Important Changes

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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 federal funding for AP Exams for low-income students, states and districts need to act to commit resources available from ESSA Title IV and Title I to support low-income student exam participation. Talk to your principal and/or administration to ensure a plan is in place to dedicate your local Title IV and Title I funding to subsidize students’ 2018 exams. For more information, visit the ESSA page.

Returning Exam Materials: Split Shipment

In 2018, schools ordering 150 or more 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.

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

Calculator Policy Update

Students taking the 2018 AP Biology Exam may use a four-function (with square root), scientific, or graphing calculator. 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 to better support teachers, empower students, and provide meaningful feedback to both throughout the year. The system includes an AP question bank, student practice on Khan Academy, unit tests, a performance dashboard, and other supports that AP teachers will use to help students learn and grow in the classroom and beyond. To learn more, visit

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