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Set Students Up for Success with Fall Exam Registration

Schools that ask students to sign up for the exam in the fall boost their students’ chances of earning a score that translates to college credit. That’s why more than half of schools offering AP already do it.

A new timeline for the 2019-20 school year will support students and schools in that effort. These changes help teachers create a classroom culture where students are committed and engaged.

It all starts with joining the online system. This step unlocks new digital tools and resources that students, teachers, and coordinators can use throughout the year, including an AP question bank and Personal Progress Checks.

Here’s How to Set Your School Up for Success

Principal Principal
Teacher Teacher
Coordinator Coordinator
Student Student

Outreach and Preparation

  • Principals share changes to AP with school community Principal Principal
    Use the school handouts and other downloadable tools to tell AP coordinators, teachers, students, and parents about the new AP resources and the new exam ordering deadlines, policies, and fees. Don’t forget to share this information with homeschooled students, independent-study students, and any other students who wish to test at your school. If you send students elsewhere to take an exam, make sure they receive instructions for registering for exams at the place where they’ll take the test.

    FAQ: What should schools tell teachers, parents, and students about the changes?
    FAQ: When should schools communicate the changes to their communities?
  • Principals promote training Principal Principal
    Connect AP teachers and coordinators with training resources throughout the year, including videos, live online sessions, online tutorials, and in-person coordinator workshops and APSIs.
  • Teachers explore unit guides and course and exam changes Teacher Teacher
    Teachers should explore information about the new resources, key dates, and any course and exam changes. Course and exam descriptions (CEDs) with unit guides and interactive tutorials are available on their AP Central course pages.
  • Teachers may need to submit an AP Course Audit form Teacher Teacher
    Teachers offering an AP course for the first time must submit the Course Audit form to be approved by the school’s AP Course Audit administrator before August 1. This will enable a class section to be created for the teacher when the system opens.
  • Administrators approve AP Course Audit forms Principal Principal
    AP Course Audit administrators should approve AP Course Audit forms for new AP teachers before August 1.
  • Coordinators enroll in free coordinator training Coordinator Coordinator
    Coordinators should enroll in live online sessions to get up to speed on changes in the exam registration and ordering process. Face-to-face coordinator training workshops about the new AP processes and resources for 2019-20 will begin in the summer across the country and show new and experienced AP coordinators how to efficiently and successfully manage their school’s AP program.
  • Students access new resources with their College Board account Student Student
    Students use their College Board account to access the new AP resources. Students who don’t already have a College Board account must create one.

System Setup

  • Principals and coordinators receive an access code from College Board  Principal Principal Coordinator Coordinator
  • Coordinators sign in to AP Registration and Ordering for initial setup Coordinator Coordinator
  • Coordinators create class sections in AP Classroom Coordinator Coordinator
    Coordinators create class sections. Teachers will also be able to create class sections in the system if the coordinator does not. Coordinators should also create exam-only sections for homeschooled students, independent-study students, and students from other schools testing at their school.
  • Teachers distribute join codes to students Teacher Teacher
    On the first day of class, teachers should give students their class section’s join code. Students will need it to join their online section in AP Classroom.
  • Students join class sections in AP Classroom Student Student
    Students will sign in with their College Board account and enter their join code to access AP Classroom.

Exam Registration

  • Coordinators secure student commitment to taking exams Coordinator Coordinator
    Coordinators indicate exam decisions in the online system or select a setting that enables students to indicate their decisions in the system.
  • Coordinators review and submit exam order Coordinator Coordinator
    Coordinators review registration rosters in the system, make needed changes, and submit the exam order. Orders can be revised and submitted without additional fees until the final deadline (Nov. 15). Spring course orders and fall order changes may be submitted until March 13.
  • Coordinators receive exams Coordinator Coordinator
    Schools receive AP Exams and personalized student registration (AP ID) labels in April. The new AP ID labels eliminate the need for pre-administration sessions and save time on exam day.

Exam Fees for 2019-20

The exam fee and fee reduction haven’t changed for the 2019-20 school year, but we’re introducing two new fees. Students are more likely to stay engaged in class and tackle challenging topics head-on when they register in the fall, and these fees ensure that students don’t wait until the last minute to make a decision.

Type Description Cost per Exam
On-time order Exam ordered by November 15 $94
Late order Exam ordered between November 16 and March 13 $94+$40 fee
Unused/Canceled exam Exam canceled or not taken by the student $40