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About the Exams

Updated Courses Taking Effect in 2016-17

We're excited to announce updates to AP Calculus and AP World History. The updated courses begin in the fall of 2016, followed by the exams in May 2017. Visit Advances in AP for more information.

For most students, taking the AP Exam in May serves as the natural culmination of their AP course experience. Schools wishing to provide this experience to their students should be aware of the different AP Exams available, the responsibilities associated with administering exams, and the exam development processes that ensure college-level learning is being assessed.

Fast facts about AP Exams

  • In 2015, over 4.5 million exams were taken by more than 2.5 million students at over 19,000 high schools.
  • The AP Program offers 37 courses in a wide variety of subject areas.
  • The majority of U.S. high schools currently participate in the AP Program.
  • All AP Exams include a multiple-choice and free-response section, with the following exceptions: Seminar (written exam), Research (academic paper and presentation and oral defense), and all three Studio Art exams (portfolio assessment). AP Exams in world languages and cultures include a speaking section with recorded student responses.
  • Because the College Board is committed to providing access to AP Exams to all students — including homeschooled students and students whose schools do not offer AP — students do not have to take an AP course before taking an AP Exam.
  • The AP Exam fee is $92 per exam. The fee for exams administered outside of the United States and Canada is $122 per exam. The fee for Exams administered at Authorized Test Centers outside of the United States varies. The College Board provides a $30 fee reduction for qualifying low-income students. Most states use federal and/or state funds to contribute to the remaining exam fee for low-income students.
  • More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP Exam scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores.

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