What's the Cost of the AP Exam?

Instructor: Laura Melega
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams are available for a wide variety of subjects. Find out about typical exam costs and fees, in addition to when the AP Exams are scheduled to occur, so you can be fully prepared for exam day.

AP Exam Fees

The College Board offers nearly 40 different AP Exams that cover various subject areas. Designed to measure a student's knowledge in these subjects, AP Exams are administered at the end of the school year. The per-test fees depending on location for these exams are:

United States & Canada $92
Outside of the U.S. & Canada $122

Schools decide if late testing will be made available. A late exam fee of $45 could be assessed based on what the reason is for late testing. Sickness and religious observances are among the qualifiers for exemption from a late fee. Students who qualify for a fee reduction on the exam itself do not have to pay any late fees under any circumstances.

Exam Costs for AP Capstone

If a student is participating in the AP Capstone program, the AP Seminar and AP Research exams cost $139 each. The fee does not increase for tests taken outside the U.S.

Fee Reductions

Students who meet financial assistance criteria may apply for a $30 reduction in fees per exam. Additional support may be available from federal and state resources.


Partial refunds can be given for untaken exams, but the amount to be refunded is left to the discretion of the administration of the student's school. However, it's likely that you'll have to pay the fee of $15 for unused tests.

Exam Schedule

The AP Exams are offered Monday-Friday during the first two weeks of May. Tests begin at:

  • 8:00 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. (Only for the AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism exam, which is offered during week 2)

Late tests are scheduled over three days during the third week in May. Students will need to coordinate late testing with their school's AP administrator.

Preparing to Take an AP Exam

Achieving success on an AP Exam could allow you to earn college credit while still in high school. Study.com offers a wealth of resources to help you study for the AP exams.

The AP exam prep courses you'll find on Study.com include mobile-friendly video lessons, practice quizzes, and test-taking advice to help you do your best. You can study for AP Exams anytime, anywhere using the following Study.com AP Exam prep courses:

Business*AP Macroeconomics
English*AP English Literature
*AP English Language
History & Political Science*AP European History
*AP World History
*AP U.S. History
*AP Comparative Government and Politics
*AP U.S. Government and Politics
Humanities*AP Music Theory
Math*AP Calculus AB & BC
Psychology*AP Psychology
Science*AP Biology
*AP Chemistry
*AP Environmental Science
*AP Physics 1
*AP Physics 2
*AP Physics C

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