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Advanced Placement Exams




***Please note that the process outlined below is for end-of-year AP Exams and is not related to the course request process to enroll in AP classes at CVHS.

Students enrolled in AP courses are highly encouraged to take the AP exam.  With qualifying AP Exam scores, students can earn credit, advanced placement, or both at a majority of colleges and universities.  Please note the policy regarding issuance of college credit is determined ONLY by the college or university a student applies to and will vary among institutions.  Individual colleges and universities, not the College Board or the AP Program, grant course credit and placement.

AP Exam testing dates at Castro Valley High School are May 4-8 and May 11-15, 2020.


The AP Program charges a fee for each AP Exam. Visit Total Registration for pay for your exams prior to Nov. 1st, 2019.

 For the 2020 AP Exams, the cost is $110 per exam for CVHS students and $135 for students from other schools.


Registrations made after Nov. 1, 2019 will incur a $10 late fee per exam. Registrations made after Nov 8, 2019 will incur a $20 late fee per exam. After Nov. 15th, all registrations will include a $40 late fee per exam. 

Registrations that are not paid by 10:00 PM, Thursday, Mar 19, 2020 will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.


Before we can order AP exams all students must also "enroll" their AP exams with the College Board


Please contact Mr. Kevin Baker, if you would like to register for an exam not listed, have questions about financial assistance, or any other questions.

Fee Reductions

If you have significant financial need, you may be eligible for a fee reduction. The cost for CVHS students qualifying for a reduced rate is $5 per exam. Please be prepared to provide proof of your financial need in the form of a Free/Reduced Lunch Program letter.  Check with House 3 to find out what support may be available to you.


Exam Fees

Description Cost per Exam
Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research) taken in the U.S., U.S. territories, and Canada*
$110 (student)
$135 (non-CVHS student)
Late order fee
Exams ordered between November 16 and March 13 incur a late order fee in addition to the exam fee. This fee doesn’t apply to exams for courses that start after November 15 and exams for students that transfer into the school.
$40 in addition to the exam fee

Unused/canceled exam fee
Exams canceled after November 15, or ordered exams that are not taken, incur an unused/canceled exam fee. This fee doesn’t apply to exams originally ordered for students who transfer out of the school.



  • If you are approved to take an alternate exam during the late-testing period, you may have to pay an additional $40 per exam late-testing fee. Note that many reasons for late testing do not incur the late-testing fee. Check with your school’s AP coordinator to learn more about late-testing policies and any fees.

AP Seminar and AP Research

Once your school’s AP coordinator orders an AP Seminar or AP Research Exam for you, the full exam fee of $142 will be charged. 


AP Computer Science Principles

For AP CSP, once your school’s AP coordinator orders the end-of-course exam for you, the exam fee of $94 will be charged. 


The online registration process eliminates the need to manually input student information in a lengthy pre-administration meeting.  However, the delivery of student packs as well as the need to highlight specific information will require a short meeting for all test takers.  The pre-administration times and dates will be communicated and will take place in the two weeks prior to the start of the testing window.

For any questions regarding registration for AP exams, please visit the College Board website, or call Mr. Baker at 510-537-5910 extension 3809.


Special Circumstance Procedures

Early testing is not permitted under any circumstances.

Late/alternate testing is not permitted for senior class trips, assemblies, family vacations or family graduations.

Alternative Testing details:

  • If a student is ill, an alternate test will be arranged if the illness occurs prior to administration of the exam and the student has a doctor’s note.  
  • If the student is in school the day of the exam, they will be expected to take the exam.  
  • A $55 fee may be charged for each alternate exam--this will depend on the reason.
  • You will need to communicate with Mr. Baker in House 3 immediately if an alternate test is required.


Occasionally, extreme circumstances may make it necessary for a particular exam to be administered late to an individual student or a group of students.  Only students affected by these circumstances may test late; everyone else must take the exam at the set time on a regularly scheduled date.

The College Board develops alternate forms of each exam that are used only for late testing.  All students who participate in late testing at a given school must take these alternate exams on the scheduled alternate testing dates at the scheduled times.  Early testing is not permitted under any circumstances.

When the cause of late testing is generally beyond the control of the school and the students, there is no additional fee for using the alternate forms of the exam.  In other instances, however, where the school or students have a choice between testing on the scheduled date and requests for alternate date, the school is billed an additional $55 per student for each exam to partially defray costs.