Advanced Placement Program

The Advanced Placement program, created by the College Board, offers college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. American colleges often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. A panel of experts and college-level educators in each subject create the AP curriculum for the College Board. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ensure it satisfies the AP curriculum.

As of the 2016 testing season, the fee per exam is $92. Financial aid is available for students who qualify for it; the fee reduction is $30 per exam from College Board plus an additional $9 rebate per fee-reduced exam from the school. Out of the $92, $9 goes directly to the school to pay for the administration of the test, which some schools will reduce to lower the cost to the student.

Information regarding the availability of federal funds to cover any further portion of the exam fee for Maine students who qualify for it should become available during the spring of 2016. As of June, 2016 the U.S. Department of Education has indicated that the federal maximum payment through the Advanced Placement Test Fee Grant Program will be $38 per exam for eligible students.

Currently, there is no local, state or federal funding to support AP Incentive Programs in Maine.


In 2015, over 4.5 million exams were taken by more than 2.5 million students at over 19,000 high schools. Many high schools in the United States offer AP courses, though the College Board allows any student to take any examination, regardless of participation in its respective course. Therefore, home-schooled students and students from schools that do not offer AP courses have an equal opportunity to take the examination.



Charlene Tucker
Director of Assessment & Accountability