Register for 2017 AP Exams
Enrollment in college-level Advanced Placement courses has skyrocketed at Des Moines Public Schools as more and more AP classes are being offered at all DMPS high schools than ever before.
An important component of AP courses is the AP exam, which can lead to credit at many colleges and universities.
The deadline to register for the 2017 AP exams is Monday, March 27. This page includes information on the exams and how to register.
WHAT ARE AP EXAMS?
AP Exams are administered by schools worldwide on set dates each May. Exams usually last around three hours. Each AP Exam usually consists of multiple-choice questions and free-response questions (essay, problem-solving, oral response).
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER TAKING AN AP EXAM?
Reason #1: College Credit
Almost all two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States offer credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying AP Exam scores. This means students can earn credit toward their college degrees and/or can skip introductory courses and move directly into higher-level classes or fulfill general education requirements.
Information about AP credit and placement policies at many colleges and universities is available at: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement/search-credit-policies
Reason #2: Increased College Success
A recent study showed that students who earned a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Exam had higher first-year college grade point averages and were more likely to return for the second year of college than non-AP students of similar ability.
Reason #3: Save Money
Students who take five years or more to graduate can spend $8,000 to $27,000 for each additional year in college. A qualifying score on an AP exam can save both time and money in earning a college degree.
- The typical college cost per year for a four-year public institution is $8,142 for in-state students and $19,670 for out-of-state students.*
- Students attending private institutions might expect to incur $27,389 for each additional year it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree.*
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR AN AP EXAM?
- Pick up a registration form at your school, fill it out, and return it to your home school bookkeeper no later than March 27. The AP Exam fee for 2017 is $93 per exam.
- If you qualify for free or reduced priced lunch, you can take the AP exam for free due to a fee reduction from the College Board and a grant from the United Way of Central Iowa.
NOTE: If you register for an exam, but don’t show up on the exam date, you will be charged a $15.00 unused test fee. This applies to all students, regardless of financial status.
HOW DO I FIND OUT MY AP EXAM SCORES?
AP exams are taken in May and graded in June. Scores are reported online in July.
AP exam scores are uploaded into Infinite Campus so you always have access to your assessment information.
AP Exam scores are NOT a part of your school transcript. Unlike the ACT and SAT exam scores which are automatically reported to colleges and universities, you decide if and when you choose to report your AP exam score(s) to colleges and universities.