Important Changes: 2014-15
AP Program Updates for 2015
Exam Fees for 2014
The fee is now $91 per exam in the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada. The fee is now $121 per exam at schools outside the U.S., U.S. territories, and Canada (with the exception of DoDDS schools). The per-exam rebate that schools can retain to offset exam administration costs has increased from $8 to $9. The exam fee varies for College Board–authorized testing centers outside the United States.
New AP Studio Art Resource
Early this year, AP Studio Art teachers and students will receive a new publication that replaces the poster. This new brochure details the portfolio requirements for the three AP Studio Art courses and offers students guidance for planning their work and recording their progress.
Redesigned AP Courses and Exams
Redesigned courses and exams in Physics B (being replaced by two new courses, Physics 1 and Physics 2) and U.S. History launch this year. Visit AP Central for important information and resources for these courses.
Physics 1: Algebra-Based
This course is equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.
Physics 2: Algebra-Based
This course is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.
Beginning with the 2015 exam, students are required to apply historical thinking skills and knowledge of content as they respond, in writing, to new short-answer, document-based, and essay questions. Newly designed multiple-choice questions ask students to use their knowledge of content to analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
Computer Science A
Starting in the 2014–15 school year, the GridWorld case study will be replaced by a required lab component consisting of a minimum of 20 hours of hands-on lab experiences. Three new AP Computer Science A labs are available through teachers’ AP Course Audit accounts as exemplars to support the implementation of at least 20 hours of hands-on lab work in the classroom. For more information, visit the AP Computer Science A Course Home Page.
This fall, the AP Seminar course will launch at more than 135 schools worldwide as part of the new AP Capstone program. For more information, visit AP Seminar and AP Capstone.
Visit Advances in AP for information about redesigned courses and exams in Art History and European History, which launch in 2015–16.