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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:

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


    • Connect AP teachers 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 and other students who may wish to test at your school.
    • Ensure that the Course Audit Form is approved for any new 2019-20 AP course. 
  • 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. 
  • At the beginning of the school year, 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.


There are no changes to the base fee for the exam or the College Board fee reduction. Fees related to the new ordering deadlines are shown below.

Late Order Fee

Additional fee applied to exams ordered between the final deadline (November) and the spring course orders and fall order changes deadline (March). 
$40 per exam

This fee will not apply to exams for courses that start after the final deadline (November) and exams for students that transfer into the school.

Cancellation Fee

Fee for exams canceled by the spring course orders and fall order changes deadline (March).
$40 per exam

  • The original exam fee will be removed from the invoice.
  • This fee will not apply to exams for students who transfer out of the school.
  • The full exam fee will be billed for all AP Exams that are part of the school’s exam order as of the spring course orders and fall order changes deadline (March), less any applicable College Board fee reduction. This includes any exam ordered for a student but which the student doesn’t take. State subsidies may not be available in the event a student doesn’t take the exam that was ordered for them.

Late-Testing Fee

Additional fee applied to alternate exams taken on late-testing dates (student/school choice).
$40 per exam

To see examples of exam costs in various scenarios, go to the coordinator page.