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AP Exams: Why Take Them/Test Schedule


AP Tests usually go on sale beginning in February through March.  For specific dates see Ms. Facha in the Business Office.

You can reserve a test with a $50 deposit

Test must be paid in full by May 1st


PRICES:  The following are the prices for the 2019 tests.  Please check back once the prices are established for the 2020 school year.

All AP Tests: $105

Chinese, Japanese, Music Theory: $145

Spanish and French: $125

Free and Reduced: $15 (see Ms Facha for more info)

****if you need financial help but don't qualify for Free and Reduced, see Mrs. Vu****


Why are AP exams useful and important?

  1. Advanced Placement can offer substantial college credit. The amount of college credit awarded varies from college to college. Check the college websites for more information
  2. AP exams are useful in providing evidence that you have sought academic challenge in high school, an important criterion in admission to selective colleges.
  3. Low risk. Students choose which AP exam scores get reported to which colleges.
  4. Students who take AP exams with a qualifying score often have the option to skip introductory course work in college. This makes it easier for students to complete a four-year program in four years, study abroad, or to pursue higher-level coursework, or even a double major.
  5. As a UC undergraduate, you must demonstrate a proficiency in writing. You may meet the Entry-Level Writing Requirement by Scoring 3 or higher on the AP exam. (Score 30 or higher on the ACT Combined English/Writing test, or 680 or higher on the Writing section of the SAT Reasoning Test).
  6. Earn College Credit and Advance Placement. ~ Receive recognition by more than 90 percent of colleges in the US, which grant credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam grade. ~ Have time to move into upper-level courses in your field of interest, pursue a double major, or study abroad ~ Design a college experience that suits you and gives you the flexibility to get the most out of your college years
  7. Stand out in the College Admissions Process ~ Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college. ~ Show your willingness to take the most rigorous courses available to you. ~ Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence
  8. Gain Skills that will help You Succeed in College ~ Get a head start on college-level work. ~ Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques ~ Develop the study habits necessary for talking rigorous course work.
  9. Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons ~ Be part of a community of students who are passionate, curious, and committed to academic excellence. ~ Engage in intensive discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively ~ Take course that are developed by leading professors to reflect the level of learning happening at colleges throughout the country.
  10. Achievement-AP provides you the opportunity be outstanding in the admission process.
  11. Preparation- AP helps you develop better study habits, improve your writing skills, and sharpen your problem-solving abilities. These are all skills that are vital to your success later in college.
  12. Confidence: AP helps you gain confidence in your ability to tackle academic challenges that you may not have thought possible.
  13. Earn AP Scholar Awards Each September: the College Board recognizes high school students who have demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement with AP Scholar Awards. While there is no monetary award from the College Board, AP Scholars Awards further strengthen your college admissions portfolio.
  14. AP Exam questions are written and scored by college faculty, so, by taking AP Exams, you’ll learn what to expect in a college-level exam.
  15. Success in AP leads to success in college; performing well on an AP Exam means more than just the successful completion of a course; it is the gateway to success in college.
  16. Research consistently shows that students who are successful in the AP program typically experience greater academic success in college than similar in students who did not participate in the AP program.
  17. Take AP courses in high school for college credit to help you graduate earlier and save on tuition.
  18. Advanced college placement avoids repeating work and could save the cost of up to one year of study

Although 19 subject area tests are available, only those related to an AP class offered here at John F. Kennedy High School will be available to take here at JFK. In some cases a particular AP test will not be offered if there is no interest from students in taking the exam. 

If a student chooses to take an additional test not offered at JFK, it is their responsibility to find a school which will allow them to take the test at the regularly scheduled time and pay the fee that school is charging for their AP tests.

2020 AP Exam schedule

The 2020 AP Exams will be administered over two weeks in May: May 4 through 8 and May 11 through 15. Coordinators are responsible for notifying students when and where to report for the exams. Early testing or testing at times other than those published by the College Board is not permitted under any circumstances.

Week 1 Morning 8 a.m. Afternoon 12 noon Afternoon 2 p.m.

May 4

United States Government and Politics

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C:
Electricity and Magnetism

May 5             

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

German Language and Culture

Human Geography


May 6           

English Literature and Composition

European History 

Physics 2: Algebra-Based


May 7


Spanish Literature and Culture

Japanese Language and Culture

Physics 1: Algebra-Based


May 8

United States History


Art History

Computer Science A



Friday, May 8 is the last day for Coordinators to submit digital portfolios and to gather 2-D Design and and Drawing Students for the physical portfolio assembly.


Week 2 Morning 8 a.m. Afternoon 12 noon

May 11


Chinese Language and Culture

Environmental Science

May 12


Spanish Language and Culture



May 13

English Language and Composition


Music Theory

May 14

Comparative Government and Politics

World History: Modern

Italian Language and Culture


May 15

Computer Science Principles

French Language and Culture