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TO:                  Superintendents, High School Principals, High School Guidance Directors/Counselors, AP Teachers, and AP Coordinators


FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:             March 4, 2002


RE:                   Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Fees and Test Preparation Materials


            Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Maine Department of Education and the College Board are working together to cover the entire AP exam fee for low-income students and to provide AP students access to high quality test preparation materials.  The following are summaries of these two opportunities available at no cost to all schools in Maine.


1.)    Advanced Placement Exam Fee Payment

The Maine Department of Education has contracted with the College Board to cover the balance of the test fee for any low-income student included on the ETS test fee reduction request form that your school completes when you order the AP exams.  The College Board will bill the Maine Department of Education directly.  This is a change from the past two years where you submitted requests to the Department of Education and we reimbursed you.  This year, neither students who are receiving the College Board fee waiver nor any schools will need to pay the partial fee in advance.  Instead, we are making this a one-step process for you this year.


2.)    Test Preparation Materials

In order to help students prepare for the AP exams, the Maine Department of Education and the College Board are making CD ROMs available to all AP teachers at no cost.  The CDs are available in the subjects listed on the attached form. Please submit the attached order form by March 15, 2002 to indicate the CD ROMs that you would like.  You must have an AP course in the subject in order to request the CDs.   If you do not teach an AP course and would like to order the CD, you may order directly from the College Board at  Each CD has a site license for 50 students.


            If you would like to purchase different AP test preparation materials, you may still apply through the Advanced Placement Incentive Program application.  If you would like an application, please contact Nancy Lamontagne at 624-6822 or by email at

CD ROMS Order Form – No Cost for teachers teaching AP Courses.

(One CD per AP Teacher)


          AP Course                                                   Number of Students


_____Calculus AB                                                          ________


_____English Lang.                                                      ________


_____English Lit.                                                          ________


_____European History                                                  ________


_____US History                                                                ________


_____Spanish                                                                      ________



AP Teachers’ Names                                                             Course Title


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___________________________________                          ________________________


___________________________________                          ________________________


___________________________________                          ________________________


___________________________________                          ________________________


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AP Coordinator____________________________________________________________________


School Name_______________________________________________________________________


Address, City, State, & Zip___________________________________________________________





Return order form by March 15, 2002 to:

Wanda Monthey

Department of Education

23 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333