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 2018 testing season, the fee per exam is $94. Financial aid is available for students who qualify for it; the fee reduction is $32 per exam from College Board plus an additional $9 rebate per fee-reduced exam from the school. The resulting cost is $53 per exam for eligible students.

Currently, there are no state or federal funding sources to support AP Fee Reduction Programs in Maine.

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.



Andrew Hudacs
Acting Director of Assessment