WHPP AP Exam Orders

Hello Central Academy students and families,

This is a reminder that AP Exam ordering is taking place NOW through November 11.

Because you (or your child) are enrolled in World History People and Places (WHPP), I wanted to explain how Advanced Placement exams work.  World History People and Places is a class unique to Central Academy which provides  world history credit for high school graduation while also preparing students to take the Advanced Placement Human Geography exam.

AP exams are administered each May.  The Human Geography exam is given on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 12:30 in the afternoon.  Students are encouraged, but not required, to take AP exams for the course(s) in which they are enrolled.  Each AP exam costs $94.00.  Depending on the specific policy at the university or college the student eventually attends, students could earn a significant number of college credits for scoring well on an AP exam.

The College Board, which provides the AP Exams, requires that students order their exams in the fall (rather than the spring) this year. The reason for the change is to provide students and teachers with many new online resources and digital tools throughout the school year to support their learning.

All students who take an Advanced Placement class from a College Board certified teacher should sign up with the College Board for the free study resources available online.  Teachers will be able to use these materials as part of the class assignments, too. Students have access to these free resources even if they do not take the exam in May.

How it works:

Students join their AP classes online.  Students get a ‘join code’ from their AP teachers to join their classes online at myap.collegeboard.org. Students need a College Board account to sign in. If students don’t have an account yet, go to collegeboard.org/register.

Students get a different join code for each of their AP classes.  Most WHPP students only have one AP exam, Human Geography.

Ordering Exams:

Sign up for the AP exam with the College Board by November 8.   Academy WHPP students take the Human Geography exam at their DMPS high school.  So, an East student takes the exam at East and a Roosevelt student takes the exam at Roosevelt, even though they are in the same class at Academy.  The only WHPP students who take the Human Geography exam at Academy are out of district students (not DMPS) and middle school students taking WHPP.

The College Board sends the exam to the school where the order is placed.  Therefore, most WHPP students need a second join code to order the exam.  WHPP students set their exam order status to “no” in the class and use the second join code to order the exam at their school.

Out of district and middle school students in WHPP do not need a second exam join code because they are taking the exam in the same building where they take their class.

Academy AP teachers have all the join codes students need.  Just ask.

Paying for Exams: 

Sign up and pay the deposit for the exam with your school’s bookkeeper between September 30 and November 11.  The exam fee is the same as last year, $94 for each exam.

Order forms are available at your home school’s bookkeeper’s office now. They must be turned in by November 11.   A non-refundable $40 deposit for each ordered test is due by November 11. The balance is due by March 13, 2020.

Once a student turns in an order form, the fee will show up in Infinite Campus and can be paid online with a credit card or with a check or cash to the school bookkeeper.   The fee can be paid in installments or all at once.  Students who qualify for textbook waivers their exams paid for by a grant from the United Way. The bookkeeper will apply the grant automatically to all students who qualify.

The College Board charges $40 for order changes after November 15, 2019.  Deciding to take the exam after November 15 OR cancelling an exam OR just not showing up on the day of the test costs $40.  That’s why the deposit is non-refundable.

Your exam choice will be set to “no” automatically if you don’t sign up with the bookkeeper and pay the deposit (unless you qualify for a fee waiver).

If your family qualifies for the textbook fee waiver, then DMPS will get a grant to pay for your exam(s).  Keep in mind, if you sign up for the exam by turning in an order form to the bookkeeper but then drop the course or don’t use the test, you’ll be charged $40.  It is only free if you take the exam.

Out of district (and middle school students in AP classes) register and pay for their AP exams through Academy.  The bookkeeper forms area available now and must be turned in by November 11.

More Information:

There are four sources to find out more about AP exams and classes:

  1. The College Board Website: collegeboard.org
  2. The online AP classroom for your specific AP class: myap.collegeboard.org
  3. The DMPS Advanced Placement Website: ap.dmschools.org
  4. The Acadmey website: ca.dmschools.org/adv-placement
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