AP Exams Will Be Free This Year
This year, as a part of Sacramento City Unified School District’s commitment to ensuring that all students graduate with the greatest number of post-secondary choices from the widest array of options, all students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be automatically registered to participate in the AP Exam for that course. Using funds from the College Readiness Block Grant set to expire this year, this opportunity will come at no cost to any Sacramento City Unified family.
Most four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement (or both) on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, students have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.
Research shows that AP experience benefit teens in several important ways:
- AP students are more likely to graduate from college in four years — students who take longer to graduate at public colleges and universities can spend up to $19,000 for each additional year.
- AP helps students qualify for scholarships — 31 percent of colleges and universities look at AP experience when determining scholarships.
- AP exam participation is a positive indicator to colleges – despite the exam score, when students participate in AP exams, colleges see that they were willing to challenge themselves.
Students enrolled in an AP class will be receiving a letter from the district in October with more specifics about the AP Exam process. Details on how to participate in the free AP Exams for Sac City students not currently enrolled in an AP class will also be released soon.
Additional information about the SCUSD Advanced Placement Program and Services are available at the district’s AP website. You may also contact the AP Department at (916) 643-9427.