College and Career Readiness

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB)  (3/9/15)

AP & IB News

  • Spring 2015 AP Exam Fee and IB Payment Changes updated

    The U.S. Department of Education expects to award approximately $28,483,000 in new grants under this program. Based on the anticipated number of applications and other available information, the Department expects this amount to be sufficient to pay all but $12 of the cost of each advanced placement exam taken by low-income students.

    Accordingly, SEAs may use Federal AP Test Fee program funds to cover a portion of the cost of each approved advanced placement exam taken by low-income students as follows:

    1. up to $41 for each Advanced Placement test administered by the College Board;
    2. up to $98 for each Diploma Programme test administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

    For FY 2015, AP Test Fee program funds may not be used to pay advanced placement test candidate registration fees on behalf of low-income students. Therefore, the candidate registration fees charged by the International Baccalaureate Organization are not allowable costs under this program for FY 2015.

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Fee Payment Program 2014-2015 School Reimbursement Form PDF format (3/15)

  •  College Board Sample Form — AP Exam Invoice: State Copy updated

    AP Coordinators:
    –  All schools must mail, fax, or e-mail the State AP Invoice copy to the Illinois State Board of Education for record of verification of low-income students receiving the Illinois Fee Reduction Credits.
    –  All payments and billing inquiries should be directed to the College Board.

  • College Board Sample Form — AP Exam Invoice: State Copy  PDF format (3/15)

  • Illinois Advanced Placement Reports

  • Performance (by District):
  • High School Class of 2013 PDF format
  • High School Class of 2009 PDF format
  • Participation (by District:)
  • High School Class of 2013 PDF format
  • High School Class of 2009 PDF format

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Administrator and Teacher Resources

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Parent and Student Resources

Advanced Placement courses are offered to enable students to get college credit while still attending high school. The availability of and access to Advanced Placement courses vary, but they are highly desirable and rigorous academic classes. Students who take even one Advanced Placement course have a 45% higher probability of finishing college than those who do not.

In 2012, the percentage of Illinois public high school students that scored three or higher on an AP Exam was 19.9, and was one of 17 states exceeding the national average of 19.5. Illinois' percentage increase of students scoring 3 or higher since 2002 was 8.2, an increase of 11.7 percent. More information about nationwide AP performance is available in the College Board 2012 AP Report to the Nation PDF Format.

For specific program information visit the following College Board web pages:

 Fee Reductions

The Illinois State Board of Education received a Federal grant award to assist high school students who are taking advanced placement college-level exams. High school students who meet the financial need requirements as stipulated for the identification of low-income individuals in the No Child Left Behind Act of 1994 will be eligible for reduced fees for both the College Board Advanced Placement Exams and the International Baccalaureate subject-area exams. More information can be accessed at: (for AP professionals) and (for AP students and parents).

Illinois Students who are eligible for free or reduced lunches at school qualify for fee reduction on all AP Exams they take that year.

If you have significant financial need, you may be eligible for a College Board fee reduction per AP Exam. In Illinois, the free or reduced lunch status is recommended to be used as the criteria, however, there are alternative criteria: if a student's family receives assistance under part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act, or if a student is eligible to receive medical assistance under the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, or if the student is a member of a family whose taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150% of the poverty level as established by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Check with your AP Coordinator to learn more about eligibility requirements for College Board fee reductions, state and district subsidies, and other support that may be available.

Always refer to the College Board's AP Fee Reduction page for the most recent test fees, costs, and College Board fee reduction amounts.

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