Advanced Placement (AP) Frequently Asked Questions
- What are AP courses?
- What AP courses are offered at GPHS?
- What are the advantages of taking an AP course?
- Do I receive college credit if I take the AP course?
- Are AP courses weighted?
- What is the AP course workload?
- How many AP classes may I take?
- If I take an AP class, do I have to take the exam?
- When are the AP exams?
- How do I register for the exam?
- How do I pay for the exam?
- Can I take the exam if I'm not enrolled in the class?
- Can I take the AP exam for courses not offered at GPHS?
- How long are the AP exams?
- Where can I find out more about AP courses and tests?
- How do I enroll in an AP course?
1. What are AP courses?
Advanced Placement high school courses are comparable to freshman introductory college courses.
2. What AP courses are offered at GPHS?
Grants Pass High School offers 16 AP courses in a variety of subjects: Biology, Calculus AB/BC, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, Computer Science A, English Language, English Literature, European History, Government/Politics, Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Psychology, Statistics, Studio Art, and US History.
3. What are the advantages of taking an AP course?
All AP classes are full year courses that cover material of an introductory college semester course allowing more opportunity for understanding concepts in greater depth and detail. The courses prepare students for college academics and many lead to college credit, advanced placement or both. Course credits granted for scores on AP exams vary from college to college, so students should contact the college websites for the AP credit policies at each school they are considering. AP courses at GPHS are weighted on a 5-point scale, starting with the graduating class of 2020.
4. Do I receive college credit if I take the AP course?
Course credits granted for scores on AP exams are accepted at most colleges and universities in the US, plus 60 colleges/universities abroad, so students should contact the college for the AP credit policies at each school they are considering.
5. Are AP courses weighted?
AP courses at Grants Pass High School High School are weighted on a 5-point scale, starting with the graduating class of 2020.
6. What is the AP course workload?
Expect about two hours of homework each night or 10 hours per week per AP class. Students need to carefully consider their entire schedule, co-curricular activities, athletics, and outside of school activities when considering enrolling in AP courses. We recommend no more than 2-3 AP courses per year for most students. AP courses are year-long courses; only in extreme circumstances will a student be allowed to drop an AP course after the first semester.
7. How many AP classes may I take?
We recommend no more than two to three AP courses per year for most students. When deciding how many AP classes a student can comfortably handle, keep in mind extracurricular commitments to sports, performing arts, and work, along with the 10 hours of homework per week and per course.
8. If I take an AP class, do I have to take the exam?
Participation in the AP Exam administration in May is highly encouraged as part of the AP designation at Grants Pass High School. Scores earned on an AP exam are not included as part of the final grade in the AP course. Students are responsible to pay the AP exam fee.
Some colleges may grant more or different credit than our articulated classes at SOU/RCC, depending on your AP exam score. The class in itself is a great experience for an introductory level class in college, and the exams in May are great experiences for what college exams will feel like.
9. When are the AP exams?
An exam schedule is provided by The College Board with different exams given during morning and afternoon sessions over a two-week period in May. Here is the link to the AP calendar:
10. How do I register for the exam?
First week of class: Teachers will give students a join code for each of their AP classes. Students use their College Board username and password and join code to enroll in their class section. Students will sign up for their exams through their College Board account: apstudent.collegeboard.org.
11. How do I pay for the exam?
Each AP exam is $72. After signing up for their exam online, students will pay a nonrefundable deposit of $40 for each exam they plan to take by Nov. 7th. All deposits will be given to Ms. Lorenzen, the bookkeeper. Reamining balances are due by March 20, 2020.
There is a significant fee associated with all late registrations (after Nov. 7th) and any unused/canceled exams.
Fee waivers are available to any student seeking financial assistance. Please see Mrs. Rhodes for more information about fee waivers.
12. Can I take an AP exam if I’m not enrolled in the class?
AP exams may be taken without taking the course. If a student plans on taking an AP exam for a course they are not enrolled in at Grants Pass High School, email GPHS AP Coordinator, Kara Rhodes, before November 7th.
13. Can I take the AP exam for courses not offered at GPHS?
Yes. Contact the AP Coordinator, Kara Rhodes, before November 7th. Exams may be taken without taking the course. If a student plans on taking an exam for a course they are not enrolled in or is not offered at Grants Pass High School, please contact Mrs. Rhodes ASAP.
14. How long are the AP exams?
The total time for administration of the exams varies from 3 to 4.5 hours. The student arrival time for the morning exams is 7:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. for afternoon exams. Students may not be dismissed until an exam has officially ended. Afternoon exams end between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. If a student plays a sport or has a job, it is his/her responsibility to inform their coach or employer of the AP obligation and arrangements should be made accordingly.
15. Where can I find out more about AP courses and tests?
Students can find out more information on the College Board AP Website or by contacting their counselor.
16. How do I enroll in an AP course?
Students should consult with the teacher and/or counselor. Each department has developed a process for enrolling and/or applying to be in an AP course. Teacher recommendation and prerequisites are also part of the process. Signing up for classes usually happens as early as February or March.