Schools must configure their courses/exams, teachers, and sections in the College Board's (CB) system. Once sections are created, schools receive join codes that must be distributed to students so they can enroll in AP Classroom and enroll in the exam.
Schools can have either the AP teachers or the AP Coordinator configure the courses/exams/sections. Total Registration (TR) strongly recommends that the coordinator set up the sections for the following reasons:
TR also recommends using publicly known labels such as the period or block name, something familiar to the students. For example, if a school has seven periods and Biology is taught by Ms. Kathy Jones periods 3 and 5 you would create two sections; "Period 3" and" Period 5". Schools should also use a different period names for sections taught only the second semester. For example, "2nd Semester - Period 1".
Commonly, schools have the classroom teachers distribute the correct join code to each of their classes at the beginning of the school year. Some savvy schools will communicate with each student providing all the student's join codes at one time, allowing students to enroll for all their AP courses/exams in one sitting.
When schools configure TR, they link teachers and periods to each exam. They also enter/upload the appropriate join code for each exam/teacher/period. When students register in TR, they choose their exam, teacher, and period. Each student receives their join codes for their courses/exams. This accurately provides students with ALL their join codes at one time, allowing them to enroll in ALL their AP courses/exams in CB in a single sitting. TR even gives clear directions on how to use their join codes in CB's system.
Below are a few examples of what the process looks like in TR
Schools create their library of periods they can use for any exams:
When students register, they choose their exam/course, teacher and period:
The confirmation page of the registration provides the student with their join codes and directions on how to enroll in CB's MyAP. The example below is for a student who registered for two AP Exams and indicated they have a third class for which they are not taking the exam. Join codes are provided for all three:
Students can view their unique set of join codes at any time by logging in to their TR, student account: