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Advanced Placement Courses

Updates for AP Students and Schools Affected by Coronavirus
In response to the Coronavirus, the College Board has developed secure, online free-response exams for each course. For more information about the 2019-20 AP Exam administration please go to:

Walk Through Exam Video

  • Explainer Videos: New videos are available to give students quick, easily accessible information about their test-day experience, what they need to do to prepare, support from Higher Ed institutions, an exam walkthrough, and more. Explore the playlist.

Additional answers to your FAQs are available here.


We want to provide an update regarding refunds for those of you planning on canceling your AP exam.  We were recently informed that College Board has locked the portal that allows coordinators to change a students exam status.  How does this impact you?  IF you had planned to cancel one or more AP exam(s) you may still do so, but there will be a delay in receiving your refund. In order to cancel your exam(s), you must request through Total Registration before May 9, 2020, at midnight. 

Students who canceled before Friday, April 17

Will not receive an AP exam in their email on exam day and a refund has been processed.  There is no need for any further action.

Students who cancel after Friday, April 17

Will receive an AP exam in their email on exam day, but will only receive a refund if they do not open the exam and canceled through Total Registration prior to the May 9th deadline.  This refund will be processed by June 26, 2020.  

For the 2019-20 exam administration only

Highlights of College Board's April 3 Announcement

  • ALL EXAMS will be administered online May 11 to May 22. The College Board designed the 2020 AP Exam Schedule to remove almost all conflicts between Advanced Placement exams so all students should be able to test during the first two weeks. 
  • All students worldwide will take exams simultaneously, so it is critical students understand when they will test based on their school’s time zone.  When looking at the exam schedule remember you are in the Pacific Time Zone.
  • PUSD will be providing full refunds to students who elect not to take the exam and submit their cancellation request through Total Registration before May 9, 2020, at midnight.
  • Students cannot add unordered exams since ordering closed March 13, 2020. 
  • If a student experiences technical difficulties during their exam then the student will be responsible for contacting College Board directly to arrange for the make-up exam.
  • If you have any questions or concerns you are encouraged to contact College Board Help Line at 1-877-274-6474 or check their updated site at
  • Students can view their exam schedule by logging in to with the student email and password.
  • SENIORS: How to send your AP score to your college?  - Prior to June 20, 2020, students MUST go to your “MyAP Profile” and select the “Score Send Tab” to indicate which school to send your AP scores. 

Exam Information

  • For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. You'll need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
  • This is an open book/open note test and you MAY access class notes and class resources.
  • Tests will be submitted by either an uploaded photo of handwritten work or upload of typed work.  College Board will release a home testing guide late April with the instructions and guidelines to assist students with administering AP exam(s) at home.
  • Information about course specific free response questions can be found in the 2020 AP Exam Schedule by scrolling past the exam dates and expanding the section for the AP course of interest.

The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.  The program consists of college-level courses developed by the AP Program that high schools can choose to offer, and corresponding exams that are administered once a year.

Taking AP courses and exams can help students:
Stand out on college applications. AP courses on a student’s transcript shows that they’ve challenged themselves with the most rigorous courses available to them. And success on an AP Exam shows that they’re ready for college-level coursework.
Earn college credit and/or skip introductory courses in college. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States—as well as many institutions in more than 100 other countries—grant students credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. Search credit policies by college.
For more information about Advanced Placement Courses please visit the College Board at:
Each comprehensive High School offers a variety of Advanced Placement Courses.  In order to learn more, please contact your Counselor.