with payment required after the limit has been reached.
About AP Exams
AP Exams are standardized exams designed to measure how well you’ve mastered the content and skills of a specific AP course. Most AP courses have an end-of-year paper-and-pencil exam, but a few courses have different ways to assess what you’ve learned—for example, AP Art and Design students submit a portfolio of work for scoring.
Exam Policies and Guidelines
All AP students deserve a fair and uniform testing experience, whether they are taking the exam in Connecticut, California, or China. To make sure this happens, the College Board requires exam-takers to follow these policies and procedures.
- On exam day, before you can take your AP Exam, you will have to sign your answer sheet indicating that you have read and agree to follow all the test security and administration policies and procedures listed in the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents.
You will also need to sign the covers of your multiple-choice and free-response booklets, affirming statements related to the security of the exam.
If your testing does not adhere to the test security and test administration policies and procedures in the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents—even if it’s not your fault—College Board reserves the right to cancel your AP Exam score.
If College Board finds that you have deliberately gained or attempted to gain or share an unfair advantage on any College Board test, or otherwise threatened the integrity of the test, we will prohibit you from taking the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or AP Exams.
Students are encouraged to contact the college or university they are applying to to learn about their AP acceptance practices. Most have a written policy spelling out how they award credit and advanced placement.
Students with a documented disability (IEP or 504 Plan), may be able to receive an AP exam accommodation. There are a wide range of accommodations available, including extended time, large-type exams, a written copy of spoken test instructions, and permission to use a braille device, computer, or magnifying device.
The new AP registration portal contains resources to assist students in preparing for their test, such as:
- Personal progress checks with multiple choice items and free response items
- Released exam questions (assigned by your AP Teacher)
- Access resources within the "Exam Preparation" portion of AP Classroom, such as scoring guidelines and sample responses
- Access resources within the "Exam" portion of AP Classroom to learn more about exam taking strategies and test day procedures