Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Time to think about registering for exams

If you're in an AP course, you'll probably be bombarded with notices and reminders that it's time to register for the exams you're going to take.

Respond appropriately.

If you're not in a formal AP course, here's where to find out about registration.

Registering for Exams
What if I’m Homeschooled or at a School That Doesn’t Offer AP?
You may be able to take the AP Exam you want by arranging to test at a participating school. Here’s how:

Contact AP Services no later than March 3 to get the names and telephone numbers of local, participating AP Coordinators willing to test outside students. Prepare a list of the AP Exams you are interested in taking before you call.

Call the AP Coordinators identified by AP Services no later than March 17.

When calling Coordinators to arrange testing, make sure to tell them:
  • You are trying to locate a school willing to administer exams to homeschooled students or students from schools that do not offer AP Exams.
  • The exams you plan to take.
  • If you have a documented disability that will require testing accommodations at the exam, and if you have been approved by the College Board to test with accommodations.
Once you locate an agreeable school, that school's AP Coordinator is responsible for ordering your exam materials, telling you when and where to report for the exams, and collecting your fees, which may be higher to cover the school’s additional proctoring or administration costs. That school must administer the exams for you; the school cannot forward them to you or your school for handling.

On exam day:
  • You must bring a valid government- or school-issued photo ID with you to the exam.
  • If you have approval from the College Board to test with accommodations, you must also bring your Student Accommodation Letter.
  • If you attend a school that doesn’t offer AP, you should not use the school code for the school where you are testing. Instead, make sure to use your own school’s code so your exam score(s) will be reported to your school. This means you need to get your school’s six-digit code from your principal or school counselor before exam day.
  • If you are home-schooled, use the state or international home-school/self-study code that will be given to you on the day of the exam.
International Students
If you are registering for AP Exams outside the United States, check the College Board international students page which gives information on AP Exam registration and test administration for additional registration and test administration details and deadlines that might apply to your exams.

Fees and Fee Reductions
The fee for each AP Exam is $89.

The fee for exams administered at schools outside of the United States, U.S. territories and commonwealths, and Canada, with the exception of U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS), is $119 per exam.

Fees for exams taken at authorized test centers outside the United States vary.

Please note:
  • Your school may require you to pay a higher fee to cover proctoring and administration costs.
  • If you are approved to take an alternate exam during the late-testing period, you may be required to pay an additional $45 per exam late-testing fee.
  • If you paid for an AP Exam but then decided not to take it, you may ask your AP Coordinator for a refund. Local school policy determines the amount of the refund. You will probably be required to pay the $15 fee the school is charged for each unused exam. However, once you begin an exam — that is, write on an exam booklet or answer sheet or play an exam CD — you cannot receive a refund.

AP Calendar
May 5-9 and May 12-16, 2014 (AP Comparative Government and Politics exam is on Friday morning, 16 May 2014.)

Teaching Comparative blog entries are indexed.

The Fifth Edition of What You Need to Know is available from College City Publications.. It's a thorough review guide to the course.

The First Edition of Just the Facts! is a brief guide to concepts, terminology, and examples important in the course.

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