AP/College in School
Eden Prairie High School offers numerous Advanced Placement and College in the Schools courses. Students taking these courses may be eligible to receive college credit.
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is an opportunity for high school students to pursue and receive credit for college-level course work while in high school. The AP Program, sponsored by the College Board, is based on the premise that college-level material can be taught successfully to able and well-prepared secondary school students. The College Board offers 31 exams in a wide variety of areas each spring.
At EPHS, students may take any of the 31 exams for which they feel that they are qualified (and whether or not they have taken the accompanying course).
Advanced Placement (AP) tests are administered in May. A qualifying score on any AP test may enable a student to receive college credit, meet prerequisite requirements or both, depending on the college or university.
AP Exam Registration begins in mid- February, and runs through mid-March.
College in the Schools
The College in the Schools (CIS) program delivers introductory-level University of Minnesota credit courses to advanced juniors and seniors. CIS courses are taught at EPHS during the regular school day.
Why Take the Optional Advanced Placement Exams?
- Most colleges will confer credits for the subject area and waive requirements, depending on the exam score received. AP scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score. See online at https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement/search-credit-policies for specific college thresholds for AP credit.
- Admissions counselors like to see AP exam scores. Even a low score indicates your willingness to seek out challenge; however, you will have the option to cancel your score at any time, even after you receive the score.
- Students are recognized as AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, AP Scholar with Distinction, or National AP Scholar each year – another admissions plus!
- AP Scholar – score of 3+ on 3+ exams
- AP Scholar with Honor – score of 3+ on 4+ exams and average of 3.25+ on all exams taken
- AP Scholar with Distinction – score of 3+ on 5+ exams and average of 3.5+ on all exams taken
- National AP Scholar – score of 4+ on 8+ exams and average of 4+ on all exams taken.
- There is little risk to taking AP exams. You have already done the hard part by taking the corresponding AP course. With regular review of the material between now and the exam (approximately 1 hour per week) and by taking some practice tests, you will likely perform well on the AP exam. A limited number of review books are available in the EPHS Media Center.
Exam dates: May 6-17, 2019. Morning exams at EPHS begin early, at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately 12:00 noon. Afternoon exams begin at 12:00 noon and conclude late, at approximately 4:30 p.m. You are responsible for transportation beyond normal school hours. The College Board website has information about Advanced Placement exams in general and the calendar dates for each exam this year at www.collegeboard.org.
Exam fees: $70 per exam (full cost is $110 per exam; the state provides a subsidy for $40 of the $94 College Board AP exam fee; EPHS charges an additional fee to cover expenses for proctoring, student review sessions, table and chair rental, and AP scholar recognition). Exam fees are refundable until April 12.
Registration for AP exams: Online at the EPHS website beginning February 19 and ending March 22 – see link on the EPHS home page (in “Features”) at http://ephs.edenpr.org/ in early February. (Alternatively, you may go to our secure vendor website directly to register for the AP exams: https://user.totalregistration.net/register/user.totalregistration.net/AP/241150.)
From March 23 until April 12, significant late fees will apply. No more registration will be allowed after April 12. (Note: EPHS will not be offering the AP Japanese or Music Theory exams this year.)
Late exams: If you have scheduling problems for an AP exam or you miss your scheduled exam, contact Mr. Rollin in Student Center South as soon as possible. A late exam may be available May 22 - 24 under very limited circumstances. Significant additional fees may apply. If you are sick on exam day, contact Mr. Rollin immediately if you wish to schedule a late exam.
Testing Accommodations (e.g., extra time required, Braille test): Students with IEP plans should see their case manager very soon to discuss the possibility of testing accommodations for AP exams. Students with 504 plans should see their counselor very soon to discuss the possibility of testing accommodations for AP exams. Students must submit testing accommodations requests to Mr. Rollin as soon as possible, but no later than February 15.
Needs-based Scholarships: If you will be requesting a needs-based scholarship for AP exam fees, please contact Mr. Rollin after you register online.
Questions: If you have questions, please contact Mr. Rollin, EPHS Gifted and Talented Coordinator, in Student Center South (952-975-8049; email@example.com).