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Important Changes

Exam Fees for 2017

  • $93 per exam in the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada.
  • $123 per exam at schools outside the U.S., U.S. territories, and Canada (with the exception of DoDDS schools).
  • The per-exam rebate that schools can retain to offset exam administration costs remains $9. The exam fee varies for College Board–authorized testing centers outside the United States.

AP Program Updates

Calculator Policy

Beginning with May 2017 AP® Exams, new types of calculators may be used on the AP Chemistry and Physics exams, as follows:

  • Chemistry: Graphing calculator may be used; four-function calculator may be used, but is not recommended
  • Physics (all exams): Four-function calculator may be used

    Recording and Submitting Audio Responses

    Beginning with the May 2017 AP Music Theory and French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture exams, all audio responses must be recorded as MP3 files and submitted online. Cassette recorders, student-response tapes, and student-response CDs are no longer used for these exams.

  • Recording: Schools must use digital technology (computers with MP3 recording software, digital language lab, handheld digital recorders) to record student audio and save the recording in MP3 file format.
  • Submission: All audio responses must be submitted via the Digital Audio Submission (DAS) portal.

Service Enhancements

Digital Recording App Available for AP Music Theory

A new recording app is now available that simplifies the process of recording and saving audio files. For 2017, it may be used on certain school-owned iOS devices, for AP Music Theory Exam sight-singing responses only. More information about this additional digital recording option will be available in spring 2017.

Course and Exam Changes

The updated AP Calculus AB and BC, revised AP Seminar and AP World History, and new AP Computer Science Principles courses and exams launch this year.

Calculus AB and BC

The updated courses place an increased emphasis on conceptual understanding through the Mathematical Practices for AP Calculus (MPACs). No topics have been removed from the courses, and the following topics have been added: L’Hospital’s Rule is included in AP Calculus AB; and the limit comparison test, absolute and conditional convergence, and the alternating series error bound have been added to AP Calculus BC.

Computer Science Principles

The new Computer Science Principles course will launch this fall, introducing students to the foundational concepts of computer science. The course will challenge students to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, Computer Science Principles will prepare students for college and career. The AP Computer Science Principles assessment comprises two parts: a through-course AP assessment as well as an end-of-course multiple-choice exam.


In response to analysis of AP Seminar’s 2015 assessment data, combined with teacher feedback, we are making changes to the AP Seminar assessment for the 2016-17 school year. These changes are detailed in the new AP Seminar Course and Exam Description (.pdf/9.73MB) (effective fall 2016).

World History

The revisions to the course and exam build upon the comprehensive changes to the course that teachers implemented in the 2011-12 school year. The revisions further strengthen AP World History’s focus on mastering essential concepts and developing historical thinking skills.

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