AP Exams

AP Letter to Parents and Students
Although Advanced Placement tests are not until May, the registration process occurs in January and February. This letter contains information about AP tests and the registration process. 

Frequently Asked Questions About AP Exams:

If I take an AP class, do I need to take the AP test?


Why should I take the AP test?

  1. Potential to earn college credit*
  2. The AP Scholar Award – a national award granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams
  3. You already took the class . . . might as well see how you do on the test!


When are the tests?

The tests are during the school day in May. More detailed information on testing dates, times, and locations will available in April.


Does it cost $ to take the test?

Yes. AP (College Board) will charge high schools $94.00 per test. The state of MN will reimburse high schools $34.00 per test. Therefore, students will need to pay $60.00 for each test they choose to take. AP tests are voluntary and NOT required to earn high school credit.

 *If you are on the federal free and reduced lunch program, you may be eligible for fee reductions or waivers. Please contact Naomi Marietta at nmarietta@hastings.k12.mn.us for more information.


How do I register?

For the 2019 AP exams, students will register online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.

Online Exam registration will begin on Monday, Jan 7, 2019 at 12:01 AM and end on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Students must go to www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/241050 to register. To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the PDF of the confirmation page that is provided at the end of the registration process.

We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure the correct exams are ordered.

Hastings High School is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Monday, Jan 7, 2019 at 12:01 AM:          Registration Begins
  • Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 at 12:01 AM:         Early Registration Ends 


Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $20 late fee per exam.

  • Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM:       Late Registration Ends
  • Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 at 11:59 PM:      Unpaid registrations will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.


Please contact Ms. Naomi Marietta, nmarietta@hastings.k12.mn.us , if you have any questions.



If you earn an AP Exam score of 3 or higher, chances are you can receive credit, advanced placement or both from your college — most colleges and universities in the United States and institutions in more than 60 other countries grant credit and placement for AP scores or acknowledge AP scores in the admission process.

 The first thing to understand is that each college and university — not the College Board or the AP Program — makes its own decisions about awarding credit and placement. Most have a written policy spelling out things like the minimum required score to earn credit for a given AP Exam, the amount of credit awarded and how credits are applied. Review this information on the college's website or by using the AP Credit Policy Search.

 To receive credit, you must request that the College Board send your official AP score report to the college of your choice, either at the time of testing or afterward through a score report request. Colleges will usually notify you during the summer, after receiving your scores, about any credit, placement and/or course exemptions you have earned. If you have questions about the status of your AP credit or placement, you should contact your college.