• Dear Tam Student and Parents:

    If you are in an AP class and plan to take the AP exams in May, please read this email in its entirety. 

    It is time to register for 2021’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams in May. The AP exams provide students the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of materials covered in AP classes and, depending upon results and individual university policy, possibly earn college credit. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the catalogs of colleges of interest in order to determine each college’s policy with regard to AP exams. Students enrolled in an Advanced Placement class at Tam High may take the exam for that class. Students are encouraged to consult with their AP teacher to determine their readiness for the exam. Currently, College Board is planning for the exams to be administered in-person. Please see the statement below from College Board regarding administration of the exams this year. 

    “The 2021 AP Exams will be full-length, traditional AP Exams administered in schools. Schools will be able to divide their students across two May testing dates to reduce the number convening for any one exam. At the same time, we’re developing a contingency testing option if schools again need to close in May 2021 because of safety concerns. We’ll share details about this contingency option in early 2021.”

    We will remain in close communication with you regarding exam administration as we get closer to the May testing dates and alert you of any changes if they occur. 

    Registering for your AP exams is a two-step process. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access. If you do not complete both steps, no exam will be ordered. 

    1st step: Paying for the exam

    Go to www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/051975. Login and follow the specific instructions. Registration is not complete until you are directed to the payment confirmation page that is provided at the end. 

    2nd step: College Board Registration

    Login to http://myap.collegeboard.com/and enter the “join code” for your courses and select “yes” indicating that you are taking the exam. This join code is found on your payment confirmation from Total Registration and can also be provided by your teacher. You may have already joined in your AP class. If you previously joined the class, please make sure you have indicated you will take the exam by marking “yes”. See this document for guidance.

    Here are some helpful hints for setting up your account or verifying the information if you already have an account:

    • Make sure it is the student’s name that is on the account! Parents may have previously created accounts for the student to view PSAT/SAT/AP scores. You don’t want a parent’s name on the student’s AP or SAT scores when you apply to college (that has happened in the past and at other schools).
    • The student must have their own email address associated with their account.  This cannot be their school issued email address as it gets deactivated after you graduate. If you forget your log in, College Board will send you an e-mail to reset it, so you have to be able to get the e-mail.  This shouldn’t be the parent’s e-mail address.  If you already have an account, please check it is the student’s email listed and change if necessary.
    • If you have problems with your account, please contact College Board. High Schools are not able to provide IT support for the College Board website and College Board will not talk to a school staff member about your account.
    • Please be sure to keep up with your College Board log-in information. You will use it many times throughout high school. 

    Online Registration will begin Monday, September 14th and end on Friday, October 16th. This year each AP exam costs $104.00. We want every student to be able to take their AP exams. Students with demonstrated financial need can be given reduced fees according to specific qualifying guidelines. Financial aid requests must be submitted by October 16th. Please contact the Assistant Principal’s Office for more information.

    Here are the important dates for the registration process:

    • Monday, September 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM - Registration Begins
    • Friday, October 16th, 2020 at 11:59 PM – Registration Ends

    Students with testing accommodations should confirm they qualify for accommodations with College Board. Only students who have been pre-approved by the College Board are eligible for extended time and other testing accommodations.

    AP exam dates and locations will be posted on the Tam High website under the “Academics” section. Additional information on AP policies, procedures, and a description of each of the AP exams is provided at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html. If students and parents are curious to find out which colleges and universities offer credit or placement for AP Scores, please use this tool created by College Board - AP Credit Policy Search.

    If you have any conflicts with test schedules, contact the AP Office, 415-380-3514. There are VERY LIMITED circumstances under which the College Board will approve a student for an alternative late testing date.  If approved, an additional $50 late testing fee may apply.

    Contact the Assistant Principal’s office for any questions regarding Advanced Placement exams, (415) 380-3514 or smathews@tamdistrict.org.



    Connor Snow, Assistant Principal

    Tamalpais High School



    • August 19th thru September 11th - Enrolling in Collegeboard's AP Classroom (Done with AP class)
    • September 14th - Exam Registration Opens on Total Registration
    • October 16th 11:59pm PST- Exam Registration ends
  • ♦♦♦Joining the College Board AP Classroom does not order the student an AP exam. Total Registration must be used to order and pay for each exam. ♦♦♦

Why Should I Take an AP Test?


    Stand Out in College Admissions

    Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college. Taking AP is a sign that you’re up for the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer.


    Earn College Credits

    By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits can allow students to save college tuition, study abroad, or secure a second major. AP can transform what once seemed unattainable into something within reach. 

    AP Credit policies vary between and sometimes within institutions. For more information visit and search college's credit policy: www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy