Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams: Information updated September 1, 2020

The AP exam coordinator is Mrs. Bafus (bafusr@msd281.org); her office is in the Career Center (Room 125A).


Why AP?:  Students who desire rigorous coursework and want the chance to earn college credit through an AP exam may want to take an AP course and/or exam.   College credit earned through an AP exam is different for each university.  One university may require an exam score of 4 while another might require a 5.  Students will want to check with schools of interest to investigate further or use the AP Credit Policy Search.

College credit may also be earned through dual credit courses at universities. Each universities registrar's office has a dual credit equivalency web page that will tell you if they accept the credit from the university where you are taking the dual credit course work.  For example, you can search "WSU transfer credit equivalency" to check.  If your coursework will transfer then there would not be a need to take an AP exam in addition to the dual credit coursework.  


MHS AP teachers & AP Courses:
Dean Walker - Calculus AB
Bryce Gravel - Calculus AB
Pat Blount - Physics C: Mechanics and Computer Science A
Rachel Lyon - English Language & Composition
Mike Hightower - English Literature & Composition
Jessica Garcia - Spanish Language & Culture 


Exam only students:   MHS students may participate in AP exams as "exam only" students which means they want to take an exam but are not enrolled in an AP course. Exam only students may be taking dual credit through a university or pursuing independent study. Exam only students at MHS took the following exams in the spring of 2020: AP Psychology, AP Micro Economics, AP Macro Economics, AP German Language & Culture, AP Calculus BC and AP Biology.

AP participation: The snip below shows the participation level at MHS last school year, 2019-20.

AP exam stats

Exam registration (deadline Friday November 6, 2020): Students will receive join codes from their teachers. Upon joining, students will automatically be registered for an AP exam. If you have joined but do NOT want to take an AP exam you will need to change the exam order indicator in your AP account to "NO" before the exam order deadline of November 13, 2020.  Teachers can do this for students as well as Mrs. Bafus.  Students who are not in an AP class but want to take an exam are called “exam only” students and can see Mrs. Bafus for a join code that they will use to register them for the exam.

Exam order (deadline Friday November 13, 2020):
Mrs. Bafus will submit the exam order to College Board on or before this date.

Late registration available through March 13, 2021:
If you register for an exam after November 13, 2020 deadline the fee is $40 per exam. 

Exam Cost: Exams are $95 and can be covered by a Student's Advanced Opportunities funding. Students will need to request funding for their exam(s); this will be coordinated through their classes unless they are an "exam only" student then see Mrs. Bafus in the Career Center for assistance.

Exam cancellation (free until March 12, 2021): If you do not want to test, but you have joined, you will need to change the exam indicator to “no” through your College Board AP account prior to March 12, 2021. Mrs. Bafus or your teachers can make this change, but it is your responsibility to let them know.

Testing occurs May 3 - 14, 2021 for each subject. Visit AP Central for the exam schedule.