The College Board, creators of Advanced Placement, recently announced significant changes to the AP exam ordering process, deadlines, late fees and cancellation fees that will be mandated for all schools and all students in the 2019-2020 school year.
Next year, all students will decide whether or not to take exams and order their exams by October 31, 2019. In previous years, the registration for exams took place during the spring semester. All students in 1st semester or yearlong AP classes who register after this date may be assessed a $40/exam late fee. In addition, a $40/exam cancellation fee will be assessed for any exam order canceled after November 15, 2019. The ordering deadline for second semester only courses will be March 13, 2020. You can view the timeline in detail here under the "Fall Exam Ordering" overview section.
Please keep in mind that these changes are being mandated by the College Board and were not decided by the school and/or district. Additional details regarding the College Board’s new process will be made available once we have more information. Finally, as a reminder, students in AP classes are not required to take AP exams. It is an individual choice.
Dr. Charles Ned
Director, Advanced Academics
The College Board's Equity and Access Policy
The College Board strongly encourages educators to make equitable access a guiding principle for their AP programs by giving all willing and academically prepared students the opportunity to participate in AP. We encourage educators to:
- Eliminate barriers that restrict access to AP for students from ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups that have been traditionally underserved.
- Make every effort to ensure their AP classes reflect the diversity of their student population.
- Provide all students with access to academically challenging coursework before they enroll in AP classes.
Only through a commitment to equitable preparation and access can true equity and excellence be achieved.
Humble ISD and College Board are committed to the principle that all students deserve an opportunity to participate in rigorous and academically challenging courses/programs. Pre-AP and AP courses are available to all students in Humble ISD middle and high schools. Course offerings vary from campus to campus based on course demand.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Humble ISD high school students have access to a variety of rigorous, college-level courses through the Advanced Placement (AP) program. AP courses are open-enrollment and students are strongly encouraged to complete coursework and take the corresponding AP exam at the end of the year. Students may earn potential college credit by scoring a 3 or higher on an AP exam.
Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP)
Pre-AP courses offer challenging academic opportunities for students beginning in 6th grade. These courses are open-enrollment and the instruction is aligned to build on the strengths of students in order to prepare them to experience success in Advanced Placement and other advanced academic courses.
Students are encouraged to take Pre-AP courses prior to enrolling in AP courses. The strategies and skills students learn in Pre-AP courses help them acquire content knowledge while providing a foundation for college readiness.
Benefits of AP
- Favorable Impact on College Admission
- AP courses tell college officials that students are challeging themselves and preparing for the rigors they'll encounter in college.
- 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student's AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.
- Builds Skills and Confidence
- Students learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
- Research shows that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically earn higher grade point averages in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers.
- Offers Financial Benefits
- Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely to complete a college degree on time. Graduating in four years represents a significant savings on the cost of college.
Please contact your child’s Counselor should you have questions regarding Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities, advising, and/or course scheduling.