Frequently Asked Questions

Advanced Placement (AP) Excused Absence

The permission form must be turned in directly to Mrs. Schultz (Attendance Office) by April 26th for an excused absence. The form will NOT be collected in the testing rooms and will not be collected during the weeks of the AP examination. No calls or notes will be accepted during the two weeks of the AP tests and the absence will be unexcused.

When do AP exams take place? AP exams begin on Monday May 4, 2020 and will conclude on Friday May 15, 2020.  The link to the AP Exam schedule can be found here.

What fees, if any, am I responsible for? As part of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) FY 2019 Approved Budget, FCPS has adopted new fees for Advanced Placement (AP) high school students.

The fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken by each student for courses in which they are also enrolled for high school credit will be paid by FCPS. The number of AP/IB tests is cumulative over a student’s academic career in FCPS, and this school year’s count will include all previously funded tests. AP/IB tests taken outside of FCPS are not included in the cumulative count. 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.

Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, the College Board is launching MyAP, a digital platform which includes new AP test ordering timeline, fee structure and instructional resources.  As a result, FCPS had to adjust the AP Test Opt-Out timeline and fees.  AP students must now make Opt-out decisions for AP tests in October 2019 and parents will be billed in December 2019 for tests that exceed the six FCPS funded tests.  Per College Board’s new fee structure, AP students that do not sit for a registered AP test after November 15th 2019 for reasons that include forgetting to opt-out, dropping an AP course, not sitting for the test on exam day etc., will be assessed a$40.00 change fee.

Because of this new policy, FCPS has offered the option for AP students to opt out of taking AP exams.  A opt out letter highlighting student specific test information will be distributed at the end of September 2019.  If your student did not receive an Opt out form or letter, please contact Student Services.

Important information:

*FCPS will pay for 6 AP exams TOTAL (this includes tests previously taken). Any additional exams will cost $94 per test. For example: If your student took 1 AP as a Freshmen, 2 AP’s as a Sophomore, 3 AP’s as a Junior, and is now enrolled in 4 AP’s during the senior year, the county will charge your student for all 4 AP courses taken this year. 

* FCPS will bill families for any testing fees in December.  Families will need to create a My School Bucks Account and submit payment that way. * Langley High School, as well as FCPS, hopes that all students will sit for exams in which they are enrolled to demonstrate the hard work they put forth throughout the course. All students in an AP course will receive the 1.0 weight to their GPA.  They do NOT need to sit for the exam to get the weight.

Where can I find more information regarding the new FCPS policy regarding test fees? More information regarding this policy as well as FAQ’s can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/testfees and in the Langley AP Letter

What do I need to do to make sure that I am registered for my AP exams? Students are automatically registered for an AP exam by the virtue of their enrollment in the AP course.  This includes any online courses taken through FCPS.  If you do not plan to sit for the exam in which you are enrolled, you must submit the Opt out form by early October.

How do I apply for College Board accommodations? Students who have an IEP or 504 plan do not automatically have College Board accommodations.  The deadline for eligible students to apply for accommodations for the May 2019 Advanced Placement (AP) exams is Fri, Feb 22.  Please contact Pam Jelinek, SSD Coordinator, at pgjelinek@fcps.edu to obtain the necessary forms.

What do I do if I have two AP exams at the exact same time?  Does one exam have priority over the other? If you are scheduled to take 2 exams on the same day AND at the same time please contact Mrs. Baldesare (jlbaldesare@fcps.edu) as soon as possible in order to discuss which exam has been assigned for the late test window.  Late testing window will be May 20th thru the 22nd.   If you have 2 exams on the same day but NOT at the same time, students are expected to take both exams.  

What do I need to do prior to my AP exam?  Pre-register.  There will be several opportunities for students to pre-register for their exams in early April.  We will do this through AP Government (Seniors) AP English Language (Juniors) and AP World History (Sophomores). For students not enrolled in the above classes, we will holding several Saxon Time Sessions in the cafeteria.  Please listen to the daily announcements for more information. 

What should I bring on exam day? Students need to come prepared with wooden number 2 Pencils (no mechanical pencils), a good eraser, and pens with black or dark blue ink to every exam they take. A watch is suggested (in case the exam room clock cannot be easily seen) Please make sure the watch does not beep.  Calculators are allowed only for some or all parts of AP Exams in these subjects: Biology, Calculus (AB/BC), Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, and Statistics.  Calculators are NOT allowed for any other AP Exams.  Students may bring up to two permitted calculators to the exam.  Graphing calculators must be on the approved calculator list.  See your teacher to confirm that you are using an approved calculator.  A ruler or straightedge if you are taking an AP Physics exam.

What time do AP exams start? Students need to report to their testing locations at 8:15 am for morning exams and 12:15 for afternoon exams.  It is suggested that students allow for enough time to make it to the testing locations well before the posted times. Please note that most exams are 3+ hours in length which do not take into account instructions, breaks, and handing out/collecting of materials.  If you are taking an afternoon exam, chances are students will not be finished before the end of the school day to catch the bus.  Bus riders need to make arrangements for rides on the day of afternoon exams.

Where do I report on exam day? AP teachers will be notified in advance of the exam sites and share this information with their students.  Most testing locations will consist of the Aux Gym, Library, and Lecture Hall.

May I leave school after my AP exam is over? Langley High School expects students to be present in class when not taking an AP Exam, but recognized that students may not be able to focus on their classes just prior to or after an exam.  The following rules will be in effect for AP exams:  Students wishing to leave after a morning exam or arrive later in the day for an afternoon exam must fill out the AP Excused Absence Form.  This form is an excuse form for any and all AP exams. Excuse forms must be turned to Mrs. Schultz in the attendance office no later than April 24. Forms will not be accepted after this date. No passes will be issued through the attendance office and phone calls, emails, and faxes will not be accepted during the testing weeks. 

What do I do if I’m sick on the exam day? Parents must contact Mrs.  Baldesare if the student is ill on exam day and must be done before the start of the exam.  The College Board allows late testing only for serious illness and documentation from a non-related physician will be required. 

What if I am late to my AP exam? College Board has strict guidelines as it relates to students who arrive late.  If students arrive after instructions have been given and the exam materials have been unsealed, students may not be able to sit for the exam.  Mrs. Baldesare will be in touch to see if a late test could be administered.

Can I bring my cell phone, backpack, snacks, with me to my AP exam?  Under no circumstances will cell phones, PDA’s, MP3 players, pagers, smart watches, or any other electronic or communication device will be allowed in the testing room.  These should be left at home, in teacher classrooms, or in cars. Any device brought into the test site will be taken from students and given to the main office.  We assume no responsibility for the security of these devices.  The use of or mere presence of these devices during the exam or at break may result in invalidation of the entire exam room in accordance with College Board Guidelines. Backpacks and purses are not allowed to be brought into the testing room.  If backpacks need to be brought students are encouraged to leave them with their AP Teacher or in the car. We assume no responsibility for belonging left outside of the test sites.  Please DO NOT bring any valuables.   Water and snacks may be brought for consumption during the break.  Only clear water bottles with labels removed and snacks in clear plastic bags will be allowed.  

When and how do I find out my AP exam scores? Students will receive their AP Exam scores online at apscore.org.  They will need a College Board account to access their scores and should create/confirm their username and password as soon as possible.  They will also be able to use their FCPS student ID number to check scores online. In addition, when students fill out their AP answer sheets, it is important that they do so carefully and consistently each year. 

Who do I contact if I still have questions? AP teachers are a great resource regarding questions regarding their specific AP Exams.  All other questions can be directed to Jennifer Baldesare School Counselor and AP Test Coordinator.

Jlbaldesare@fcps.edu  703-287-2734