My son's high school requires that students who take an AP class, take the AP exam. If the kid doesn’t take the exam, the school takes the AP designation off the transcript. And they make the parents pay the cost of the exams, so I have a bill for nearly $400, which covers 2 exams my son does want to take and 2 he doesn’t care about.
It’s clear that the reason they make the kids take the exams is produce good stats for the district. It has nothing to do with any benefit to the individual students.
Is this common? Does your kid's school require kids who take an AP class to take the exam?