• Dear Tam Students and Parents:

    I hope that all are doing well and having a good start to the school year! You are receiving this message because you are in an AP class and it is time to register for the 2022 Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Exam registration is now open and will close at 4:01 PM on Friday, Sep 24, 2021. Registrations after this date will incur a $20 late fee per exam. Registrations made after Friday, Oct 1, 2021 will incur a $40 late fee per exam. No exam orders or changes can be made after November 1, 2021.

    We want every student to be able to take their AP exams. Students with acute financial need can apply for financial aid. Financial aid requests must be submitted by October 1st. Please contact your teacher or the Assistant Principal’s Office for more information.

    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. Students are encouraged to consult with their AP teacher to determine their readiness for the exam. Taking the AP exam is not required. 

    Registering for your AP exams is a two-step process. Failure to complete both steps will result in you not being able to take the exam. Please read this communication in its entirety and follow the steps closely. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access. If you do not intend to take the exam, please go to  http://myap.collegeboard.com/ and indicate “no” for “order exam” for each AP course. If your AP course is not listed, please speak with your AP teacher to receive a join code for your AP Classroom account. 

    1st step: Paying for 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. If you have not already joined your AP class on AP classroom, you will receive the join code after payment to use for step 2. 

    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. You may have already joined during your AP class. 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! I know this sounds obvious, but I know quite a few parents created accounts in the past to view PSAT/SAT/AP scores. You don’t want parents’ name on the student’s AP or SAT scores when you apply to college (that happened in the past) as this completes the process of possibly getting college credit.
    • The students must have their own e-mail address associated with their account.  This cannot be their school email address as this address is deactivated after graduation. If you already have an account, please check this and change it if necessary.
    • If you have problems with your account, please contact the College Board.  High Schools aren’t linked to them at all, so we are not able to assist with login issues and they will not talk to the school staff on your behalf.
    • Please be sure you keep track of your College Board login information

    Online Registration will begin Thursday, September 16th and end on Friday, September 24th at 4:01pm. This year each AP exam costs $105.00. Any orders received after October 1st will incur a late fee of $40.00. No orders will be accepted after November 1st, 2021

    Here are the important dates for the registration process:

    • Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 7:00 AM - Registration Begins
    • Friday, September 24th, 2021 at 4:01pm – Regular Registration Ends
    • Monday, November 1st - Last day to Purchase AP Exam (with additional $40 Late Fee)

    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 are 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 this link. The 2022 AP Exams will be administered in school as paper-and-pencil exams over two weeks in May: May 2–6 and May 9–13. 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 $40 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.




    • Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 7:00 AM - Registration Begins
    • Friday, September 24th, 2021 at 4:01pm – Exam Registration Ends
    • Monday, November 1st - Last day to Purchase AP Exam (with additional $40 Late Fee)
  • ♦♦♦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/.

What if I need to cancel my exam?

  • We understand that on rare occasions students must cancel an exam. Here is our refund policy:

    • Students who cancel an exam by Fri - Sep 24, 2021 are entitled to a full refund of the exam fee.
    • Students who cancel an exam by Fri - Oct 1, 2021 are entitled to a refund of the exam fee minus a cancellation fee of $40.00 (per exam canceled).
    • After Fri - Oct 1, 2021 there are no refunds.
    • Late fees are nonrefundable.