“Tests are $5 for me,” said senior Kyle Hefner, “It makes me feel like AP Tests aren’t as important and my parents paid for my four tests this year anyways.”
Senior Kimberly Chau has a different view on AP test costs. She said, “Prices are ridiculous, just too much considering I paid $455 for five tests. I didn’t get the test discount because I always went to the office on days Gall wasn’t there. I think that the $5 is not fair. I think 50% off seems more reasonable. You could subtract $400 from what I paid and what I would pay would still be double what price reduced people are paying who bought the same five tests.”
Kimberly referred to the price discount that some students were eligible for this year. Last year, Costa Mesa High School gave a discount of an entire test, $91, to people who were taking three or more. This year people taking three or more AP tests received $25 off per test to help them with the financial burden. The stipulation to this discount though was going and personally talking to Mr. Gall, who is in-charge of all things AP testing at Mesa.
Mckenzie Soldin expressed her opinion towards AP tests. “I think it’s unfair that the ones who have to pay the full price don’t get as much as a discount as those who get their price reduced. I had to pay $273 for three tests where as someone else would’ve only paid $15. That’s a huge gap and it’s hard to get that money. It’s hard because the people that have to pay full price have so much more pressure to pass because they spent so much money.”
Audrey Nguyen added, “The price is a bit high. A few years earlier, it was a bit cheaper. With siblings taking tests as well, it’s an even bigger burden on the person paying (in my case, my parents). But considering that you are most likely going to get college credit if you pass, meaning less classes to take in college, the price of an AP test pales in comparison to college tuition. That being said, I’d say the price isn’t too bad! Basically, the $91 for an AP test is paying for a college class.”
Math teacher, Miss Cross explained that “AP tests cost so much, but compared to taking a similar class in college to get credit, they can be seen as cheaper in comparison.” She said that if you think about it, AP tests from all over the world are graded within a week, and the selected teachers had to be flown in by Collegeboard to grade them all.
Finally, this year, other lesser-known fees are being applied. Besides the $91 (or $5) cost, if students not show up or cancel at the last minute, they will be billed a $16 processing fee for their unused test to be mailed back to Collegeboard.