NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: APRIL 5, 2011


With Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams coming up in May, many North Carolina parents are already looking for ways to pay for these test fees. This year, thanks to a $550,918 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, students enrolled in AP or IB courses who receive or qualify to receive free or reduced-price lunch may be able to take the tests and earn college credit for free.

"Testing fees should never stand in the way of students receiving the college credit they have earned by taking challenging AP and IB classes," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "I am pleased that North Carolina has again received this grant to help more students take these important exams."

Forty-two state education agencies earned one of the federal 2011 AP Test Reduction Grants, with individual award amounts ranging from $21,000 to $2.6 million. North Carolina has received AP Test Reduction Grants since at least 2003. AP and IB tests, which are administered by the College Board and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), can cost students $87 or more per test and many students will take more than one exam. NCDPI officials estimate that this year’s grant will help pay for exams for more than 9,400 students.

As a part of the grant, AP and IB exam coordinators will submit the necessary paperwork to the College Board for students who qualify for the fee reduction. If parents or students have questions about test fees, they should contact the AP or IB exam coordinator at the student’s school. School officials with questions about the grant should contact Vinetta Bell at 919.807.3848 or .

In 2010, 49,059 students took a total of 92,334 AP exams. The number of scores in the 3-5 range (considered high enough to qualify for college credit at most colleges and universities) was 54,807, which is a 4.2 percent increase from the 2009 results. Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses offered in 37 subject areas. For more information, visit

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 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.