• AP Information

  •  May 2021 AP Exam Schedule

    2021 AP Exam Procedures

    Exams Scheduled During Admin 1- In School (On Paper)

    Log into your AP Classroom Account to verify the exams you registered and paid for. 

    Check your Counselor’s Google Classroom for the AP Testing Room list.  They are also posted around the campus on bright red posters. 

    Test Day Things to Do & Bring:

    • Please arrive on time!  Times are assigned by College Board and all exams must begin on time.  Late students will not be admitted. 
    • If you have a class before your 12:00pm exam, you can be dismissed for lunch from 3rd period at 11:30am.  Please bring your lunch; the cafeteria will not be open yet. 
    • Picture ID
    • Black or Dark Blue ballpoint pen (not felt tip or gel pens)
    • Wooden #2 pencils with erasers (not mechanical!)
    • Calculator for Calculus, Chemistry, Physics & Statistics exams
    • Cell phones and other electronic devices must be powered off and put away in your backpack during testing. 

    Exams Scheduled During Admin 2 or 3- At Home (Digital)

    Log into your AP Classroom Account to verify the exams you registered and paid for. 

    Students will work remotely from home on their test day and do not have to report to campus.  It is recommended that you use a Plano ISD issued Chromebook for your AP Exams.  It is HIGHLY recommended that you practice the exam app BEFORE your test day.  To access the AP Exam app on your Chromebook:

    • Sign out of the Chromebook completely
    • Select “Apps” from the bottom left corner
    • Select “2021 Digital AP Exams”  (it should be the last program in the list)

    Registering and Paying for AP Exams

    All students must join their AP teacher’s class join code in AP Central in order to register for an AP test.  Payment for AP Exams is made using our online payment system: https://studentquickpay.com/pisd/

    Yearlong and first semester AP classes must be registered and paid for by mid-November.  Registration and payment for second semester AP classes is due Mid-February.  Contact your AP teacher or the counseling office for this year’s exact dates. 

    The Benefits of AP

    The Advanced Placement (AP) Program of The College Board enables students to complete college level studies at Plano Senior High School. The "academic bridge" helps smooth the transition from high school to college. The primary goals of the AP Program are to enrich the secondary school experience of students ready to apply themselves to college level courses and to provide the means by which colleges may grant credit or placement, or both, to students with satisfactory AP test scores. 

    Each AP course stands alone, on its own merit. AP allows students to explore their area of interest. For example, a student who is strong in math may choose to take AP Calculus, whereas a student whose strength lies in the humanities may select one of the many history options.Students who want to experiment with a college level course may enroll in just one AP class. Students who are ready to face the challenge of a college level curriculum may enroll in as many as six AP courses.

    Students who earn college credit through AP exams save on college tuition and expenses. Some students start with sophomore standing, saving the cost and time of one year of college.

    Enrolling in AP

    Plano offers one of the largest range of AP courses in the nation for students. Students entering high school need to plan with their counselors to insure that all prerequisite courses are scheduled early enough to allow them to take the AP course of their choice at the senior high level. Most AP courses are one hour in length, the exceptions being AP Studio Art, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry, which require two-hour blocks of time. All AP courses earn advance placement grade points. 

    PSHS offers the following AP courses:

    Art History
    Calculus AB
    Calculus BC
    Chinese: Language & Culture
    Comparative Government
    Computer Science A
    English Language & Composition
    English Literature & Composition
    Environmental Science
    European History
    French Language
    German Language
    Government & PoliticsLatin: Vergil
    Music Theory
    Physics 1 / 2
    Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
    Physics C:Mechanics
    PsychologySpanish: Language & Literature
    Studio Art: Drawing
    Studio Art: 2D & 3D
    United States History

    AP Exams

    The examinations are structured to measure three areas- depth of knowledge, completeness of thought, and synthesis of ideas. Approximately 1,200 institutions award credit based on the student's AP exam scores. Exams are graded on a five-point scale with credit usually given for scores of 3 or higher. College credit is generally awarded upon a student's enrollment, although some institutions award sophomore standing only after a student has completed satisfactory work on campus. The score requirement and number of college credit hours varies among higher education campuses.