Important Changes

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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.

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 and Official Student Practice on Khan Academy ®. 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 collegeboard.org/ap2019.

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.

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.

AP Capstone

The teacher scoring model has been revised for the 2017-18 school year. Visit the AP Seminar and AP Research course pages

2017-18 Resources Coming Soon: AP Coordinator’s Manual.