Registration for Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Starts
Spring is right around the corner. That means baseball season, the end of the school year, and the annual Advanced Placements (AP) from the College Board. As part of the Advanced Placement (AP) course curriculum, our students are continuing to prepare for the AP exams that will be administered this May. With a successful score, college credit or advanced placement in college may be earned through this exam. Grant High School encourages all student enrolled in AP courses to take these exams. The cost for taking each exam is $93.00. Payment for the exam(s) may be made online via our Grant website or by bringing in a check made payable to Grant Community High School. If your student is planning on taking multiple exams and you plan on writing a check, please write one check for the total amount. The exam prices are set by The College Board, who oversees the Advancement Placement program in the United States.
Registration materials were distributed in AP classes and are also available in the front office or via the website. The last day to sign up for these exams is Friday, March 17, 2017. Your student may turn in the testing fee to Mrs. Cheryl Trevithick by this date or you may pay online. Students can find Mrs. Trevithick by stopping down in the Guidance Office and asking for her. Once your student’s testing fee has been received, we will order their test(s) from The College Board. Please be aware that there is a $15.00 processing fee for each exam that your student does not take after the registration date. This amount will be deducted from the exam fee refund.
If you cannot pay the $93.00 by this date, please give Mrs. Trevithick (847-973-3705) a call to arrange an extension to the due date. The College Board and the State of Illinois also offer programs to subsidize fees for students who receive free or reduced lunch. If this is the case, the exam fee is $53.00 per exam. If your student receives free or reduced lunch and is paying the reduced exam fee, please contact Mrs. Trevithick. It is not our desire that the lack of finances prohibits a qualified student from taking AP exams. We will certainly work with individual students and families to make sure every qualified student is able to take Advanced Placement exams.
Good news for AP Students! With the passage of HB3428, students who will be attending an Illinois public university or college must be given credit to satisfy degree requirements for every Advanced Placement exam where a score of 3 or higher was earned.
The key points of the law are as follows:
Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, scores of 3, 4, and 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement examinations shall be accepted for credit to satisfy degree requirements by all public universities or public community colleges located in Illinois.
Each institution of higher education shall determine for each test whether credit will be granted for electives, general education requirements, or major requirements and the Advanced Placement scores required to grant credit for those purposes.
Therefore, if you are planning on going to an Illinois public university or community college—or even if you might end up transferring to one at some point in your post high school education—you should take the AP exam because you could earn some type of credit towards your college degree. All you need to do is make sure you earn a 3 or higher on the exam.