Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP)

Published: 10/18/2021 1:31 PM

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

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.


AP Professional Development Opportunities

Research shows that professional development for teachers increases performance in Advanced Placement courses.



AdvanceKentucky's mission is to work with local, state and national partners to dramatically expand access to and participation and success in rigorous college-level work in high school, particularly among student populations traditionally underrepresented in these courses.


Regulation 702 KAR 3:220 KDE's interpretation of Regulation 702 KAR 3:220 is that the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exam fees fall within the fee categories described in this regulation. As such, these fees are to be waived by the district for students who are eligible for free OR reduced price lunch. Therefore, districts should not be collecting any amount of the fee from these students and instead paying the amount, after the federal grant funds are applied, from general funds just like they do for other fees required to be waived for these students by this regulation.

KRS 160.348 (3) While this statute requires costs of the AP examinations to be “… paid by” the KDE, the General Assembly has not provided an appropriation to provide the funding for this statute.

Senate Bill 1 states that school report cards will report the Advanced Placement courses offered, the number of students enrolled, completing and taking the examination for each course, and the percentage of examinees receiving a score of three (3) or better.

Dr. ​Damien Sweeney
Office of Teaching and Learning
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 892-6639 Ext.4545 
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