Advanced Placement Information

Advanced Placement Updates as of April 8, 2021

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Before emailing Ms. Covington please check this list of FAQs


Digital Testing for Advanced Placement (AP)

For students who have signed up and paid for digital versions of the AP exams, the first digital exams start on May 18th. Digital exams must be taken at their scheduled time slot of 12pm and 4pm Eastern Standard Time.

Please visit the AP Digital Testing App resource document to check software and schedules in preparation for testing.

Students must login to the AP Digital Testing App 1–3 days before each exam day to complete setup as well as 30mins prior to the start of the exam. Please review steps 2-4 on the 4 Steps to Take a Digital Exam website to ensure that students are ready to test.


Steps to Register – REGULAR REGISTRATION DEADLINE April 16th  

  • You MUST use a Join Code provided by your teacher to join the class before you can register for an exam.
  • Log into Naviance.  In the “about me” tab, on the left side under “surveys not started”, click on 2021 AP Exam Registration & Fee Waiver request.
  • Complete the AP Registration 2021 survey and click submit.  Print a copy. (You can do this from the completed survey link after you submit.)
  • Have parent/guardian sign at #10 verifying fee status.
  • Either use the online payment system on scroll down to the bottom or go here OR write a check for your total amount made payable to Centennial HS.
  • Registration is complete once a signed copy of the survey and payment is submitted to Ms. Covington at Centennial HS.  Registrations can be mailed or dropped off to box in the front office.

A student that wishes to take an exam for a course they are not enrolled in should use the same survey.


Exam Fees and Deadlines (everything is due by 3pm)

  • Join code entered in AP Portal by Friday, March 12th
  • CHS registration including signed Naviance form AND payment $95/exam ($15/exam for fee waiver eligible students) by Friday, April 16th
  • Semester 2 NON-math classes that do NOT want Administration 3 - digital by Friday, April 16th
  • Semester 2 math heavy classes that want Administration 3 - digital by Friday, April 23rd
  • Semester 1 students that want Administration 2 or 3 by Friday, April 23rd



HCPSS Advanced Placement Window Planning/Recommendations

•       There are 3 administrations of each of the 34 exams.  College Board controls, day, time, and format.  Based on what we know about the exams and the semesterized schedule HCPSS has made recommendations.

•       Administration 1 – All exams are in person on paper and are recommended for all Semester 1 classes.  This is the default date in the AP Portal.

•       Administration 2 – All math based and language exams are in person on paper (17 in total).  All others are at home, taken digitally.  This administration is recommended for all Semester 2 math based classes.

•       Administration 3 – All exams are at home, taken digitally EXCEPT language exams.  This administration is recommended for all Semester 2 NON-math based classes and language exams. 

•       All self-study students are currently scheduled for Administration 1.  If they would like to move to Administrations 2 or 3 they need to email Ms. Covington.

For a complete list in table form click



Students can make as many online payments during the window of registration as necessary thus creating an individualized payment plan for multiple exams.  Any payment made by check must be for the full amount and payable to Centennial HS.  There is a 4% handling fee for online payments.

Fee Reduction

Economic issues should not prevent a student from taking an AP exam.  College Board allows fee reductions for students with acute financial need.  Additionally, there are Howard County funds that provide assistance.  Students who are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches (under the National School Lunch Act) qualify for fee reductions for each exam they take.  To apply for any financial aid, complete first box of the invoice.  If you do not qualify for one of the College Board approved aides, but are experiencing financial hardship, please contact Mrs. Covington directly.

Late Testing (May 18th – 21st)

If you need to schedule an exam during the Late Testing interval, contact Mrs. Covington as soon as possible.  The primary reason for Late Testing is for students who are taking two exams that are scheduled for the same session, for example French Language and Computer Science Principles.  There are additional approved circumstances under which Late Testing (with an alternative form of the exam) can be arranged.  Some of these circumstances require additional fees.  Since there are often conflicts with graduation events, seniors should consider their schedules very carefully before requesting Late Testing.


Students who cancel their exam registration will receive a full refund.  Refunds will be processed after May 28th.


Services for Student with Disabilities (SSD) are available to students with documented disabilities.  If you have a disability but have no yet documented it with College Board, please contact your school counselor or Ms. McKechnie in Guidance/Student Services immediately.


Mrs. Andrea Covington

AP Coordinator

(410) 313-2856


Advanced Placement Overview

The AP Program currently offers more than 30 courses across multiple subject areas. Each course is developed by a committee composed of college faculty and AP teachers, and covers the breadth of information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course.

AP courses are taught by highly qualified high school teachers who use the AP Course Descriptions to guide them. The Course Description for each discipline outlines the course content, describes the curricular goals of the subject, and provides sample examination questions. While the Course Descriptions are a significant source of information about the course content on which the AP Exams will be based, AP teachers have the flexibility to determine how this content is presented.

Centennial High School is proud to offer a wide range of AP courses to students in all 4 grade levels. Students interested in taking AP courses should look at the Course Catalog for options or speak with their Guidance Counselor. On this page, students and parents can find information about Advanced Placement Courses offered by College Board and taught at CHS.



College Board: Helpful Links

Reasons to take Advanced Placement Courses

Stand out in College Admissions

College application season can be an anxious time for you, your family and just about everyone who cares about you. You’ve worked hard and done your best, but how do you know you’ve got the academic experience that colleges are looking for?

· By making the decision to take an AP course, you’re letting colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. AP courses signal to admissions officers that you’ve undertaken the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer. They see that you’ve challenged yourself with college-level course work and expectations, and have refined your skills to meet these expectations. In the increasingly competitive admissions process, this knowledge can be very valuable.

· AP courses offer admissions officers a consistent measure of course rigor across high schools, districts, states and countries — because all AP teachers, no matter where they’re teaching, have to provide a curriculum that meets college standards. So when admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they have a good understanding of what you experienced in a particular class and how well it prepared you for the increased challenges of college.

Courses Offered

· Art III: Portfolio Development - AP

· Art IV: Personal Dir in Art Studio - AP

· Art History

· Biology

· Calculus AB

· Calculus C/Multivariate Calculus

· Chemistry

· Chinese IV - AP Chinese Lang & Culture

· Comparative Government & Politics

· Computer Science III

· English 11

· English 12

· Environmental Science

· European History

· French V - AP French Language & Culture

· French Literature

· German IV - AP German Language & Culture

· Government & Politics

· Human Geography

· Humanities II AP (Govt/Pol)

· Humanities III AP (SS)

· Humanities III AP (Eng.)

· Humanities IV AP (Eng.)

· Microeconomics/Macroeconomics

· Music Theory II

· Photography III: Personal Dir in Photo-AP

· Photography II: Portfolio Dev- AP

· Physics C: Mechanics

· Physics I and Physics II

· Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

· Psychology

· Spanish Literature

· Spanish V - AP Spanish Language

· Statistics

· United States History

· World History