The College Board, the maker of the Advanced Placement exams, has changed its AP registration deadline. AP exams, as our readers likely know, are administered in May of each year. For our students who choose to take AP exams that their high schools may not be anticipating they take (e.g., if they intend to take the AP Psychology test even though they didn’t take the AP Psychology course through their high school or at all), we’ve always advised them to notify their high schools by early February of their intentions. This way, the schools could order the exams for the students. Without this notification, they simply wouldn’t have the test booklets. But, as Bob Dylan would sing it, the times, they are a changin’.
AP Registration Deadline Will Be Earlier
As reports Jim Jump for “Inside Higher Ed” in a piece entitled “Ethical College Admissions: AP Registration,” “Whereas registration for the May AP exams has up to now happened in the spring, beginning next year students will have to commit to taking the exams and schools will have to place exam orders by Nov. 15. Schools will still submit payment in June, but students who elect to add or not take an exam after Nov. 15 will have to pay a $40 fee on top of the $94 exam charge. The justification provided by the College Board for the new registration procedure and fees is that ‘more students succeed when they register in the fall.'”
While Jump laments that high school counselors and administrators are getting all stressed out over this change because the AP exam registrations will now take place while school counselors are helping seniors navigate the college admissions process, we take no issue with the deadline change. It’s not that big of a deal! It seems to us that these folks are getting all stressed out over not much at all. The deadline moved up a couple of months, beginning next year. Whoop whoop.
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