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****Updated September 27, 2023***

AP exams 2024 Link to College Board Exam Dates

AP Classroom Registration: AP Exam registration consists of 2 separate steps. 1) Registration in AP Classroom (done through the college board website) and 2) submitting payment (collected by school). All students who are enrolled in an AP Class will register for their AP exam in the AP Classroom by logging on to and entering their class join code. This join code will be given to students by their AP teacher at the beginning of the school year. All AP students MUST complete this step in the AP classroom or an AP exam cannot be ordered for them. Here is a tutorial video. Students who fail to register in the fall may be subject to late fees or may not be able to test.

Student Link for Total Registration  Link for College Board


Fee for AP exam: $120 each.

For exams for courses beginning prior to Nov 16, 2023

  • Students who cancel an exam by Wednesday - November 1, 2023 are entitled to a full refund of the exam fee.
  • Students who cancel an exam by Wednesday - November 8th, 2023 are entitled to a refund of the exam fee minus a cancellation fee of $40.00 (per exam cancelled).
  • After November 9th, 2023 - there are no refunds.
  • Late fees are nonrefundable. 

Important Registration Dates for AP:

Registration Opens: October 1, 2023 @ 8:00 AM
Regular Registration Closes: Oct 31, 2023 @11:59 PM

After November 8, 2022 the College Board charges a $40 Cancellation Fee per exam canceled.  Students who cancel an AP exam after November 8 will receive a $80 refund per exam.  Students taking Spring Semester AP US Government & Politics may register for their Spring AP Government & Politics exam in February.  All other AP exams must be ordered during the regular registration window which ends October 31st.  
Students can cancel an AP exam by logging onto Total Registration. Once a student cancels an exam, that triggers SHS to process the refund and change the school’s exam order with the College Board. Students will get a refund of exam fees if they cancel an exam prior on or before November 8th, 2023.  We cannot refund the Late Order Fee of $40 for exams ordered after November 9th, 2023.

General Policies: SHS does not allow outside students to test with us. An outside student is defined as a student who do not attend SHS. If you attend a different school, you need to take your AP exams with them. The exceptions are homeschooled students and students at LGHS. If you are homeschooled and live in SHS attendance area, you can request to take AP exams at SHS. If you are at LGHS, you can request to take AP Chinese at SHS. All AP Chinese requests will be waitlisted and approved based on prioritization and space availability.

Exams Offered to SHS Students this academic year: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language, Computer Science A, Drawing, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Japanese Language, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, US Government & Politics, US History, Music Theory.

Help: Contact Mrs. Marissa Alvarado at if:

  • You would like to register for an exam not listed.
  • You require financial assistance to pay for AP exams.
  • You are NOT in an AP Course but wish to take the exam.
  • You are planning to take two exams scheduled at the same time.
  • You think you may have an academic or sporting contest conflict.
  • You want to take an AP Exam at another school.
  • Any other questions related to AP exam.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where do I report for test day?
Typically, AP exams take place in the gym but sometimes in the Library, depending on the exam. Students will be notified through Total Registration when and where to report closer to testing dates.

What should I bring on test day?

  • Two sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers)
  • Two pens, with black or dark blue ink only
  • Calculator if applicable (click here for AP Calculator Policy)

DO NOT Bring:

  • Electronic equipment including phones, smartwatches, fitness trackers, wearable technology, cameras, recording or listening devices, or any other type of electronic or communication device. Phones will need to be powered off during testing and breaks.
  • Books, reference guides, notes, compasses, protractors, mechanical pencils, pencils that are not No. 2, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, clipboards, reference or colored pencils.
  • Scratch paper: Students testing in-school are prohibited from bringing scratch paper to the AP Exam, but scratch paper will be provided.
  • Watches that beep, make a noise, or have an alarm.
  • Food or drink (students may get water/snack during break if needed)

A student observed with any of these prohibited items during testing or breaks may be dismissed from the exam, the device may be confiscated, the student’s score may be canceled, and no retest may be permitted.

Am I excused from class during my AP exam?
Teachers know that AP testing is happening during the first two weeks of May. Students will be excused from class time for testing but are expected to check with their teachers on any work missed from other classes.

What do I do if I can’t take my AP exam or if I am late?
Students must report at the time and location instructed.  Due to test security reasons, students will not be allowed to show up late or leave early. Generally, there are no make-ups except on rare occasions when the College Board approved, emergency situations. Should an emergency come up and you cannot report for your AP exam, contact Mrs. Alvarado right away. If a student skips their AP exam for a non-emergency reason, they may be subject to additional unused test fees.

What if I have two AP exams scheduled at the same time?
Although rare, this may happen occasionally. The College Board sets the AP exam schedule and schools across the nation follow based on local time. Should you have two AP exams scheduled at the same time, please notify Mrs. Alvarado and she can let you know your options for alternate testing. Please note that alternate testing does not apply to students who have two AP exams scheduled back-to-back. If Students are choosing to take AP exams at outside agencies, that is their choice; if exams they are taking here, at Saratoga are in conflict, they will need to make the additional choice of which exam to take. Alternate exams will not be scheduled, nor will travel time be accommodated if exams are in two places on the same day. We encourage our students to test here, with us. 

How long are AP exams?
The exam itself is around 3 hours, but that does not include time for instructions, breaks, and filling out demographic information on the answer sheet. Some tests like music theory, Spanish and French may take longer due to the individual audio recording components.

My student has an IEP or 504 plan. Do they automatically receive testing accommodation on AP exams?
No. Testing accommodation requests for any College Board exam must be submitted to and approved by the College Board. The process requires documentation of diagnosis and a written accommodation plan. It can take several weeks for the College Board to review, and approve or deny accommodation requests. Students may only test with accommodations if they have been reviewed and approved by the College Board.

How should I prepare for Test Day?

  • Review the College Board AP Terms and Conditions on the AP website
  • Get a good night’s sleep before exam day
  • Eat a healthy breakfast/lunch before your exam and stay hydrated
  • Arrive to the testing location on time. Do not bring any unnecessary materials or prohibited items to your exam
  • Remember to breathe! You’ve got this!

Please continue to check the Friday Newsletter, and our website frequently for updates. Students should also check their emails for information from the College Board, AP Teacher and AP Coordinator.
Any additional questions regarding AP exams can be directed towards Marissa Alvarado, SHS AP Coordinator.