Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) Test Fees

Fees for Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) Tests

As part of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) FY 2018 Approved Budget, FCPS adopted new fees for high school students: Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees. AP/IB test fees will remain in effect for the 2018-2019 school year.  Students who qualify for the free and reduced-price meals program and have submitted the consent to share their free and reduced-price status will not be charged for these fees. These forms can be found on the Food and Nutrition Services, Free and Reduced-Price Meals web page. The payment of student fees is the responsibility of parents and guardians.  However, for students and families who are undergoing economic hardships and are financially unable to pay the stated student fees, assistance is available as noted in the current version of Regulation 2135, Assistance to Students.  Please contact your child’s school to determine your eligibility.

Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) Test Fees

  • The fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken by each student for courses in which they are also enrolled for high school credit will be paid by FCPS.   
  • To determine if a student has used his/her six paid tests, the cumulative number of AP/IB tests over a student’s time in FCPS is counted, including all exams taken prior to the current school year.
  • Students who choose to take one or more AP/IB tests beyond the six FCPS-funded tests will be charged a fee of:
    • $119 per IB test which will be billed in December 2018
    • $93 per AP test which will be billed in April 2019
  • Students taking one or more AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding course will be responsible for the test fee(s):
    • These test(s) will not count towards their six FCPS-funded tests.
    • The billing for these test(s) will be a separate billing process from students enrolled in AP/IB courses.
  • While FCPS encourages all students to take AP/IB tests for courses in which they are enrolled, students will have the opportunity to opt out of the test(s) by filling out an opt-out form to be provided by the school. To assist in the decision-making process, students will be provided a report with cumulative AP/IB test history and current AP/IB course enrollment.

Fee Payment

The online payment service, MySchoolBucks, is the same portal that many parents and guardians currently use to pay for school meals, providing them a convenient, efficient, flexible and secure way to pay for school-related purchases and fees.

  • Parents and guardians currently enrolled in MySchoolBucks will receive an email notification information them of a bill for the AP/IB test fees for their respective child(ren).  Note that each test fee is sent as a separate invoice with a unique invoice number.
  • Parents and guardians not enrolled in MySchoolBucks will receive an email with instructions on enrolling in MySchoolsBucks.
  • Parents and guardians with students attending schools offering both IB and AP courses will be billed in December 2018.
  • Parents and guardians with students attending schools offering only AP courses will be billed in April 2019.
  • Students who qualify for the free and reduced-price meals program and have submitted the consent to share their free and reduced-priced status will not be charged for these fees in accordance with their waiver selections on the fee consent form. These forms can be found on the Food and Nutrition Services, Free and Reduced-Price Meals web page.

For more information, contact your child’s school.

For information about eligibility for economic hardship contact your child's school.

AP/IB Test Fees Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions about Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate test fees.

Student Transfer Application Fee

A non-refundable student transfer application processing fee of $100 per student per year will apply for SY 2018-19. The application processing fee applies to all student transfer requests (Initial, Renewal and High School Curricular) based on criteria outlined in Regulation 2230.