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Important Advanced Placement exam update

Additional funds are now available from the U.S. Department of Education to help districts and students offset the costs of Advanced Placement exams.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the funds will cover all AP exams taken by qualifying students in May 2012. This is a change from previous correspondence sent out by the department.

The 2012 federal contribution to low-income students taking an AP exam will now be $53 per exam. There is no longer a limit on the number of exams funded per student; the three-exam cap has been removed.

The College Board extended the ordering deadline for AP exams to April 25, in an attempt to ensure schools have the opportunity to place orders for any affected students; however, if more time is needed beyond April 25 to order, alternate exams for late testing can be ordered up until May 18.

Please reach out to eligible students and parents who may have elected not to sign up for AP exams for reasons of cost, and encourage them to reconsider taking the exams. Communications on additional funding have been sent to each district directly from College Board.

If you have any questions about the change in funding for AP exams, contact Sarah Carter, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-5213.