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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.


AP Exam Information & Test Dates

Thank you for being patient as we worked with the district on how to safely administer the AP Exams this year given the parameters College Board has put in place for this year's exams.

If you wish to cancel your registration, you can do so through your Total Registration account.  Full refunds minus a $5.00 processing fee will be given now through April 26th. 

Refunds will not be given for cancellations made after April 26th.

The following is the exam schedule that JFK will be following this year.

Testing At School (In person)                            Testing Digital At Home 

Friday, May 14th - 12:00 pm, Chinese                                         Tuesday, May 18th - 9:00 am, English Literature

Tuesday, May 21st - 8:00 am, Spanish Language                      Wednesday, May 19th - 9:00 am, US History                                                                                                                         1:00 pm, Macroeconomics

For the above two exams given at school, students             Thursday, May 20th - 9:00 am, US Government & will report 30 minutes before the test and follow                 Politics                                                                            all COVID-19 safety protocols.  Students taking                     1:00 pm Psychology                                                      these exams will be given more information                                                                                                                    regarding the in person testing and a practice                       Wednesday, May 26th - 9:00 am, English                exam.                                                                                                   Language  

AP Art & Design Portfolio Submission                                        Thursday, May 27 - 9:00 am, Biology                      deadline Tuesday, May 18th by 1:00 pm.                                   1:00 pm, Environmental Science 

                                                                                                               Friday, May 28th - 1:00 pm, Microeconomics 

                                                                                                               Wednesday, June 9th - 9:00 am, Calculus AB                                                                                                                         9:00 am, Calculus BC                                                                                                                                                                     1:00 pm, Physics 1       

                                                                                                               Thursday, June 10th - 9:00 am, Chemistry                                                                                                                             1:00 pm, Statistics

                                                                                                                All the above exams will be administered at                                                                                                                      the student's home.  Additional information                                                                                                                    regarding technical requirements will be                                                                                                                            given to students taking these exams.   


Be sure to carefully read all the information below. With over a thousand students taking 2400 tests, it is important that you take the necessary steps to ensure you are prepared for the in-person and digital AP exams.

  • Check your 3 accounts. Be sure you are getting emails from College Board, Total Registration, and Schoolloop. Double check your username/password for all accounts and be sure to know your AP ID number.
  • If you have difficulties with logging into your College Board account, contact them right away. College Board’s phone number is 1 888-225-5427
  • Know the date and time of your exam. Refer to the exam schedule above.
  • Need to cancel your exam registration? Full refunds minus a $5.00 processing fee will be given now through April 26th. Refunds will not be given for cancellations made after April 26th.

                                                                IN-PERSON (AT-SCHOOL) AP EXAMS                                                                       (AP WORLD LANGUAGE & AP MUSIC THEORY EXAMS ONLY)

Practice Exam Dates for In-Person AP Exams: Students have the opportunity to take an in-person practice AP exam for all in-person exams. While this practice opportunity is not required, we highly recommend students attend to become familiar with the testing equipment and procedures prior to exam day. The practice exam will occur during the class period the AP course is offered and office hours.  You will be sent more information through School Loop on how to access the practice exams before May 5th.


  • Review the video at this link to preview how the digital AP exams will work this year.
  • These exams will NOT be similar to last year’s tests. All colleges will accept paper/digital results as equals. Check the College Board’s website for results release dates for your exam.
  • Unlike the paper exams you CANNOT go back and forth between unanswered questions.
  • Digital Exams will all begin at the same time WORLDWIDE. Be ready!
  • Be sure you have the correct hand held calculator, if needed.
  • Under NO circumstance do anything to cheat or deceive the exams. The consequence will be severe


  • Digital exams can ONLY be done on a desktop or laptop computer with power cord ready. NO Smart phones or IPADS, or personal Chromebooks. Students should review all devices in their households to determine if they have a laptop or desktop to use for the digital AP exams.
  • Students will download the Digital Testing Application from College Board onto the device they plan to use for the digital AP exam. Procedure for downloading the application are below.
  • For students borrowing a laptop from the school, they have the ability to download the application directly to the school issued laptop.
  • For students that do not have a desktop or laptop within their home to use for the AP exams, please fill out this Google form to indicate your tech needs for the digital AP exams no later than May 5th .


  • Download and install the digital testing application now on your desktop or laptop device. Do this now to ensure you don’t have any technical difficulties. If you have difficulties and cannot get the application downloaded, please fill out this Google form no later than May 5th.
  • As soon as possible, practice the example questions in the Digital Testing App.
  • At least 3 days before EACH exam you take you MUST complete the exam set up. Failure to do this may result in you not being able to begin the exam on time.
  • Thirty minutes before each exam please complete the check in process.
  • Review the link below for detailed information for the 4 steps you need to follow.


  • Testing accommodations will be factored in for the appropriate exams for students that have approved College Board accommodations.
  • There will be breaks during the digital exams with a running clock.
  • Don’t assume you can just make up a test if something goes “wrong.”
  • More details pertaining to AP exams will be emailed  as needed via Total Registration and/or Schoolloop. Be sure to check your email regularly.
  • Re-read all of the above information again to ensure you have followed all steps to prepare for the AP exams.