It’s the fall of 2019, and parents of CFISD high school students are receiving the daily phone calls to register for the AP exam. So, let’s break down the AP thing from A to P. See what I did there?
What is AP?
AP stands for Advanced Placement. Advanced Placement classes are college-level courses offered in high school that come with added benefits. Students complete the AP course and then sit for an AP exam in the first two weeks in May. Taking AP classes and doing well on the exam can allow students to:
- Show colleges you can handle the academic rigor of a college course.
- Earn college credit, saving the family money on tuition in the future.
- Secure higher placement in college, allowing students to skip introductory classes.
So, what’s new in 2019?
College Board rolled out new resources for the 2019-2020 year.1 AP students now join an AP Classroom with online support and tools to help them stay on track. These include checkpoints, practice problems, and a personalized timeline.
Why all the phone calls from the school?
Students sign up and pay for the exam in the fall. The idea is that if students commit to taking the test early, they will put forth more effort in the class. It is essential to go online to pay for the AP exam by November 1, 2019, to avoid a late fee. Visit your school’s website to find the link to pay. If you do not want to take the AP Exam, you need to opt-out before the deadline. Students can take an AP exam even if they are not in the AP class. If you would like to do this, you need to visit your counselor before November 1, 2019.
Is AP right for me?
AP courses come with great benefits, but it is vital to make sure it is the right choice for your student. To earn college credit, the student must do well on the exam. Colleges vary on which scores they accept. The road to college is a personal decision and is different for each student.
Class 101 Cypress students have a dedicated college planner to help them navigate which path is right for their future goals. Reach out to us today!
Retrieved from 1https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/ap-2019.
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