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Please review the below information for 2020-2021 AP testing information.
January 12, 2021
Dear AP Students and Parents/Guardians,
Update on May 2021 AP Exams:
Many parents, students, and teachers are concerned about how AP Exams will be administered in May of 2021. Unfortunately, definitive information on what exactly AP Exams will look like is still forthcoming due to the ever changing nature of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Plans are being made to have traditional exams in person, to have a digital contingency exam as happened last spring, and/or to have a blend of the two. Once more information is available, it will be communicated to parents, students, and teachers.
Students are encouraged to register for AP exams even if they are unsure they are going to take them. If students decide not to take the AP Exam, there are no cancellation fees. However, students must cancel their exams before March 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM in order to receive a full refund of their exam fees. After March 13, 2021 there are no refunds.
Basic AP Exam Information:
If your student is currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement course, the expectation is that he/she will be taking the AP exam that accompanies it. If a student passes the exam with a score of 4 or 5, most public and private universities will award college credit. A score of 3 is recognized by many California state schools, many schools in the UC system, and some of the private universities. Each university is different, and parents and students may want to research the AP policy at the schools that you are considering for your student. For more information about the AP exams and test day, students and parents should carefully read all CollegeBoard AP policies and procedures in the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents, which is available on the CollegeBoard website. www.collegeboard.org
How to register to take an AP Exam:
For the 2021 AP exams, students at Vista del Lago High School will be registering online via two platforms:
Platform 1: collegeboard.org -- this is the platform where students will register to participate in their teacher’s AP Classroom(s). Most teachers will help students to create this account during class and will give them their unique section code.
Platform 2: totalregistration.net -- this is the platform where students will register to take and pay for their AP tests.
Both registrations are required to take an AP Exam and take a few minutes to be completed from any computer with internet access. Online registration will not only ensure a higher level of accuracy in our students’ preadministration responses, but it will also save them significant registration “bubble-in” time on the actual AP test day.
In order to register, students should go to www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/054166. To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students are able to print the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered. If you took an AP exam last year, please use the same email when registering.
Deadlines and Schedule of Fees:
Online Exam registration for fall courses began on August 12, 2020 and ended on November 6, 2020. If your student took a fall course, it is unfortunately too late for them to register to take the AP Exam.
However, for spring term courses that began on January 4, 2021, registration has begun and will go until February 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Beginning February 6, a $5 late fee per exam will be charged for all exam registrations until March 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Students will not be able to register for an AP Exam after March 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM.
Registration/Payment Dates and Deadlines
Spring Term AP Courses
January 4 - February 5
$100 per exam
February 6 - March 5
$100 per exam + $5 late
fee per exam
After March 5th, students will not be able to register for the exam.
Vista del Lago High School is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment. Registrations that have not been paid for by the registration deadline will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.
We understand that on rare occasions students must cancel an exam. Please understand that refunds are not automatic, and students are responsible for requesting any refunds by logging into the Total Registration website and requesting a refund. Here is our refund policy:
- Students who cancel an exam by March 12, 2021 are entitled to a full refund of the exam fee.
- After March 13, 2021 there are no refunds.
Students with established financial need may qualify for reduced fees for the exam(s). Please talk to Mrs. Moore in the Assistant Principal’s Office by February 5 about the process if financial need makes it difficult to take the exam. You can still complete your registration online prior to speaking with Mrs. Moore.
Brittany Andreasen-Parkins -- AP Coordinator
Information about registering for the 2019-2020 AP Exams will be coming to your student through their AP class.
This year, AP and the College Board have changed the registration dates for AP exams. Please note that ALL fall AP students must be registered by first week of October or they will incur a late fee, or not be allowed to take their test.
All spring AP students will have a set of registration deadlines.