Taking more than six AP Exams?

January 11, 2019

As part of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) FY 2018 Approved Budget, FCPS adopted new fees for high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. These fees remain in effect for the 2018-2019 school year. Complete information can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/activityandtestfees

AP  Test Fees

  • The fees for the first six AP tests taken by each student for courses in which they are also enrolled for high school credit or are auditing will be paid by FCPS. The number of AP tests is cumulative over a student’s academic career in FCPS and this year’s count will include all previously funded exams.  AP tests taken outside of FCPS are not included in the cumulative count.
  • Students who choose to take one or more AP tests beyond the six FCPS-funded tests will be charged a fee of $93 per AP test.
  • Students taking one or more AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding course will be responsible for the test fee(s) and these test(s) will not count towards their six FCPS-funded tests.
  • Opt-outs and course drops after February 1, 2019, and/or exam day no-shows:
    • Will be charged $15 each for the FCPS-funded tests.
    • Will be charged $93 each if beyond the six FCPS-funded tests.

Fee Payment

  • AP test fees will be billed in April 2019
  • Parents/guardians can pay fees online using a debit or credit card or electronic check through MySchoolBucks (http://www.myschoolbucks.com).
  • Students who qualify for the free and reduced-price meals program and have submitted the consent to share their free and reduced-price status will not be charged for these fees.
  • Students and families who are undergoing economic hardships and are financially unable to pay the student fees may be eligible for assistance per Regulation 2135, Assistance to Students, and must contact Kevin McMahon (kjmcmahon@fcps.edu) by February 1, 2019.

Opting Out

While FCPS encourages all students to take AP/IB tests for courses in which they are enrolled, students will have the opportunity to opt out of the test(s) using a form sent home on the back of the letter and according to the process below.

  • By Wednesday, January 16, 2019, students will be provided with the opt-out form via mail and a report of their current and cumulative AP/IB test history to assist in the decision-making process.
  • Completed opt-out forms must be returned to Kevin McMahon in Student Services NO LATER THAN 3:00pm on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019. Classroom teachers cannot collect the forms.
  • Students who do not return a signed opt-out form by February 1, 2019 will be registered for all AP/IB tests associated with current courses and will be charged fees as outlined above.

Please contact Adriana Meeks (ammeeks@fcps.edu), AP Coordinator, if you have additional questions.