This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topicsand the answers!

Q. How do I make arrangements for my teen to take an AP exam? Is there a deadline? How much will it cost?

A. Testing arrangements for AP (Advanced Placement) tests should be made by contacting a local high school or private school no later than March 1. This gives the high school time to order the appropriate AP test. AP tests are administered nationwide in May of each year at public high schools and some private schools.

The Virginia law in §22.1-254.1(F) requires all school districts to make Advanced Placement (AP) and Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) examinations available to homeschooled students. The fee for each exam is $87, and payment is made to the school that is administering the test, not to the College Board.

There are 33 courses and exams, covering 22 subject areas. High school students can earn college credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP exam grades. The AP has an excellent reputation and is probably the most widely accepted exam for obtaining college credit. The exams are rigorous and usually test the knowledge that a student would be expected to gain by completing a full-year college course. Only a few exams are designed to test a semester’s worth of material.

View more AP information, test deadlines, and study links.