The Advanced Placement (AP*) Program is governed by the College Board. There are over 30 college-level courses available, most of which are offered in our local Kentucky high schools. Students take an end-of-course exam and, based on their numerical score, may be awarded college credit for the course.
*Advanced Placement, AP and Pre-AP are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Free for Low-Income Students in 2020-2021 School Year
All of the AP exams will be free for students receiving free/reduced-price lunch in the Commonwealth. AP coordinators must ensure they properly identify these students in AP Registration and Ordering.
After testing, the College Board will identify all students marked as receiving free/reduced lunch and bill the Kentucky Department of Education. Schools and districts will only be billed for students who are not identified as free/reduced.
All AP Computer Science Exams Free for the 2020-2021 School Year
The Computer Science/IT Academy at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will pay for all AP Computer Science exams during the 2020-2021 school year. The Computer Science/IT Academy at KDE will automatically be billed for these exams after testing in May.
AP Exam Fees from College Board
The cost per AP Exam has increased by $1 in 2020-2021. Exams now will be $95. The amount of the College Board fee reduction also is increasing by $1 per exam for eligible students. Schools still retain a $9 rebate per exam. Visit the College Board's AP Exam Fees website
for more information about AP exam fees.
The deadline for ordering "on-time exams" is Nov. 13. For courses that start after Nov. 13, the deadline is March 12, 2021.
Unused/Canceled Exam Fee Waived: College Board encourages students to register for their exams in the fall. Given this year’s unusual circumstances, the unused/canceled exam fee won't be applied (in 2020-2021 only).
To ensure your school isn’t billed an exam fee for unused/canceled exams, submit known exam cancellations by March 12, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET), or indicate as unused any exams that are ordered but not taken in AP Registration and Ordering before the school's invoice is generated.