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Important Changes for 2015-16
Exam Fees for 2016
The fee is now $92 per exam in the United States, U.S. territories,
and Canada. The fee is now $122 per exam at schools outside
the U.S., U.S. territories, and Canada (with the exception of
DoDDS schools). The per-exam rebate that schools can retain
to offset exam administration costs remains $9. The exam fee
varies for College Board–authorized testing centers outside the
Service Enhancements Music Theory Beginning with the May 2016 AP Music Theory Exam administration, students’ sight-singing responses may be submitted digitally via an online application that will replace submission of responses on CD. Cassette tapes will continue to be an option for submitting students’ responses. There will be no changes to the AP Music Theory course or exam. Visit professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ap/coordinate for more information.
Course and Exam Changes Redesigned courses and exams in Art History and European History and a new course in Research launch this year. Visit AP Central® (apcentral.collegeboard.org) for important information and resources for these courses.
AP Research This fall, the AP Research course will launch at more than 130 participating schools worldwide as the second course in the AP Capstone™ program. For more information about AP Research and AP Capstone, visit www.collegeboard.org/apcapstone.
Art History The redesigned course is equivalent to a two-semester introductory college course and offers teachers the flexibility to tailor instruction to meet the needs and interests of their students. The course limits the required course content to 250 diverse works of art to promote in-depth learning, underscoring the exam’s focus on assessing students’ in-depth critical analysis of relationships among works of art, art historical concepts, and global cultures.
European History The redesigned course is structured around the investigation of five course themes and 19 key concepts in four different chronological periods, from approximately 1450 to the present.
The course allows students to spend more time learning essential concepts and developing necessary historical thinking skills by focusing on a limited number of key concepts.
Visit Advances in AP (advancesinap.collegeboard.org) for information about upcoming changes to Calculus AB, Calculus BC, and World History, as well as details about the new Computer Science Principles course, which will take effect in 2016-17.
Computer Science A Beginning with the 2016 exam, the multiple-choice section of the AP Computer Science A Exam will be 1 hour and 30 minutes, an increase of 15 minutes from the 2015 exam. The free-response section will be 1 hour and 30 minutes, a decrease of 15 minutes from the 2015 exam. The standard total time for the exam will remain at 3 hours.
AP® Courses and Exams Ꮀ Art History
Ꮀ Coordinators are responsible for notifying students when and where to report for the exams. Early testing or testing at times other than those published by the College Board is not permitted under any circumstances.
Ꮀ Coordinators should order latetesting exams for students who would like to take exams that are scheduled for the same time.
Ꮀ Schools in Alaska must begin the morning exam administration between 7 and 8 a.m. local time and the afternoon exam administration between 11 a.m.
and 12 p.m. local time. The AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam in Alaska must begin between 1 and 2 p.m. local time.
Ꮀ Only students who attend a school that has been accepted into the AP Capstone program can enroll in AP Seminar or AP Research and submit performance assessment tasks and/or take the AP Seminar EndofCourse Exam.
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What Is the AP Program? ® ® With AP, students can get a feel for the rigors of collegelevel studies while they still have the support of a high school environment. When students take AP courses, they demonstrate to college admission officers that they have sought out an educational experience that will prepare them for success in college and beyond.
Resourceful and dedicated AP teachers work with their students to develop and apply the skills, abilities, and content knowledge they will need later in college. Each of AP’s 37 courses is modeled upon a comparable college course. College and university faculty play a vital role in ensuring that AP courses align with collegelevel standards.
Each AP course concludes with a collegelevel exam developed and scored by college and university faculty members as well as experienced AP teachers. AP Exams are an essential part of the AP experience, enabling students to apply the new critical thinking skills they have learned in a comprehensive exam. Most two and fouryear colleges and universities worldwide recognize AP in the admission process and accept successful exam scores for credit, advanced placement, or both.
Performing well on an AP Exam means more than just the successful completion of a course. Research consistently shows that students who score a 3 or higher typically earn higher GPAs in college and have higher graduation rates.
Visit the College Board’s website for more
Ꮀ Information about AP courses and exams:
apcentral.collegeboard.org/coursehomepages Ꮀ Information about upcoming changes to AP courses and exams: advancesinap.collegeboard.org Ꮀ Curricular and resource requirements for AP courses:
www.collegeboard.org/apcourseaudit Ꮀ College and university AP credit and placement policies:
www.collegeboard.org/ap/creditpolicy Ꮀ Administering AP Exams:
www.collegeboard.org/ap/testing Ꮀ Universities outside the United States that recognize AP:
The AP Year: An Overview
August 2015 Ꮀ Announcements of upcoming AP workshops for professional development are mailed to schools.
Ꮀ Principals or designated school administrators should access their AP Course Audit accounts to renew previously authorized courses for the new school year. All AP Art History and European History teachers must submit a new course syllabus for authorization during the 201516 academic year. New teachers of AP courses should be encouraged to participate in the AP Course Audit if they haven’t already done so. For more information, visit www.collegeboard.org/apcourseaudit.
September 2015 Ꮀ Schools receive annual AP participation materials.
Ꮀ 2015 AP Scholar Award and AP International Diploma certificates are sent to students.
Ꮀ AP Studio Art Portfolio Requirements brochures are mailed to schools to the attention of the AP Studio Art teacher.
Ꮀ Sept. 15 — Deadline for ordering freeresponse booklets from the 2015 AP Exam administration.
October 2015 Ꮀ Schools complete the annual AP participation materials and designate their AP Coordinators.
Ꮀ Mailing of 2015 AP Exam freeresponse booklets begins to schools that have ordered them.
Ꮀ Oct. 15 — Preferred date by which administrators should renew previously authorized courses for the 201516 school year.
Ꮀ Oct. 31 — Deadline for students to request the MultipleChoice Rescore Service for the 2015 AP Exam administration.
November 2015 Ꮀ AP Course Ledger of authorized 201516 AP courses is available at www.collegeboard.org/apcourseledger.
Ꮀ 2015 U.S. State and National Summary Reports and the Canadian Summary Report are posted on research.collegeboard.org/programs/ap/data.
Ꮀ Rebate checks are mailed to AP Coordinators administering at least 150 exams.
Ꮀ Nov. 15 — Deadline for schools to return the AP Participation Form and Survey.
December 2015 Ꮀ The AP Program begins to mail the AP Coordinator’s Manual, a supply of the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents (available in English and, by request, in Spanish or large type), and other information to schools that have submitted AP Participation Forms.
Ꮀ Principals receive the PSAT/NMSQT® Roster of Student Scores and Plans, which includes schools’ AP Potential™ access codes.
Ꮀ AP Potential becomes available this month at appotential.collegeboard.org.
January 2016 Ꮀ AP Coordinators can begin ordering AP Exams online at www.collegeboard.org/school.
Ꮀ Mid to late January — The AP Studio Art Digital Submission Web application becomes available. Visit professionals.collegeboard.org/studioartdigital for details.
Ꮀ Jan. 31 — Deadline for initial AP Course Audit submissions, renewals, removal of teachers and courses, addition of online/distance learning courses, and AP Course Audit form approvals for 201516 courses.
February 2016 Ꮀ Upcoming AP Summer Institutes for professional development are announced.
Ꮀ Feb. 15 — Postmark deadline for College Board AP Scholarships for Teachers grant applications.
Visit www.collegeboard.org/apfellows for details.
Ꮀ Feb. 19 — Deadline for submitting requests for testing accommodations for students with disabilities.
March 2016 Ꮀ Schools may begin submitting AP Course Audit materials for new courses offered in 201617.
Ꮀ AP Coordinators work with SSD Coordinators to ensure nonstandard test formats are ordered online.
Ꮀ Deadlines to place orders for preadministration materials:
Orders placed by March 9 will be delivered by April 1.
ፊ Orders placed between March 10 and March 30 will be ፊ
The AP Year: An Overview April 2016 Ꮀ AP Coordinators receive and check exam materials.
Ꮀ Various exam ordering deadlines occur throughout April — See page 10 for details.
Ꮀ April 22 — Schools outside the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada receive shipments of regular exams no later than this date if exam orders were placed on or before April 8.
Ꮀ April 25 — Schools in the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada receive shipments of regular exams no later than this date if exam orders were placed on or before April 15.
Ꮀ AP Capstone — Students must submit all final AP Seminar and AP Research performance assessment tasks and those tasks must be scored by AP Seminar and AP Research teachers by April 30.
May 2016 Ꮀ AP Exams are administered May 2–6 and May 9–13, 2016.
See the exam schedule on the back cover.
Ꮀ Alternate exams are administered May 18–20, 2016. See the latetesting schedule on the back foldout panel.
June 2016 Ꮀ AP Exams are scored.
Ꮀ June 1 — Deadline for AP Services to receive all exam materials. Schools are billed twice the fee for each exam in shipments received after this date.
Ꮀ June 15 — Postmark deadline for exam payments and invoices submitted to AP Services. Late payments incur a $225 fee.
Ꮀ June 15 — Deadline for AP Services to receive students’ requests to change college score report recipients and to withhold scores for the current year’s administration.
Students may cancel scores at any time, but June 15 is the deadline for canceling scores before release of the 2016 AP score reports.
July 2016 Ꮀ AP score reports are available to designated colleges, students, high schools, and districts.
Ꮀ Teachers of authorized AP courses and school administrators can access AP Instructional Planning Reports. These reports include subjectspecific data on how students performed on the various topics within the AP Exams.
Ꮀ July 13–17 — AP Annual Conference 2016, Anaheim, CA August 2016 Ꮀ Announcements of upcoming AP workshops for professional development are mailed to schools.
Ꮀ Principals or designated school administrators should access their AP Course Audit accounts to renew previously authorized courses for the new school year.
All Computer Science Principles teachers must submit a course syllabus for authorization during the 201617 academic year. New teachers of AP courses should be encouraged to participate in the AP Course Audit if they haven’t already done so. For more information, visit www.collegeboard.org/apcourseaudit.
September 2016 Ꮀ Sept. 15, 2016 — Deadline for ordering freeresponse booklets from the 2016 AP Exam administration.
October 2016 Ꮀ Oct. 15, 2016 — Preferred date by which administrators should renew previously authorized courses for the 201617 school year.
Ꮀ Oct. 31, 2016 — Deadline for students to request the MultipleChoice Rescore Service for the 2016 AP Exam administration.
Organizing Your AP Program
Obtain a College Board School Code A school must have an active sixdigit school code to order and administer exams and receive students’ exam scores.