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AP Exams

What are Advanced Placement Exams?
The AP Examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting. Rigorously developed by committees of college and AP high school faculty, the AP Exams test students' ability to perform at a college level.

Development Committees meet throughout the year to create new exams, which each contain a free-response section (either essay or problem solving) and a section of multiple-choice questions. (The only subject that does not follow this format is AP Studio Art, which is a portfolio assessment.) The world language exams also have a speaking component, and the AP Music Theory Exam includes a sight-singing task. The multiple-choice questions are scored by computer, while the free-response portions are evaluated by a team of skilled college professors and high school teachers who meet annually to score exams in their subject area. The involvement of college faculty at all levels of exam development and scoring ensures that the AP Exams truly reflect college-level achievement. Students who perform well can receive course credit and/or advanced standing at thousands of universities worldwide.

When are the exams administered?
Dates for the exams are May 2-6 and May 9-13. Students do not have to be enrolled in an AP class to take one of the exams.

How much do the exams cost?
Cost per exam is $89 and must be ordered by March 21, 2014. This year, as was the case last year, some of the exams will fall at the same time as our final exams.

How can I get additional information?
Students should go to or see Mrs. Ritchie if they would like additional information.

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