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FAQs for Students and Families about AP Testing at South

Is taking an AP test required?
Not in most courses, but there are significant long-term advantages to preparing for and taking at least one AP test while in high school.  For example, a 2008 longitudinal study demonstrated that AP students had better graduation rates than those who did not take AP.  AP English Literature students who took the course AND the examination had a 62% higher college graduation rate than those who did not.

What tests should I take?
It is a good idea to take examinations in the subjects that you like most, know well, or want to study seriously in college. It is also wise not to schedule too many examinations the same year.

What colleges and universities actually give credit for AP scores?
In fact, more than 3,200 US colleges and universities offer credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying AP scores.  AP courses and qualifying exam grades also increase eligibility for and scholarships, especially at selective schools in the US and Canada.

Where do I sign up?
You can access the Total Registration (TR) link on the South website:  2018 registration is open through February 28.   All payments are due by the deadline.  No exceptions.

How do I pay?
You pay through Total Registration with a credit or debit card.  Tests are $55 each (including a processing fee from Total Registration), or free if you qualify for free or reduced lunch.  No money is collected at South High School.  The actual cost of the test is $95, but the fee at South is subsidized by the State of MN.  It is important that you only register for tests that you sincerely intend to take, because South is charged $15 for each test not taken that has to be returned.

What tests are being offered?
Examinations are only offered in the AP subjects taught at South:

  • Chemistry
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Physics 1 (Algebra-Based)
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • United States History
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Biology, 
  • Calculus AB and BC (jointly)
  • English Language and Composition
  • Statistics
  • Human Geography        


*Deadlines for additional performance assessments, separate from examination administrations:

Portfolio submissions for Computer Science Principles are due to Instructor by April 30

Portfolio submissions for Studio Art due to Instructor by May 4

When are these tests scheduled?
See full exam listing for testing times and locations at South High.

Can I get a refund if I pay and have to cancel?
You must cancel a registration by the deadline (February 28, 2018) for a refund.  After that, there are no refunds. 

What about “late” testing?
“Late” AP exams are only provided in emergency situations and only with sufficient documentation of need, such as a genuine medical emergency. Family vacations and college touring are not considered legitimate reasons for late testing. A late fee of $45 will be charged to all students requiring a late test administration.

Online copies of the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents can be accessed at: (English) (Spanish)