• 2020-21 Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Information


    Taking the Advanced Placement exam is an important part of all AP courses. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition. There is no cost to take the AP exam for any course in which you are currently enrolled if you register and join your teacher’s class on MyAP by November 6. Students who are taking an AP course must commit to taking the AP exam (which will be in May 2021) no later than Friday, November 6, 2020.

    *Please know at this time we are not able to tell you if exams will be administered in person or electronically at home. This decision will be made in the spring by Collegeboard. 

    Exam Ordering & Procedures:

    • All students must create an account at MyAP
    • Once students create their accounts they must “join” their teacher’s AP class using a unique code provided by the teacher. This will allow you access to online AP resources for free.
    • Once students “join” their AP teacher’s online classroom, they are automatically registered for the AP exam which will be administered during the month of May 2021. This registration must be completed by November 6, 2020. Registrations after this date will incur a $40 late fee from Collegeboard.
    • There are no cancellation fees for NOT taking the AP exam this year; however, if you miss your exam and want to test on the make up date, there will be a $40 late fee assessed by Collegeboard.
    • For students wishing to test in a course they are not taking, the cost is $94 per exam. You must speak to Mrs. Carpino for approval.
    • If you have two exams at the same time on the same day, Mrs. Carpino will determine which exam you will take on the regularly scheduled day and which exam you will take on the make up date. There will be no fee for taking an exam on the late date in this situation.
    • Review the 2021 AP Schedule and put dates in your calendar.
    • See the full AP Exam schedule here: 2020-21 AP Exam Schedule


    If you have questions, please email our AP exam coordinator: Leandra Carpino (lcarpino@wcpss.net) 919-881-4800 ext. 24828



    AP and Honors Programs

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the advantages of taking AP courses?
    The main advantage of taking an AP course is advanced preparation for college. Additionally, students who score well on AP exams may receive college credit while still in high school. The AP exams are given every year in May. Scores are reported to the colleges designated by the student and range from 1 (no recommendation) to 5 (extremely qualified). Each college determines the scores to be accepted for credit. Colleges may award three, and sometimes six, hours of credit per test. It is the responsibility of the student to check with the colleges in which they are interested in to see if they accept AP exams for credits.

    What is the difference between an Honors and AP class?
    AP classes are college-level courses that are more challenging and rigorous. AP classes require energetic, involved, and motivated students. Honors classes are engaging and attractive for students interested in pushing themselves beyond the academic standard. Our honors courses are rigorous, while still offering support for students just entering more advanced classes for the first time.

    Why should I take an AP class? Honors classes? What will it do to my GPA?
    Students who succeed in AP courses generally do well in college as a result of rigorous academic preparation. AP classes are weighted on a 6.0 scale. If you do well, your GPA benefits from the weighted quality points. However, it is not advised to take AP courses without serious consideration and teacher recommendations. Doing poorly in an AP course will affect your GPA.  It is up to you, your parent(s), and teachers to figure out that balance.  Students who enroll in honors courses are more likely to experience success and engagement in school beyond the secondary level. Participation in honors programs allows students to experience more robust curricular themes and concepts. 

    What AP courses/exams does Sanderson High School offer?
    Each year our AP courses and programs depend on student interest and enrollment. Most frequently Sanderson offers the following AP Programs:
    Calculus AB & BC, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French Language, Government & Politics, Human Geography, Spanish Language, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Literature, U.S. History, and Visual Arts.

    How much does it cost to take an AP exam?
    There is no charge for taking an AP course at Sanderson High School and currently there is no charge to take the AP exam in May.