Can You Retake an AP Exam?

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Retaking an AP Exam

Many students take an AP exam in the hopes of achieving a score that will earn them college credit. If a student is unsatisfied with their score, they can take the same exam again as many times as they like.

Some important facts to know before deciding to retake an AP exam:

  • Each time you take an exam, your score report is sent to the academic institutions you indicated during registration, and it contains the scores for every AP exam you complete. If you retake an exam, schools will receive your first score and every subsequent test score thereafter.
  • AP exams are given in May during each school year, with each exam given only once, so students wishing to retake an exam must wait until the following year.
  • You must pay the registration fee each time you sit for the exam.

Withholding or Canceling an AP Exam Score

The College Board, which administers the AP Program, gives students the option of not releasing their score or canceling their score completely.

To withhold an AP Exam score*Write and submit a signed request to AP Services
*Pay $10 per school from which you want to withhold a score
*Meet the withholding request deadline, which typically falls in mid-June each year
To cancel an AP Exam score*Mail or fax a signed cancellation form to AP Services
*Requests must be received by the mid-June deadline to ensure scores are not released
*There is no fee for this service

Important facts to know before deciding to withhold or cancel your AP exam score reporting:

  • If you choose not to send your score, but wish to at a later time, you can submit an AP Services form that allows The College Board to release the score.
  • A score report sent out after removing a hold on a score costs $15 per report with standard delivery, and $25 for rush delivery.
  • Canceling a score is permanent and cannot be reversed.
  • When canceling a score, the student and/or academic institutions will never have access to any official score.

Preparing for an AP Exam

Scoring a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam could allow you to earn college credit while still in high school, and Study.com offers a wealth of AP review courses to help you study for the AP exams. Courses contain engaging video lessons for you to study. You can verify your grasp on the material by completing practice tests and quizzes. All courses on Study.com are available 24/7, meaning students can access them whenever it is convenient for them.

Many colleges grant credit or advanced placement to students with qualifying AP Exam scores. Read on to find out when AP Exams are offered and get information about exam costs and preparation.

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