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NEWS RELEASES 2005-06 :: APRIL 6, 2006


North Carolina students taking an Advanced Placement examination this May have an additional tool to help them prepare. AP exam reviews are now offered free of charge through the NC Virtual Public School.

Students can register for an online AP review at These reviews offer students help with test-taking strategies, samples of student work and practice tests and are being provided through a partnership of the NC Virtual School and the Florida Virtual School.

AP exams are developed by the College Board to measure students' mastery of college-level coursework offered in 35 subject areas through the Advanced Placement program. The exams include both open-ended responses as well as multiple choice questions.

"In 2005, more than 34,000 North Carolina students took AP exams," said State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee. "This new study tool will help more of our students prepare to earn scores that can provide them college credit or advanced course placement at the university level."

State Superintendent June Atkinson noted that the free price tag is especially helpful. "For families preparing to pay for college in the next year or so, any cost savings is welcome," she said. "I encourage students to make use of this free service, and wish them well on their AP exams."

Access to Advanced Placement courses is important as an indicator of future college success. Students who take these college-level courses are more likely to complete their bachelor's degree in four years or less.

The establishment of the North Carolina Virtual Public School was approved by the NC State Board of Education in fall 2005. The first director of NCVPS was hired in January 2006 and is building its program in preparation to provide online learning options to students throughout the state. The North Carolina Virtual Public School is currently located at 21 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709; 919.807.3632.



About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.