• Frequently Asked Questions about AP Exam Registration

    How do I register for an AP Exam?
    Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, there is a two-part process to register for AP exams. Part 1 involves the student logging into their My AP account to confirm registration for the exam. Part 2 is the payment process. Century High School utilizes Total Registration to collect student payments. Students need to create an account if they have not previously done so, or log in to an existing Total Registration account. Students can pay for all exams online.

    What is Total Registration and why does Century use it for AP Exam registration?
    Total Registration is a company that provides exam registration and payment services to high schools throughout the country. Total Registration helps improve order accuracy and registration efficiency for involved staff at the school.

    Do I register for each exam separately or can I place one order for all of my exams?
    You can place one order for all of your exams. If you register for exams on separate orders, you will have to pay the $1.75 administrative fee for each order.

    What is the cost of the exam?
    The base fee that Advanced Placement charges for AP Exams this year is $94.00. Century High School charges a $3.00 fee per exam that covers the costs of exam administration at our school, and Total Registration charges a $1.75 administrative fee per order for its services. This brings the total cost per exam to $97 plus $1.75 tacked on to the total cost of each order. 

    What is the state subsidy and how can I use it to waive my exam fees?
    The state subsidizes AP Exam fees in the areas of Math, Science, and English. Covered AP Exams include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, Statistics, English Language & Composition, and English Literature & Composition.

    The waiver is calculated using the base exam fee that Advanced Placement charges students. Thus the full waiver is equal to $94 off an exam. The half waiver is equal to $47 off an exam. Students can receive 4 total waivers over the course of their high school career. The first waiver is a full waiver, and the following three are half waivers.

    (Ex: A sophomore takes the AP Biology exam and receives the full waiver. The total cost of that exam is $97 plus a $1.75 fee for the entire order. If the full waiver takes $94 off the cost of the exam, then the student has to pay $4.75 for his/her first order. The next year the same student takes exams in AP Psychology, AP Calculus AB, and AP Chemistry. This student pays the full price for AP Psychology as it is not an exam waived by the state subsidy. The student receives half waivers for both AP Calculus AB and AP Chemistry, taking $47 off the cost of each exam. In total, the student pays $97 for AP Psychology, $50 for AP Calculus AB, and $50 for AP Chemistry. There is a $1.75 fee added onto the entire order for a total of $198.75.)

    How do I apply for the waiver?
    You must answer YES to the question “WAIVER ELIGIBILITY: Will you be taking any AP Exams in Math, Science, English, or Computer Science this year?” When you answer yes, you will be placed in a queue where Mrs. Sailer will approve/deny requests based on whether the selected exam is eligible for the waiver. She will then need to manually enter the waiver amount for each of the exams requested. This process can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the number of people in the queue.

    What are the fees for a student on free or reduced lunch?
    Advanced Placement reduces the cost of the exam to $53 for students who are part of the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program. That fee applies to exams in Studio Art, Psychology, United States Government & Politics, and United States History.

    For those taking exams in the areas covered by the state subsidy (math, science, and English; see questions above) students can receive 5 free exams.

    How do I pay for my exam(s)?
    If you are not requesting any of the waivers identified above, you can plan to pay online right away. Paying online by credit or debit card is the preferred method of payment. However, if this is not feasible for you, you can bring your check or cash payment to the counseling office. 

    If you have requested the state subsidy waiver or the free/reduced lunch waiver, you will need to wait for waiver approval in order to calculate your final amount due. This may take up to a few days depending on the number of people in the approval queue. Once your request has been evaluated, you will see your final bill on your Total Registration account. 

    If I have further questions about AP Exam registration, who can I talk to?
    Mrs. Sailer is the AP Coordinator at Century, and she would be happy to assist with any other questions you have. She can be reached by email at courtney_sailer@bismarckschools.org or by phone at 701-323-4902.


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