Important Changes: 2012-13
AP Program Updates for 2013
Exam Fees for 2013
The fee is now $89 per exam in the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada. However, the fee remains $117 per exam at schools outside the U.S., U.S. territories and Canada (with the exception of DoDDS schools). The fee varies for College Board–authorized testing centers outside the United States.
Free Practice Exams
In early fall, AP published new practice exams in 14 AP subjects. These are complete versions of the exams which were administered internationally in 2012 and feature a multiple-choice answer key, free-response scoring guidelines, and a scoring worksheet. The practice exams will be posted in a secure location only accessible by Course Audit-authorized teachers.
AP Teacher Communities
All AP subjects will have a dedicated online AP Teacher Community by Fall 2012.
Teacher Communities are a powerful new resource for teachers to collaborate, learn, and share resources. The communities feature threaded discussions, forums organized by topic, a searchable resource library, a member directory, and the ability to personalize how you receive updates from the community. Visit the AP Teacher Community and take a tour.
Online Score Reporting for Students
AP is working on a new online score reporting system for students, where they will be able to view, print and download their AP score reports and order and pay for score sends. We hope to launch this online service in the summer of 2013. Updates will be sent to educators and posted on collegeboard.org this fall.
2012-13 Bulletin for AP Students and Parents
The 2012-13 Bulletin for AP Students and Parents will be shipped to AP Coordinators as a separate mailing. It will not be included with the shipment containing the AP Coordinator's Manual and other materials.
Course and Exam Changes
Revised AP Courses and Exams
Revised courses and exams in Biology, Latin, and Spanish Literature and Culture launch this year. Visit AP Central® for important information and resources for these courses. Visit Advances in AP for information about revised courses and exams in Chemistry as well as Spanish Language and Culture, which launch in 2013-14.
Beginning with the 2013 exam, students will be allowed to use four-function (with square root) calculators throughout the entire exam since both sections of the exam will contain questions that require data manipulation. Graphing calculators and scientific calculators are not permitted for use on the AP Biology Exam.
Spanish Literature and Culture
Beginning with the 2013 exam, Section I, Part A, will include a master listening CD. Students will listen to the recorded material on the master listening CD and, after each selection, will be asked to answer a series of multiple-choice questions.