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How come AP Tests cost so much?

KaznackKaznack Registered User Posts: 1,985 Senior Member
edited August 2007 in High School Life
My school handbook says, for each AP class, one has to pay $88 for the test by October or so. Why is this?
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Replies to: How come AP Tests cost so much?

  • newest newbnewest newb - Posts: 751 Member
    The people grading your free response don't work for free.
  • jesperejespere Registered User Posts: 272 Junior Member
    Material, shipping, coming up with the stuff, and well duh-for profit.

    Depending on the state though its subsidized. '06 I paid $22 per test but after the MN governor wanted to set some high achievement standards, '07 was $8 per test.
  • sevitagensevitagen Registered User Posts: 880 Member
    damn, that is expensive.


    collegeboard wants me to be poor.
  • Jman2306Jman2306 Registered User Posts: 2,489 Senior Member
    Florida pays for my AP exams. =]
  • ad.bcad.bc Registered User Posts: 700 Member
    one of my teachers said the graders do it for free but im not sure if he knew what he was talking about

    anyway i think they charge so much because they can
  • nataliexcorenataliexcore Registered User Posts: 145 Junior Member
    cos collegeboard enjoys nickeling and diming the **** out of desperate high school students.
  • AznN3rdAznN3rd Registered User Posts: 1,292 Senior Member
    for profit.
    Actually, CB is non profit. This is good for execs, who splurge all the money at the end of the fiscal year. This also allows the company to be tax-free.
  • EarthquakeEarthquake Registered User Posts: 101 Junior Member
    Graders do it for free. You know the these scorers are just everyday teachers, who teach the class of that certain AP exam.

    AD.BC: my teacher is a scorer and he doesn't get paid to grade these tests. Collegeboard just chooses qualified teachers and asks them to come to Chicago anywhere else. They gather with other graders and go through the process.

    Maybe the plane ticket is paid by collegeboard?
  • Kaatu Bara NiktoKaatu Bara Nikto Registered User Posts: 245 Junior Member
    Have you checked to see if your school will pay some or all of it? Some do....

    At least in theory, it's paying for the costs involved. Not just the direct ones like the printing of the tests, but the indirect ones like CB employees.
  • AznN3rdAznN3rd Registered User Posts: 1,292 Senior Member
    My school charges $90 per test, so I guess it actually charges extra fees. lol
  • MetdethGNRMetdethGNR Registered User Posts: 952 Member
    My school pays for me! =D (and everyone else's...)

    Which is awesome 'cause I'm taking a bunch... the practice workbooks are expensive enough (20 bucks for each)
  • IlikeDiceIlikeDice Registered User Posts: 578 Member
    There are year long waiting lists to become a free response AP grader...I think it's very voluntary (my poor calculus teacher should know :(
  • helpmegetin!helpmegetin! Registered User Posts: 1,459 Member
    doesnt the school take a lot of it?
  • JBVirtuosoJBVirtuoso Registered User Posts: 4,579 Senior Member
    My school doesn't pay for any. Of course, it offers no APs but it "strongly encourages" students to take AP tests anyway, for the full fee.

    The reason is that CollegeBoard wants to make sure that only rich white kids can take the tests, just like with the SAT.
  • PKswmr76PKswmr76 Registered User Posts: 1,669 Senior Member
    ^ lol

    I'm taking 7 next year at $83 for each :-(

    add on prep books for each and I'm out $850
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