Advanced Placement (AP) Testing
For each Advanced Placement course, an AP Exam is administered at participating schools worldwide. Except for AP Studio Art -- which is a portfolio assessment -- each AP Exam contains a free-response section (either essay or problem-solving) and a section of multiple-choice questions. The modern language exams also have a speaking component, and the AP Music Theory Exam includes a sight-singing task. Each AP Exam is given an overall grade of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, with 5 indicating a student who is extremely well qualified to receive college credit and/or advanced placement based on an AP Exam grade.
In January of each school year, AP Coordinators at each of the high schools in Spotsylvania County will distribute AP exam order forms to students enrolled in AP courses. Completed order forms and the appropriate fees must be returned to the College/Career counselor in the guidance office at your child’s high school by the beginning of the last week in March. For more information about the AP testing program and testing dates, contact the AP Coordinator at your child’s school or access information online at Collegeboard.com.
Funding Sources for AP Test Fees
Early College Scholars – Senior Year Plus
- Support from DOE for AP students who are receiving some form of assistance and/or free or reduced lunch (through each school)
- Fee reductions of $28 per exam are available from the College Board for students with financial need. In addition, schools forgo their $8 rebate for each fee-reduced exam, making the final fee for these students $53 per exam. Most states offer exam subsidies to cover all or part of the remaining costs for eligible students.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Students who receive accommodations on both school-level and state-sponsored testing programs may be eligible for accommodations on college admissions or Advanced Placement tests. Any student who has a documented disability and accommodations stipulated in an Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan needs to register that information with the appropriate testing company prior to registering to take a PSAT, SAT, ACT or AP test. Registration materials are available in the guidance office at each high school in Spotsylvania County. For more information about services for students with disabilities contact for the PSAT, SAT and AP programs, or for the ACT program.