We are excited that you have chosen to take on the challenge of an Advanced Placement (AP) course. AP courses offer students the opportunity to get a head start on college while in the supportive environment of a high school classroom. Students can earn college credit or placement by taking the AP exam at the end of the school year, while at the same time achieving a higher level of learning.
Taking an AP exam is optional, but we encourage students to consider the opportunity.
Please review the steps below to ensure that you are registered for your AP exam(s) or that you have communicated your desire to not take an AP exam.
Step 1: Make sure you have joined your AP class on Collegeboard
Log into the College Board MyAP site at http://myap.collegeboard.org using your College Board profile and apply the ‘Join Code’ (access code) you received from your teacher for each of your subjects. Join Codes are subject, teacher and class period specific.
College Board profiles are the same accounts used to collect prior year PSAT/NMSQT® or AP® Exam scores. Do not create a new account if you already have one.
If you have never created a College Board account, create one by clicking on ‘Create Account’ on http://myap.collegeboard.org.
All students should complete the Join Step to be able to access the free online resources for their AP® Subject.
Once you have joined the online AP® Class group, you will be prompted to complete the MyAP Registration Profile pages.
Step 2: Complete a quick Google form to communicate if you will or will not be testing.
The form is located at: https://forms.gle/4C1Lz2ZZsK86kUoX9
Please note that if you indicate on the form that you will not be testing, and you change your mind after October 30th, you may be subject to the late order fee of $40.
Step 3: Pay your exam fee online at https://helenaschools.revtrak.net/. Deadline to register and pay is Friday, October 30, 2020.
The cost of each exam is $100, except AP Seminar & AP Research costs $148. Partial fee waivers are available for students who are on free/reduced lunch. If eligible, you will select to apply the waiver in the payment portal.
If you have any questions regarding AP Exam registration and payment, please contact Helena High’s AP Coordinator: Ellaina Staldine,406-324-2224, email@example.com
More information regarding testing dates, locations and expectations will be communicated as we near the AP Exam dates.
Parents may find more information about the AP program and exams by visiting: https://parents.collegeboard.org/college-board-programs/advanced-placement-program
REGISTRATION: Registration will continue until October 7, 2020 or until testing capacity has been reached. There is a limited number of tests. Visit the RevTrak web site to pay for the exam: https://helenaschools.revtrak.net/
TEST DAY: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:30 AM
TEST LOCATION: Helena High School
STUDY GUIDES: Study guides are now available and can be picked-up outside of the counseling office on the table.
Registration information is communicated to students and parents through the following methods: Daily bulletin, email, website, HHS newsletter, and HHS Reader Board.
For more information about the registration process, please contact the counseling center at 324-2220.
WHY THE ACT IS IMPORTANT: All students take the ACT Plus Writing exam in April of their junior year. They are automatically registered for the test, so parents and students don’t need to worry about any paperwork, and the test is paid for by Montana Gear Up and the Office of Public Instruction, so a fee is not required. ACT is a National College Admissions exam that tests English, Math, Reading, and Science with an optional Writing section. This is a great opportunity for students to take a college entrance exam, at no cost, during the school day. In addition to general admissions requirements, all colleges require students to meet minimum writing and math competency standards. To enter a 4-year university within the Montana University System, high school graduates are required to meet the following standards:
See MUS admissions standards website here for more details.
TEST DAY: More details to come.
Students should bring a photo ID, pencils, and (optional) calculator.
Students should not bring any electronic devices (cell phone, iPOD, etc), backpacks, or food/drink. Please leave your cell phone at home or in your locker. You are not allowed to access your phone during breaks, so please don’t bring it with you. Any student found with a phone will be dismissed from the test, and any phone that goes off in the testing room will result in the owner’s exam score being voided and may affect other examinees in the room.
Although calculators are not required for the math test, they are allowed. We will not be providing back-up calculators for students who do not bring one to the test. Refer to your study guide or the ACT website for a list of prohibited calculators (link below). Please note that the TI-89 is the most common reason students are dismissed from the ACT for prohibited calculator use.
TEST PREP: All students will receive test preparation information from their English teacher ahead of the test. Free test prep is also available through many online sources:
AFTER THE ACT: Some students will choose to re-take the ACT and/or take the SAT. Below are the testing dates for exams given over the summer. Please note that students will not have received their scores for the April ACT test in time to know how to specifically prepare for the June ACT test, but taking it in June is an option. Want a basic description of the similarities and differences between the SAT and ACT? Check out this site.
ACT Registration: Click Here