In response to client requests, Total Registration surveyed schools regarding changes in the AP Exam process that the College Board piloted for the 2018 exam and is implementing for 800 schools in the 2019 exams. The College Board plans to make these changes mandatory for all schools in 2020.
Schools piloting the proposed changes expressed apprehension with the new dates/fees and requested a broader survey to see if other AP stakeholders verified their opinions. Thus, Total Registration surveyed 2600+ students, parents, teachers, administrators and AP coordinators about the proposed dates/fees. 90% of respondents disagreed with facets of the planned changes.
|Thought students would not be able to assess their preparedness for a May AP Exam in November|
|Thought the average student taking an AP Exam in May would not know which college they would attend nor the college’s credit policy in November||
|Did not think families would be prepared to pay for May AP Exams in November|
|Did not think their families would be comfortable with a $40.00/exam late fee starting in mid-November|
|Did not think their families would be comfortable with a $40.00/exam cancellation fee for exams canceled after mid-November|
In the spirit of transparency, you can view the actual Fall Registration Poll results here. You may find it interesting to read through all the comments in the last question to really see what people think.
Do you still need to participate in the survey? You can take the quick poll here.
Based on these surprising responses, the question arose that if the College Board’s dates and fees are egregious to AP constituents, as clearly indicated by the results, then what AP dates/fees would the schools choose on behalf of their students, families, and staff?
A second survey asked schools to indicate their ideal date/fee structure in an open-ended format, where schools could freely choose their options. Not surprisingly, the results contrasted sharply from those being currently implemented by the College Board.
In the spirit of transparency, you can view the actual Ideal AP Registration Dates survey results here. We found the diversity of the free response comments very enlightening, we encourage to read through them when you get a chance.
You can respond to the Ideal AP Registration Dates survey here if you have not yet done so.
We asked schools to speculate as to why there was such a large discrepancy between what the school stated was their ideal with respect to dates/fees and the College Board’s dates/fees that are being implemented. What rationale could explain why the College Board would be planning to force schools to a date/time schedule that is not in their best interest? Two responses comprised the majority of comments:
Perhaps the College Board has a legitimate need for additional funding in order to bear the costs of the changes for the 2019-2020 exams. As schools suggested, this might explain the justification for the College Board to enforce dates/fees that are very different from what schools would choose for themselves.
At the request of client schools, Total Registration will take the next couple of days to examine the College Board’s government filings to see if, in fact, they are facing a budgetary crisis or financial hardship that would support the need for changes to increase their monetary gain from AP exams. We will report on the findings in a subsequent email. Stay tuned… Learn about the College Board's Finances.
Many AP Stake Holders are expressing their concerns regarding the changes by signing and circulating petition, https://www.change.org/p/demand-the-college-board-not-mandate-fall-ap-exam-requirements-and-deadlines
This was my second year as the AP Coordinator and I love Total Registration! I would not have made it through my first year without using TR, and I found I needed it just as much this year. Everything works—the student registration is so easy, Total Registration collects all the money and our business office loves that part! All of the reports are very helpful, including room rosters and seating charts to print. TR also sends reminders about due dates, like when to order the tests! Everything to keep me on track. The service also emails and texts the students and parents their exam schedules as a reminder. Customer service is excellent, I always hear back within an hour or so to get answers to my questions, and they are always trying to make things easier for us. I will only run my AP exams with Total Registration!
Having the answer sheets pre-printed eliminated hours of pre-admin sessions, as well as eliminating incomplete answer sheets. The big and small labels were so helpful - we purchased a bar code scanner and scanned all of our AP numbers into TR.
Our school used Total Registration for the first time this year, based upon several conversations I had as AP Coordinator with Mike Elings, General Manager. I was able to see how the registration process worked and thought that it would be worth our time trying this out. In the past, I have had students pay at our school site, and there were errors in what they were paying for. Due to the volume of tests that our students take, accuracy is important. I particularly liked that they could select what they wanted to pay for and that teachers could check the rosters of who had paid. In addition, I was able to state our school policies easily so that there were no errors. I also liked that they had to supply a working e-mail address for both student and parent (our school's e-mails that we have on file are sometimes wrong), so if I needed to contact them, I could easily.
We will definitely be using Total Registration in the future for AP exam registration!
This was my first time administering AP and IB exams. TR was user-friendly and the instructions were very clear. The customer support was also immediate. Creating seating charts and pulling rosters for individual exams was a great feature. Collecting registration fees, managing exam changes and balances was super easy. I am looking forward to using more features for the next academic year. I would recommend TR to all coordinators.
I truly hope the College Board becomes more accepting of the Answer Sheet Printing process. It saved me and the students a TON of time. Using the bar code scanner to record AP numbers was awesome. Not holding pre-admin sessions was awesome. Not having to spend a so much time organizing answer sheets for students with multiple exams was awesome. I tell anyone who asks that Total Registration is AWESOME!