Wilson High School has a long-standing tradition of providing academic opportunities that challenge students to achieve excellence in the classroom. The Advanced Placement (AP) program at Wilson demonstrates that commitment and our successes put us on par with the strongest college prep high schools in Oregon and the nation.
Wilson High School has outperformed both the State of Oregon and the Global average for AP exam scores in each of the last six years. We currently offer 25 AP courses.
Why Take AP Courses?
- Rigorous coursework provides thorough preparation for post-secondary education.
- Nationally recognized AP courses make your transcript stand out in the college admissions process.
- Students earning scores of 3 or higher often earn college-level credit and placement into advanced courses.
- AP exam scores of 3 or higher can earn you credits toward your college degree allowing you to graduate sooner and save money on college tuition.
- AP courses prepare students for the Advanced Placement International Diploma.
- AP credits are also accepted at colleges and universities in over 60 countries around the world.
How Do I Get College Credit for AP Courses?
Here is a sample of colleges allow students to apply AP credits to their college curriculum.
Advanced Placement International Diploma
In addition to the courses offered through the Advanced Placement program at Wilson, students may choose to pursue the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID). It is a globally recognized certificate for students who may plan to apply to a university outside of the United States. This includes Canada, The Americas, South Africa, Asia, and the Pacific including China, Australia, Europe and Near East South Asia. It is recognized as part of the admission process at such schools as University of British Columbia, London Metropolitan University, Royal Academy of Music, London, and University of St. Andrews, and many more. The APID is not a substitute for a high school diploma, but rather provides additional certification of outstanding academic excellence.
Similar to an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, the APID challenges a student to display exceptional achievement by taking AP Exams across several disciplines.
To earn an APID, students must earn scores of three or higher on at least FIVE AP exams
in the following content areas:
1. Two AP Exams from two different languages selected from English and/or world languages. Wilson offers AP courses in English, Spanish and French.
2. One AP Exam designated as offering a global perspective: World History, Human Geography, and Comparative Government and Politics.
3. One exam from the sciences or mathematics content areas: AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics.
4. One (or two) additional exam(s) from among any content areas except English and world languages. These include the content areas already described as well as history and social sciences and the arts: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, US History, World History, U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, Psychology, Music Theory, Studio Art: Drawing, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Ceramics.
AP Courses at Wilson
AP Studio Art: Drawing
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design (Photography)
AP Studio Art: 3-D Design (Ceramics)
AP Art History
AP English Language &
AP English Literature &
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Music Theory
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics Part 1
AP Physics Part 2
AP Physics C: Mechanics
AP Comparative Government
AP U.S. Government
and Political Science
AP World History
AP Human Geography
AP Spanish Language
AP French Language
Cost: $70 per exam ($118 for Research Seminar), includes sample exams, mock exams, and test prep materials
Register online by October 13, 2020: www.aptestservice.com/pps
Accommodations: Students on an IEP, 504, ESL or who need other accommodations must apply online with CollegeBoard prior to October 13, 2020. Check with CollegeBoard or Abby Menashe as you may have already received them if you applied for accommodations for the PSAT or SAT previously.
Exams scheduled at the same time? Register for both exams as scheduled and the district will move one of your exams to the late exam week. You will be notified of this late date after spring break.
Financial Assistance: Financial costs should not be a barrier. Financial assistance is available. Complete a Financial Assistance form and return it with your registration. Financial assistance is available for others needing help paying the fee; complete the Financial Assistance formand submit to the office for review.
There will be no late registration or walk-in's this year so don’t delay!
All PPS students: go to the AP online exam registration site listed at the bottom of this document and follow the online instructions. Before registering, please have the following information ready; incorrect information could delay or cancel your exam registration:
- Your full name and student ID
- Your date of birth
- Your and your parent/guardian’s mailing address
- Your and your parent/guardian’s email addresses
- Your and your parent/guardian’s phone numbers
Permission: You and your parent/guardian will be asked to provide an electronic signature agreeing to two things:
- The student has permission to travel to/from the off-campus testing site(s).
- You (the student) will adhere to test security regulations as laid out in the guidelines by PPS on the registration website as well as in the College Board Bulletin for AP Students and Parents. Regulations cover the use of cell phones and other electronic equipment, food and drink and calculators.
Do you qualify for Free and Reduced priced meals? Or are you otherwise unable to pay for your exams?
- Contact your school’s AP Coordinator to discuss a fee waiver. You will be asked to obtain a parent/guardian signature on a form requesting a fee waiver. When approved you will receive a fee waiver code
- Go to the PPS AP online exam registration site listed at the bottom of this document, and use your fee waiver code to complete registration for the AP exams you wish to take.
- You will receive a follow up email confirming that your registration is complete, along with the day/time/location of your exam(s).
- **Improper use of a fee waiver code will immediately cancel your AP exam registration.
Paying for the exam? You will be prompted to pay for your exams(s) one of three ways:
- Paying with credit/debit card? Once you complete online payment, you will receive a follow up email confirming that your registration is complete, along with the day/time/location of your exam(s).
- Paying with check/money order? You will need to mail in your payment to the APTS address provided on the registration website. Your registration will be incomplete and you will not able to take your AP exams until payment is received and processed by APTS. Once payment is received by APTS, you will receive a follow up email confirming your registration is complete, along with the day/time/location of your exam(s).
- Paying with cash? please submit payment to your school’s bookkeeper. Once FULL payment is received, you will receive a follow up email confirming your registration is complete, along with the day/time/location of your exam(s). ***Until FULL payment is received, your registration will be considered incomplete and you will not be able to take the AP exam(s).
Want to take more than one AP exam? You may sign up for additional AP exams online at any time up until the February 15th registration deadline.
Need a late exam date? If you are unable to take your AP exam at the regular day and time, please contact your school’s AP Coordinator to discuss late testing options. Depending on circumstances, you may be required to pay an additional $45 fee to take a late exam.
***Remember, there are no refunds for AP exams once payment is received.***
Need to register for exams that are offered at the same time? Complete registration as normal. APTS will contact you by email with the date/time/location of the exams you have been assigned to take as a late exam.
Where are the exams held? Except for the AP Japanese and AP Chinese exams, all AP exams will be hosted at the Expo Center: 2060 N Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97217 (map). AP Japanese and AP Chinese will be hosted again at Benson.
Accommodations: Students on an IEP, 504, ESL or who need other accommodations must apply online with CollegeBoard prior to February 22nd. Check with CollegeBoard or Abby Menashe as you may have already received them if you applied for accommodations for the PSAT or SAT previously.
Ready to register? Go to www.aptestservice.com/pps
Once full payment or fee waiver code is received, you will receive a follow up email confirming your registration is complete, along with the day/time/location of your exam(s). ***Until FULL payment is received, your registration will be considered incomplete and you will not be able to take the AP exam(s).
Mandatory AP Pre-Administration, Students who have completed the online registration for AP exams must meet in the cafeteria during Tutor Time on Thursday, April 19 or Friday April 20 to complete pre-administration forms. Pre-administration must be completed for each of your exams prior to May.
Need to cancel or change an exam? If you need to cancel an exam you have already registered for or change any of your contact information, email AP Test Service directly at:firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, there are no refunds for AP exams once payment is received.
Parking: All students are encouraged to carpool, be dropped off or take mass transit to their testing location. For those who need to drive, parking vouchers will be issued upon exam completion at the Oregon Convention Center.
Leave yourself plenty of travel time. You can’t be late and traffic or parking will not be a valid excuse.
This registration process is for enrolled Wilson students only. If you are not a current PPS student, and would like to take an AP exam with PPS, please contact Anna Lortz at 503-916-3517.
How To Get Your AP Scores
AP scores will be available online beginning in early July. They will not be mailed to you. To access your scores, log in to your College Board account.
AP scores are accessible online based on your physical location when you log in; the date of availability of scores is not based on where you live or where you took the exam. Look for an email in early July at the same address you put on your AP answer sheet, reminding you how and when to access your scores. Your browser must be set to allow cookies.
To access your scores you will need your Your College Board account username and password and your AP number (or student ID number if you provided it on your AP answer sheet).
You will be able to view your entire score and score-send history. Students who wish to send additional score reports to colleges, universities and scholarship programs will be able to do so. Learn how to rush-send your scores to colleges and universities.
Watch this videos for help accessing your scores:
For additional information see more College Board score information here.