Advanced Placement

  • Taking AP classes can help students:

    Build skills and confidence.

    • AP students learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
    • They dig deeper into subjects that interest them and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving skills to address course challenges.

    Get into college.

    • Students who take AP courses send a signal to colleges that they’re serious about their education and that they’re willing to challenge themselves with rigorous coursework.[1]
    • 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.[2]

    Success in college.

    • Research shows that students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers.[3]

    Save time and money in college.

    • Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time[4]—which means they avoid paying for, for example, the fifth year of tuition.
    • Most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. This can mean:
      • Fulfilling graduation requirements early
      • Being able to skip introductory courses or required general-education courses
    • Lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons including topics from the final 25% of the course. 
    • AP Testing will be online and done at home, more information will be available after April 3, 2020. Please be patient as College Board and WCPSS work collectively to resolve AP testing. Please utilize the practice websites available above. Contact Dean Poole, if you have additional questions. 


    Advanced Placement 

    AP 2020-21: Resources, Test Dates, and more...

    The Advanced Placement (AP) Program offers students the opportunity to engage in rigorous college-level course work in a high school setting. AP courses support students in cultivating important skills and habits of mind that are essential for college and career readiness. Additionally, students may receive higher consideration for admission to colleges and universities, as well as possible college or university course credit and/or placement.

    The 2021 AP Exams will be administered over two weeks in May:

    • May 3–7 and
    • May 10–14

    2021 AP Exam Schedule

    Week 1

    Morning 8 a.m.
    Local Time

    Afternoon 12 noon
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    2 p.m.
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    Monday, May 3, 2021

    United States Government and Politics

    Physics C: Mechanics

    Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

    Calculus AB


    Calculus BC

    German Language and Culture


    Human Geography


    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

    English Literature and Composition

    Japanese Language and Culture


    Physics 1: Algebra-Based


    Thursday, May 6, 2021

    United States History

    Art History


    Computer Science A


    Friday, May 7, 2021



    Spanish Literature and Culture

    European History


    Physics 2: Algebra-Based


    Art and Design—AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and Drawing: Last day for coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8 p.m. ET) and to gather 2-D Art and Design and Drawing students for physical portfolio assembly.

    Teachers should have forwarded students’ completed digital portfolios to coordinators before this date.

    Week 2

    Morning 8 a.m.
    Local Time

    Afternoon 12 noon
    Local Time

    Monday, May 10, 2021

    French Language and Culture


    World History: Modern


    May 11, 2021



    Spanish Language and Culture




    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    English Language and Composition



    Music Theory

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

    Comparative Government and Politics


    Computer Science Principles


    Friday, May 14, 2021



    Italian Language and Culture

    Chinese Language and Culture


    Environmental Science

    Please note:

    • Coordinator,Ms. Poole, Dean of Student Services, is responsible for notifying students when and where to report for the exams, please check testing calendars or with your AP teacher(s). Early testing or testing at times other than those published by the College Board is not permitted under any circumstances.
    • AP Seminar end-of-course exams are only available to students at schools participating in the AP Capstone Diploma program. For questions contact Student Services at 919-856-2800 option #1.
    • The late registration fee and the non-testing fee is $40.00. 

    Late Testing

    Occasionally, circumstances make it necessary for students to test late. To preserve the security of AP Exams, alternate forms are used for late testing. All students who participate in late testing at a given school must take these alternate exams on the scheduled late-testing dates at the scheduled times. See Late-Testing Policies for full details.

    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.

    Why should I take an AP class? 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 will not be adversely affected. However, it is not advised to take numerous AP courses without serious consideration and teacher recommendations. Doing poorly in an AP course will affect your GPA.

    How much does it cost to take an AP course?

    There are no charges for taking an AP course at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School. However, if you elect to take the examination in the spring, the fee is approximately $75 per exam. Students may qualify for financial assistance from The College Board if necessary. Please see your school counselor to see if you qualify.

    If I take an AP course, do I have to take the exam?
    Yes at SRMHS. We recommend students take the AP exam. However, if you do poorly on the exam, your score will not adversely affect your chances of college admittance (but doing poorly in the course will.)You do not have to report your score to colleges but taking the AP exam scores gives the schools and the  county planning a baseline of performance scores for planning and instructional best practices.