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AP Exams: Why Take Them/Test Schedule

The process of signing up for an AP test, and paying for the test is as follows:

  1. 1) If you haven't already done so, create a College Board student account here.  Make sure you use your legal name so that it matches the name you'll be using on your college applications.  Register using your personal email NOT your school account, as you don't receive email through the school account.
  3. 2) Get the join code for your class from your AP teachers.  Each teacher and each teacher's period has a specific join code for the course AP exam.  Use the code to register for your AP exam here.  If you have a second term AP class, the earliest you can register for the exam is January 25, 2021.  
  5. 3) Joining will provide you with AP resources and reviews.  It will also automatically order an AP test for you.  This year (2020-2021), there is no fee to cancel your order if you do so before March 12th, 2021.  You will need to let Mrs. Vu know if you want to cancel an order.  (
  7. 4) Next, you will need to pay for the test(s) through Total Registration.  If you receive Free or Reduced lunch, or need financial assistance, you can request it in Total Registration.  It is important that you understand that you must do both by the deadline: 1. Register for the test through College Board AND 2. Pay for the test through Total Registration.
  8.      For classes held in 1st term, the deadline is October 30, 2020.
  9.      For classes held in 2nd term, the deadline is March 1, 2021.
  10. Each AP exam is $110 EXCEPT for foreign langauge tests.  The Spanish and Chinese tests are $140 each.
  12. 5) Currently, College Board is planning to have in-person testing with social distancing in place.  Because of this we are limited in space, so some students may be placed on a waitlist.  If AP testing moves to online, we will be able to accommodate everyone on the waitlist.  Register early to avoid being waitlisted.
  14. 6) Please continue to monitor updates and get additional information regarding AP testing on the District AP Website.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Vu.  (


  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

Only tests related to an AP class offered at John F. Kennedy High School will be available to take at JFK. In some cases a particular AP test will not be offered if there is no interest from students in taking the exam. 

The 2021 AP Exams will be administered over two weeks in May:  May 3 through 7 and May 10 through 14. 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 3

United States Government and Politics

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C:
Electricity and Magnetism

May 4             

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

German Language and Culture

Human Geography


May 5           

English Literature and Composition

Japanese Language and Culture

Physics 1: Algebra-Based


May 6

United States History

Art History

Computer Science A


May 7


Spanish Literature and Culture

European History 

Physics 2: Algebra-Based



Friday, May 7 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 10

French Language and Culture

World History: Modern


May 11


Spanish Language and Culture



May 12

English Language and Composition


Music Theory

May 13

Comparative Government and Politics

Computer Science Principles


May 14



Italian Language and Culture


Chinese Language and Culture

Environmental Science