New Resources and Supports in the 2019-20 School Year
In 2019, the AP Program will introduce a system of resources for teachers and students, including an AP question bank. Benefits for AP coordinators include online student registration, streamlined exam ordering, and test-day management tools including personalized student labels, which will greatly reduce exam day bubbling and remove the need for preadministration sessions. To learn more, visit the AP 2019 page.
AP Biology Calculator Policy Update
Students taking the 2018 AP Biology Exam may use a four-function (with square root), scientific, or graphing calculator. Previously only four-function calculators were allowed. For details about acceptable calculators, see the AP calculator policy.
Exam Fees for 2018
- $94 per exam in the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada.
- $124 per exam at schools outside the U.S., U.S. territories, and Canada (with the exception of DoDDS schools).
- The fee for AP Capstone exams is now $142 per exam.
- The per-exam rebate that schools can retain to offset exam administration costs remains $9. The exam fee varies for College Board–authorized testing centers outside the United States.
Low-Income Student Exam Fee Assistance
Because of changes under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), to continue providing funding for AP Exams for low-income students, states and districts need to act to commit resources to support low-income student exam participation. Talk to your principal and/or administration to ensure a plan is in place to dedicate funding to subsidize students’ 2018 exams. For more information on available funding options, visit the ESSA page.
Returning Exam Materials: Split Shipment
In 2018, schools ordering 150 or more regularly scheduled AP Exams will be automatically enrolled in and required to use the split shipment program. With the split shipment program, schools with large exam orders return all of their first week’s AP Exam materials at the beginning of the second week of testing. Schools will receive split shipment return materials and instructions, and must return exam materials following the split shipment procedures to avoid potential score delays. Visit Returning AP Exams for more information.
Digital Audio Capture (DAC) App
In 2018, the DAC app running on iPads will be available as a recording method for AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams as well as AP Music Theory Exams. Learn more about this additional digital recording option.
If your school currently uses school-owned and -controlled Chromebooks for high-stakes standardized assessments and would like to use them for recording student audio responses for the AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture and Music Theory Exams, you must call AP Services for Educators at 877-274-6474 before March 1, 2018, to confirm if your school's Chromebook recording application and configuration meet AP Program requirements.
Assistive Technology Compatible (ATC) Exams
For 2018, an ATC version of the AP Exam will be available for most subjects. This version of the exam is designed to be used with screen readers and other assistive technology. If students are approved by the College Board for this accommodation, AP coordinators can order the exams through the AP Ordering website. Visit SSD Online for more information.
AP History Changes
Updates to the three AP history courses and exams will take effect in the 2017-18 school year. These changes do not require teachers to resubmit their syllabi to the AP Course Audit or attend professional development. For more information, visit 2017-18 AP History Changes.
The teacher scoring model has been revised for the 2017-18 school year. Visit the AP Seminar and AP Research course pages.