How to Earn a Semester Off in College using AP Credits Part 3

Pay Attention to AP Exam Registration Deadlines and Details

If your school does offer AP courses, whether or not you plan on taking the AP course through that school, you will still need to contact your AP Coordinator at your school to register for the exam. This administrator, according to the College Board, will need to order the necessary materials, collect fees, and let you know when and where to take the exam.5

Students who are home schooled or whose schools who don’t offer AP courses will need to pay careful attention when registering to take their exam. It is not AP exam policy to permit students to take their tests at home in non-proctored settings. You will need to arrange to take the test at a participating AP school. To do so, you will need to call AP Services no later than March 1 to get the names and telephone numbers of local AP Coordinators. Prepare a list of the exams you plan to take prior to calling so that the appropriate Coordinators can be identified and then contact the AP Coordinators no later than March 15.

The College Board recommends that when you call the Coordinators to arrange testing, you make sure to tell them:

  • You are trying to locate a school willing to administer exams to homeschooled students or students from schools that do not offer AP.
  • You will use a different school code so your exam score(s) will be reported separately from the school at which you test. (Homeschooled students will use the state homeschool code provided by the Coordinator on the day of the exam; students attending schools will use their school code.)
  • The exams you plan to take.6

You will need to talk with the AP Coordinator at the school that is willing to administer your exams to better understand the how this process will work. The administering school, and its AP coordinator, will be the one to coordinate ordering exam materials, collecting fees, and to let you know when and where you need to be take your exam.

The life of a student can be as varied as the students themselves. From family obligations, to activities at school or work, as well as other competing demands, the life of a high school or adult student can be incredibly busy and stressful. You shouldn’t let scheduling issues and fear of not doing well on an AP course, however, prevent you from taking an AP exam. You have much to be gained by taking AP courses and doing well on AP exams. With AP credits, you can bypass many of the introductory college courses required in the first couple semesters, quite possible earning an entire semester off of college. With AP, you can save serious time and money.

5 The College Board, AP: Registering, 2012.


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