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The AP Program’s new processes and resources will help focus AP classroom instruction, support a culture of commitment to AP, and save your school time and effort when ordering and administering AP Exams.

We’ll support you through the transition and let you know about upcoming opportunities for your AP coordinator and teachers to learn more about the new tools and processes.

Here are the events you should know about and the steps to get ready for the changes.


  • Fall/Winter:

    • Meet with AP teachers and counselors to discuss the AP 2019-20 changes.
    • Update information about AP Exam registration in course catalogs and school web pages.
    • Begin communicating new AP Exam ordering deadlines, policies, and fees to students and parents. 


    • Connect AP teachers and the AP coordinator with overview videos on new AP resources and annual processes.
    • Before summer break, meet with AP teachers and the AP coordinator to remind them of the changes.
    • Don’t forget to communicate AP Exam registration policies and deadlines to homeschooled students, self-study students, and any other students who wish to test at your school. If you send students elsewhere to test, make sure they receive instructions for registering for exams at the place where they test.
    • Ensure the Course Audit Form is approved by your designated Course Audit administrator for any new 2019-20 AP course. 
    • Ensure all AP students have a College Board account and can access it.
  • August 1:

    • Look for an email and mailing containing the access code your AP coordinator will need to initially log in to the registration and ordering system.
    • Registration and ordering and classroom support systems open.
    • Give your AP coordinator the access code so they can sign in to the system.

    Before school starts:

    • Make sure your teachers and students are ready to use the new resources. Don’t forget to:
      • Encourage teachers to review course and exam descriptions, videos, and self-paced modules. 
      • Assess the availability of computers and mobile devices for use in AP classrooms. 
      • Ensure the school’s Wi-Fi infrastructure is working well and College Board web pages have been whitelisted so they can be accessed from within your school’s network. 
  • In the first weeks of class, your school’s AP coordinator and AP teachers will set up classes in the system, invite students to join, and make sure students have joined their class sections well before exam ordering deadlines.

    • Allot time for AP teachers to learn how to use the system. 
    • Ensure local processes to confirm student decisions to take AP Exams align with fall ordering deadlines. 
    • Your AP teachers will start using the new resources. 

    See the coordinator and teacher timelines for details on their tasks.

    Here are best practices to support your AP teachers throughout the year:

    • Connect AP teachers with online tutorials.
    • Set aside time with AP teachers to discuss student progress at the end of each unit.
    • Use the Unit Guides and Performance Dashboard during coaching conversations.
    • Use classroom and hallway bulletin boards to chart class progress toward skill mastery.
    • Ensure Wi-Fi infrastructure continues to work well throughout the year.
    • Ensure AP teachers have access to computers, tablets, and smartphones for students to complete personal progress checks.

Examples of 2020 Exam Costs

The base exam fee and the College Board fee reduction haven’t changed.


  • Low-income: Deduct the College Board fee reduction, $9 per exam school rebate, and state/local subsidies from the above amounts. Exams ordered after November 15 incur the additional $40 per exam late order fee. If a state previously provided a subsidy and eliminates the funding in 2020, any unused/canceled fees are waived for eligible students.
  • Courses that start after November 15: The late order fee doesn’t apply if exams for these courses are ordered by March 13.
  • Transfers: The late order fee doesn’t apply to exams for students who transfer into the school after November 15. The unused/canceled exam fee doesn’t apply to students who transfer out of the school before the exam administration.
  • Alternate exams given on late-testing dates: An additional $40 per exam fee may apply if late testing is due to student/school choice.
  • AP Capstone™, International: The base exam fee is higher for these exams. The 2018-19 fees haven’t changed.