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Important Changes

Low-Income Student Exam Fee Assistance

Beginning with the 2017 AP Exam administration, states will no longer be able to secure funding for low-income students' AP Exams as they may have in the past, through a dedicated federal program. However, that doesn't mean federal funding for AP Exams for low-income students has disappeared entirely. In order to continue to provide these exam subsidies, states and districts will need to commit resources available from a new federal funding source. In 2016-17 and beyond, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) funds within Title IV are available to support low-income student exam participation. Talk to your principal and/or administration to ensure that a plan is in place to dedicate your local ESSA funding to subsidize students' 2017 and 2018 exams. For more information, visit collegeboard.org/ap-essa.

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

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.

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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