AP Exam Updates!

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 11:45am

A Guide to AP Exams

Dear Parents,

Thank you for supporting your child through the AP course experience.  In 2019, nearly 600 Marriotts Ridge students took over 1,400 AP exams – that equates to roughly 80% of students enrolled in an AP course taking at least one exam.  If your child plans to take the end-of-course exam, please take note of the following important information.

AP Exam Registration:


1. Register in Naviance


1) Sign into Naviance using your student log in.

2) Click on the “About Me” tab near the top right of the homepage.

3) Choose “My Surveys” and then “Surveys not started”. 

4) Open “2020 AP Exam Registration & Fee Waiver Request”.

5) Complete the survey.

6) When it is completed, choose “Save and I am Finished”.

7) On the left-hand side of the screen, click on “Survey History”. Your survey responses should appear.

8) Print the completed survey. Have parent/guardian sign at Questions 10 & 12.

9) Pay for the exam. Use the online payment system on mrhs.hcpss.org until 11/8 OR write a check to MRHS for your total amount.


Students should deliver their completed Registration Form with their check or proof of online payment to the AP registrations box in the Student Services office. (On Mrs. Leaf’s desk)


2. Register in MyAP Portal


1) Go to www.collegeboard.org and log in with your College Board username and password.

2) Under the large blue rectangular bar that says “Hi, ____” choose AP (second box from left with thin blue line on top.

3) On the new dashboard page, scroll down and click on the bright yellow tab that says “Join a Course or Exam”

4) Place your cursor on the six lines in the inset box, click, and type in your Join Code then click on “Submit” (Each class has a different Join Code)

5) Verify the school name, teacher name, and class period then click “Yes”

6) Complete personal information if asked and click “Save”

7) Close the inset box and the course should appear in a list on your Dashboard. 

8) Under the section with the enrolled course, click on the bright yellow rectangle that says “Register for Exam”

9) To take the exam, click on “Confirm Registration” (left side of inset box) and then click on the bright yellow rectangle that says “Confirm”

10) Under the course area on your dashboard, in the “Exam Day” section the date and time of the exam will appear if you are registered to take the exam. 


***College Board will NOT order an exam for you unless step #2 is completed in the registration process. 


***The AP Coordinator will NOT verify your exam registration with College Board unless payment is made for the exam by November 15th at 2:30 pm. (step #1)


College Board now requires students to register for exams in October. Registration is a two-step process. 

  1. Students must use the College Board MyAP Portal to elect the exams they wish to take. They will access the portal using their College Board account and a join code provided by the AP teacher. Parents must “opt in” to allow students to use the Portal. Teachers will provide “opt in” forms to all their AP students. (The “opt in” form can be found here.)
  2. Next, students will use their Naviance/Family Connections account to complete the registration process and pay for the exam(s). This is a county process, and registration is only open to student accounts. Students must complete both steps in order to register.  They will receive detailed instructions soon.

The cost is $94/exam. Payment must be made at the time of registration. After students select their exams in the MyAP Portal and submit the online Naviance registration, they are asked to submit a printed copy of the Naviance form along with proof of payment (check, or print-out of online credit card payment) to Mrs. Scott.

Student Registration

Exam ordered by Nov. 1


College Board Late Registration

Exams ordered between Nov. 16 – Mar. 13

$94 + $40 fee

Unused/Cancelled Exam

Exam that is canceled or not taken by the student

$40 fee

*Refund before Feb 8th for on time registration - $54

If you elect to register after November 1st, there is no guarantee your registration can be processed in time to avoid fees. Please register by November 1st. 


  • There is no discount for multiple exams.

  • Students who are self-studying or in Virtual AP courses must follow the same deadlines, but need to see Mrs. Lisa Scott to acquire the join code for registration. Mrs. Scott is in the Testing Office next to room 249.

  • Fee waivers are available for students who meet certain financial need criteria.  Details will be available in Naviance.

  • Exams are held off-site at St. Michael Poplar Springs (1125 St. Michaels Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771). Students must provide their own transportation to and from the exam, so please plan accordingly. Exams are generally 4 hours, and begin at 8am or 12pm (with students arriving 30 minutes prior). The schedule of exams can be found at: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees

  • Students who can receive accommodations for disabilities must have approval from College Board to receive accommodations during AP exams.  Work with your counselor prior to February to ensure this. If a student has approved accommodations, they will/ should sync in the new AP Portal.

  • Additional information will be posted on the Marriotts Ridge homepage, Naviance Homepage, and shared through teachers.

  • Parents are also invited to attend county meetings to learn more about the process.


If you have course-specific questions, please speak with your child’s teacher.  If you have questions about any of the information on this handout, please reach out to the AP Coordinator:

Lisa Scott  – lisa_scott@hcpss.org – 410-313-5568

    Mrs. Scott can be found in the Testing Office, next to room 249.