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AP and IB Exams

AP and IB Exams demonstrate college level achievement in various subject areas. Many colleges offer credit for high scores in these exams, though you should check with individual college websites. Fairview offers a comprehensive list of honors courses that prepare you for AP and IB exams. Our high school is unique in that it allows you to either take all six exams required for a full IB Diploma, or focus on select subject areas for IB Certificate concentrations. Students may combine IB exams with any number of AP exams.

Fairview administers a large number of select AP and IB exams in May of each school year. Registration for these exams takes place in October at the Fairview Honors Department. Students are required to take a corresponding IB course in order to register for an IB exam, whereas students may opt to take AP exams without taking the offered course.


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  • Who should consider taking AP exams?

    If you are taking honors courses at Fairview or have significant strength in a language other than English, you should take full advantage of the wide variety of AP exams that are offered at Fairview. All of the following groups should consider taking AP exams:

    • Students in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
    • Students in International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
    • ESL (English as Second Language) students.

  • Why are AP and/or IB exams useful and important?

    • Honors students:

      High AP and IB exam scores can offer substantial college credit. The amount of college credit awarded varies from college to college. To investigate the details for particular colleges, check the college web sites or seek information from the Fairview College and Career Center or the school counselors.

    • IB students:

      In some cases, taking the AP exam can earn a student more college credit than IB courses or exams alone. Therefore, it is important for students who are taking IB classes, as well as the students in AP classes, to consider taking AP exams. Students who are taking IB courses are often very well prepared for the matching AP exams because of the IB coursework. One of the most common comments from alumni who took IB courses is, “I wish I had taken more AP exams.”

    • ESL students:

      These students may have the background to do well on AP exams, especially the exams for world languages.

    • For college admissions:

      In the college admissions process, AP and/or IB are useful in providing evidence that students have sought academic challenge in high school, an important criterion in admission to selective colleges.

    • AP exams are low risk.

      Students choose which AP exam scores get reported to which colleges.

    • Skip introductory college courses.

      Students who take AP and/or IB exams with a qualifying exam grade often have the option to skip introductory course work in college. This makes it easier for students to complete a four-year program in four years, study abroad, or to pursue higher-level coursework, or even a double major, if desired.

    • In some cases, you can obtain a higher priority for college course registration.

      At some colleges, several high exam scores can classify an incoming freshman as a junior or sophomore, which gives a student a higher priority rating with class registration. This can be especially helpful during the registration process at large universities, where classes can fill quickly before freshmen get a chance to register.

  • How do I register for AP or IB Exams?

    • For AP and IB Exam dates and registration, go to the Fairview IB Website.
    • Note that while the tests are not administered until May, registration deadlines are usually in October.
    • You are not required to take a Fairview course to take AP exams, but you must prepare on your own and register for the exam by the deadlines set by the IB department.

  • Can I take AP exams not regularly administered by Fairview?

    • Yes. Speak directly to the IB department and request the AP exam. You must register by the deadline set by the Fairview IB department.
    • Note that you will be responsible for preparing yourself for the exam.

  • How do honors courses and AP/IB exams match up?

    • Check How Do Honors Courses and AP Exams Match Up?.
    • Check the IB Curricular Pathways document for flowcharts of courses to IB exams.
    • If you are uncertain whether to register for one or more exams, you should consult with your teachers or the AP/IB Coordinator.
    • Note: Students who are taking IB courses are often very well prepared for the matching AP exams because of the IB coursework. One of the most common comments from alumni who took IB courses is, “I wish I had taken more AP exams.”

  • How do I prepare for AP exams?

    • Go to the College Board AP Website to see sample test questions, test taking tips by subject and other information about the exams.
    • If needed, you can buy preparation booklets from College Board, at bookstores and online book suppliers.
    • Fairview has a license to Albert.io. This is an online platform that has practice materials and tests for all AP tests. Talk to your teacher to set up access to this resource.
    • Allow a full morning or afternoon for each exam. Exams typically take up to 3 hours of actual test time, plus one-half hour more for administration.

  • How do I prepare for IB exams?

    • Your Fairview IB course directly prepares you for the corresponding IB exam.
    • IB exam preparation books can also be purchased online.
    • Allow a full morning or afternoon for each exam. Exams typically take up to 3 hours of actual test time, plus one-half hour more for administration.

  • How do I view and send scores to colleges?

    • Instructions for viewing and sending AP test scores can be found here. For AP tests, grade withholding and cancellation can be requested for individual test scores.
    • IB test scores are sent to colleges during the summer after senior year. Requests for these scores are made through the Fairview IB Dept during spring of the senior year.