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  • Judith Lovell Painter says:

    Why does early registration lead to higher success for the student? Clearly it leads to higher success for the College Board. I suspect the trend set off in DC this past June may be influencing their decision to get as many students committed as possible while they can. I would applaud a new trend in high schools limiting or eliminating AP classes. Too often this type of policy will hurt the low income the most.

  • Enologisto says:

    I’m pretty sure I’ve read this sentiment here on your blog: what about the senior who decides to enroll at a school that doesn’t give credit for certain AP tests? A student will not know where they’re going to attend in November, but they might know by February. Why would they bother spending the $94 to take a test that doesn’t benefit them?

    This is a money grab. More students succeed when they register in the Fall? Where did they get that data? Let’s see it. No one registers in the Fall just like no one sends in his tax payment two months early. It’s asinine.

    • Ivy Coach says:

      Hi Enologisto,

      What you’ve written is correct and it likely is part of the reason why College Board moved up the registration deadline. Or, yes, it could very well be the whole reason. Students already know where they’ll be attending college by May of senior year (when they take their senior year AP exams). Many students know by February since most highly selective colleges release Early Decision / Early Action results come mid-December. So you’re right that College Board is essentially locking in payments for AP exams for seniors who may later decide they don’t need to take the tests because they’re admitting college doesn’t offer credit for them. And that’s not right — you’re absolutely spot on! That said, all of this only applies to high school seniors.

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