Cost of Standardized Testing

Instructor: William White
The cost of standardized testing varies by exam and can easily run more than $100. Credit and debit cards are typically the preferred methods of payment. Read on to learn more.

Standardized Testing Cost

The price of standardized testing can vary greatly by test. Although there is no real pattern, standardized tests for high school students tend to be the least expensive and exams for graduate or professional schools are on the higher end. For example, AP exams are priced at $92 per exam. This will obviously be more expensive for students who take multiple AP courses. By comparison, the cost for registering to take the LSAT for law school admissions is $175 and the cost of the MCAT for medical school admissions is $305.

It should be noted that the fee for registering for an exam is often accompanied by other fees. These additional fees may include items like submitting scores to schools, canceling a score, taking a test outside of the U.S. or registering late.

Fee Reduction

To help students with financial hardships, many standardized tests offer fee reduction programs. In some cases, such as the LSAT, the whole fee may be waived. More commonly, fee assistance programs or a standard fee reduction are offered. For example, the College Board offers a $30 fee reduction to students who qualify. In either case, the student seeking the waiver or reduction will need to apply and meet minimum standards. Additional assistance may be provided from local and federal agencies as well.

Methods of Payment

In general, payment is due at the time of registration on the exam provider's website. Most exam providers accept major credit and debit cards, although the MCAT accepts only Visa and MasterCard.

Some exams accept other forms of payment. The GRE providers accept vouchers, certified checks and money orders for the computer-based version of the exam. The paper-based version of this test accepts additional forms of payment, including PayPal and E-Check Service.

Learn About the Exams

Prior to paying for an exam, it may be a good idea to review the content and what the exam requires you to know. offers extensive resources on many standardized tests, including video lessons and practice questions. To learn more about these test, review the following links:

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