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Advanced Placement

Incentives for public high schools to provide access to rigorous, college-level courses.

Program Description

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program was established over 40 years ago by the College Board, a national nonprofit organization. The AP Program consists of college-level courses in 31 subject areas.

The AP Program provides incentives for public high schools in California to provide access to rigorous, college-level courses for interested and prepared students. With such programs, students may pursue college-level work while still in secondary school and receive college credit, advanced academic standing, or both.

AP courses are recognized by virtually all public and private universities. Successful completion of AP courses, and the related tests, can greatly help students in the very competitive process of university admission.

AP/IB Test Fee Program

The state of California will use federal funds (subject to funding availability) to pay a portion of the AP and International Baccalaureate (IB) examination fee for income-eligible public school students. School districts must submit an annual electronic and hard copy request for application/reimbursement to CDE with a copy of their College Board AP invoice (State Copy) and/or IB Fee Summary every June (reimbursement occurs through the College Board's invoice). We encourage AP coordinators to join our AP/IB Test Fee Program Listserv to receive updated information on this process (see link below).

Questions:   College Preparation and Postsecondary Programs Office | apibtestfee@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-6398
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