Spring 2021 AP Exams
Advanced Placement (AP) courses offer college-level curriculum to high school students. ETHS offers AP courses that are connected directly to a wide variety of college majors and careers. Most colleges and universities in the U.S. offer college credit, placement out of introductory courses, or both, for qualifying AP exam scores. Illinois law requires public colleges and universities in Illinois to grant college course credit for AP exams with a score of 3 or higher.
Every student is expected to take the AP exam in May. Taking AP is a sign that a student has chosen the most rigorous classes ETHS has to offer. AP exams are given at ETHS over a two-week period in May. ETHS students who complete an AP course receive a 1.0 point increase to their grade.
AP Course Fee & Fee Payment
The fee associated with each AP course includes proprietary online resources from the College Board and exam registration. The course fee is $95 per course or $15.00 per course if you qualify for the Free/Reduced Price Meal Program. Students who are enrolled in an AP course at ETHS will be automatically registered to take the related AP exam offered by College Board. AP exam fees are part of the student account.
To make a payment online, visit the ETHS Webstore and choose Student Fees & Obligations. To make a payment in person using cash, credit/debit card, certified check, or money order, visit the Student Accounts Office (H110) during regular school hours.
AP Exam Registration & Fee Payment – Exam Only Option
Students who want to take an AP exam for a course they are either not enrolled in or that is not offered at ETHS (i.e. World History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, etc.) can register and pay to take the exam by completing the following steps by November 6, 2020.
- Fill out the AP Exam Registration Form. Students can access this form by contacting the Department Chair who oversees the related AP course.
- After completing the AP Exam Registration Form, the Student Accounts office will bill the student's account for each AP exam fee.
- AP Exam Registration forms must be completed by November 6, 2020 in order to finalize the registration and secure an AP exam order.
AP Course Fee Assistance
Students with financial need should check with the ETHS Testing Coordinator in room N110 to learn more about eligibility requirements for College Board fee reductions, state and district subsidies, and other support that may be available.
AP Course Fee Refunds
Students who drop an AP class on or before January 8, 2021 will receive a full refund for the AP course. No refunds will be made for courses dropped after January 8, 2021 or for failure to take an AP exam. For Spring 2021 only, students who chose not to take their AP exam will receive a full refund for any fees that have been paid. Refunds for any exam not taken will be posted by the Student Accounts Office in July after the entire AP exam window is over.
Alternative Late Testing
For the Spring 2021 exams, College Board is providing a third test window in June to accommodate any students who are unable to sit for the May test administrations due to health-related reasons. For more details about these dates please visit College Board’s website at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/exam-calendar#administration3. Due to this year’s unusual circumstances, the unused/canceled exam fee won’t be applied this year.
More information and details on exam day and what to expect can be found in the College Board’s AP Student page.