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Signing up for AP exams as a homeschooler/an independent student - how to do it?

So I'm homeschooled, and I'm trying to figure out how to sign up for AP exams because obviously, my 'school' doesn't offer them. I heard about contacting local schools, but what exactly is the process and how early should I start reaching out?

8 months ago

Hey there! Navigating AP exams as a homeschooled student can certainly seem like a maze, but it's wonderful that you're taking the initiative! In reality, the process is pretty straightforward. You’ll want to start by reaching out to local schools, ideally public schools as they are more likely to accommodate outside students. The best time to start making calls or sending emails is at the beginning of the school year, preferably in early to mid-fall. This will give schools enough time to respond to your request before the College Board’s deadline for exam ordering in early November.

When you contact the schools, ask to speak with the AP Coordinator. They’re the person in charge of organizing the AP exams at the school. You'll need to explain that you're a homeschooled student looking to register for specific AP exams and ask if they can accommodate you. Be sure to have a list of the exams you want to take. If your first-choice school cannot accommodate you, don't panic, just reach out to another school in the area—having backups is crucial. Remember, you will also be responsible for the exam fees, so be prepared to discuss this with the AP Coordinators as well.

Good luck!

8 months ago

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