• Advanced Placement

    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 5 years. We currently offer 24 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?

    Click on the links below to see how a representative sample of colleges allow students to apply AP credits to their college curriculum:

    Portland Community College (Community College)

    Oregon State University (Public Four-Year College/University)

    Lewis & Clark College (Private Four-Year College/University)


    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 and Spanish.
    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.


AP Quick Links

AP Courses at Wilson

  • AP Studio Art: Drawing
    AP Studio Art: 2-D
    AP Studio Art: 2-D Photography
    AP Studio Art: Ceramics
    AP Art History
    AP English Language &
    AP English Literature &
    AP Calculus AB
    AP Calculus BC
    AP Statistics
    AP Environmental Science
    AP Biology
    AP Chemistry
    AP Physics 1
    AP Physics 2
    AP Microeconomics
    AP Macroeconomics
    AP Comparative Government
       and Politics
    AP U.S. Government
       and Political Science
    AP World History
    AP Psychology
    AP Human Geography
    AP French Language
    AP Spanish Language

  • AP Exam Registration

    Wilson Testing Coordinators
    Kari Smith Haight
    Meg Merril
    phone: (503) 916-5280 x75203
    Wilson Main Office

    Mandatory AP Pre-Registration, Wednesday, April 19 & 20 During Tutor Time

    Last Names Beginning With A-M: Wednesday, April 19
    Last Names Beginning With N-Z: Thursday, April 20

    Students who are registered for AP exams must meet in the cafeteria during Tutor Time on Wednesday, April 19, or Thursday, April 20, to complete pre-registration forms.  Pre-registration must be completed for each of your exams prior to May.

    AP Exams: May 1-12, 2017

    Online registration for AP exams is closed.


    • February 17: applications for accommodations for AP exams
    • March 3: registration for AP exams

    Please review the instructions carefully before registering. A copy of the instructions is also available in the Testing Office. You may only register once and you will not be able to make changes online.

    Registration Instructions


    • Note that because AP exams are being held at multiple locations around Portland this year, it is not possible to sign up for more than one exam per day. If there are conflicts (for example, if you want to take Chemistry and Psychology, which are held on the same day but at different locations), you will sign up separately for "Late Exams," at no extra cost. Instructions are below.
    • Also note that World Languages will not be offered at late testing dates, so if you have a conflict involving a world language subject, sign up for the world language test now and sign up for the other test via late registration Instructions are below.

    There are three steps to register for AP exams:

    1. Go to the Wilson online registration site, log in using the student's apps4pps account and follow the instructions there. If you don't know the student account name or password for apps4pps, see Linda Campillo in the Library or David Rose in room 7 (or ask staff in the main office to call David if he's not in his office).
    2. Once you receive the AP Registration confirmation email, pay online at schoolpay.com (via credit or debit card); scroll down or search until you see "Wilson High School Advanced Placement exam fee 2017". You may also pay in person at the Wilson Bookkeeper’s office in Room 149 via cash, check, or card) Each exam is $63.
    3. Print out the forms attached to your confirmation email, sign where appropriate and turn them in to the Testing Coordinators office in the main office at Wilson.

    AP Exam Schedule Conflicts?

    If you find you want to take two AP exams that are offered on the same day, sign up for the one you want to take later using this form. Fill out the form, attach a check for $63, and turn it in to the Testing Coordinators.

    Fee Waivers

    Exam fees will be waived for students on free or reduced lunch. Financial assistance is also available for students who do not receive  free or reduced lunch. To request a fee waiver OR assistance, complete a Financial Assistance form and return it with your AP exam registration to the Testing Coordinators.

    Scoring well on AP Exams can save thousands of dollars in college costs later. Don’t let the cost stand in your way. We’re here to help!


    To request testing accommodations, contact Testing Coordinators Meg Merrill and Kari Smith Haight. Their office is inside the main office at Wilson.


    Students will need to provide their own transportation to the testing location. Because parking at and around the testing sites may be  extremely limited, we encourage you to do one of the following:

    • carpool
    • get dropped off
    • use public transportation

    According to the PPS AP Coordinators students should plan on exams taking 3.5 hours. Some exams may take less time but this is the general rule. If you have questions specific to the testing, call (503 916 5280 x75203) or email Wilson Testing Coordinators Kari Smith-Haight (ksmithhaight@pps.net) and Meg Merrill (mmerrill@pps.net), or visit them in the Testing Coordinators' office in the main office at Wilson. If you received financial assistance for the exam, remember, if you do not show for the exam you will be charged the full rate.

    AP Exam Arrival Time:

    • Arrival time for morning tests is 7:30am
    • Arrival time for afternoon tests is 11:30am (except: 1:30 arrival time for Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism)

    Any student arriving after 8am or noon, respectively, will not be allowed to sit for their exam.

    Excusing Absences Due to Testing

    • Morning Exams: Students taking a morning exam are excused from their morning classes but are expected back to Wilson following their exam.
    • Afternoon Exams: Students taking an afternoon exam (11:30am start time) are excused from classes after 10:45am but are expected to be at Wilson prior to the exam.
    • Your teachers and the attendance office have been notified of your exam and you do not need to bring a note if you only miss for the exam time.



    Testing Dates and Locations


    Week One

    7:30am Arrival

    11:30am Arrival

    Mon. May 1

    Location: Rice, 6433 N.E. Tillamook Ave.

    Environmental Science
    NEW Location: Leftbank Annex
    101 N. Weidler St

    NEW Location: Leftbank Annex
    101 N. Weidler St


    Tues. May 2

    Computer Science A
    NEW Location: Leftbank Annex
    101 N. Weidler St

    Spanish Language
    Franklin HS

    Art History
    Location: Rice, 6433 N.E. Tillamook Ave. 5

    Physics 1: Algebra-Based
    NEW Location: Leftbank Annex
    101 N. Weidler St

    Wed. May 3

    English LITERATURE
    & Composition
    NEW Location: Leftbank Annex
    101 N. Weidler St

    Japanese Language & Culture
    Location: Benson HS

    Physics 2: Algebra-based
    Location: Franklin HS

    Thur. May 4

    US Gov't & Politics
    Location: Convention Center

    Chinese Language & Culture
    Location: Benson  

    Fri. May 5

    German Language
    Location: Rice School, 6433 N.E. Tillamook Ave.

    US History
    Location: Convention Center

    Studio Art
    Portfolio due to AP teacher (5pm)

    Week Two

    7:30am Arrival

    11:30am Arrival

    Mon. May 8

    Location: University of Portland, Buckley Ctr
    5000 N Willamette Blvd

    Music Theory
    Location: Rice, 6433 N.E. Tillamook Ave.

    Physics C:  Mechanics
    Location: Rice, 6433 N.E. Tillamook Ave.

    1:30 Arrival Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
    Location: Rice, 6433 N.E. Tillamook Ave.

    Tue. May 9


    Calculus AB
    Location: University of Portland, Buckley Ctr
    5000 N Willamette Blvd

    Calculus BC
    Location: University of Portland, Buckley Ctr
    5000 N Willamette Blvd

    Spanish LITERATURE & Culture
    Location: Rice, 6433 N.E. Tillamook Ave.

    Location: Rice, 6433 N.E. Tillamook Ave.

    Wed. May 10

    English LANGUAGE & Composition
    Location: Location: University of Portland, Buckley Ctr
    5000 N Willamette Blvd

    Location: Rice, 6433 N.E. Tillamook Ave.

    Thur. May 11

    Comparative Gov’t. and Politics
    Location: Rice, 6433 N.E. Tillamook Ave.

    World History
    Location: University of Portland, Buckley Ctr
    5000 N Willamette Blvd

    Location: University of Portland, Buckley Ctr
    5000 N Willamette Blvd

    Fri. May 12

    Human Geography
    Location: Location: University of Portland, Buckley Ctr
    5000 N Willamette Blvd

    Location: Rice, 6433 N.E. Tillamook Ave.

    European History
    Location: Rice, 6433 N.E. Tillamook Ave.


    What to Bring to your AP Exam:

    • Picture ID is required This can be a government or school-issued photo ID.
    • Several sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) for all multiple-choice answer sheets.
    • Pens with black or dark blue ink for completing areas on the exam booklet cover and the free-response questions.
    • A watch (in case your exam room does not have a clock that you can see easily).
    • A ruler or straightedge if you are taking an AP® Physics Exam.
    • Your social security number for identification (optional). If you provide it, the number will appear on your AP® Score Report.
    • Calculators: If you are taking Biology, you can ONLY use a simple four-function calculator with square root. AP Calculus, Chemistry, Statistics, and Physics students need to be responsible for bringing up to two approved calculatorsand a ruler or straightedge if taking AP Physics. Calculators are not provided.


    What Not to Bring to your AP Exam Room:

    • Cell phones, digital cameras, personal digital assistants (PDAs), BlackBerry Smartphones, Bluetooth-enabled devises, MP3 players, email/messaging devices, or any other electronic or communication devices. If cell phones are brought they will be collected and returned to you after the exam.
    • Rulers and straightedges (except as noted above).
    • Scratch paper (notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets).
    • Computers (except as noted for students with disabilities), or calculators (except as noted below).
    • Watches that beep or have an alarm.
    • Portable listening or recording devices (even with headphones) or photographic equipment.
    • Clothing with subject-related information.


    Food and Drink Rule:

    You are not allowed to eat or drink during exams. You may bring a snack, and something to drink, in a separate bag (not your backpack) to set underneath your desk and eat during break.

    Parents and Transporters:

    Morning exams usually end by noon. Afternoon exams may go as late as 4:00pm. Students are required to arrive no later than 7:30am for the morning exam, and no later than 11:30am for the afternoon exam. Students who arrive late may not be able to take the exam. Students will not be dismissed until an exam has officially ended. If you play a sport, or have a job, it is your responsibility to inform your coach or employer of your AP® obligation.

    Speaking of location, please encourage students to make a trial run to their test site prior to exam day!

    How To Get Your AP Scores

    AP scores will be available online beginning in early July. They will not be mailed to you. Before you can access your  AP Scores, you’ll need to sign up for a College Board account if you don't already have one. We encourage you to sign up for a College Board account as soon as possible (be sure to make a note of your username and password). Provide the same information on both your College Board account and your AP answer sheet. You may already have an account—try signing in to confirm.

    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.

  • AP Exam Study Resources

    There are many ways to help you prepare for the AP Exams, starting with the Wilson Library, where you will find study guides available for many of the exams. Looking for AP Study Guides? The Library has copies of guides for many.

    Following are some websites with free preparation information for the exams. While this is not an endorsement of the sites, or a ranking of one site over the other, we hope you find them helpful!

    College Board AP Prep: College Board is the organization that administers the AP Exam. This is a free website and does not require login.


    • Free-Response Questions: Hone your essay-writing and problem-solving skills with previously administered free-response questions.
    • Study Skills and Test-Taking Tips: Collection of tips to help you meet the demands of the AP course and exam.
      • Foreign Language
      • Math and Science
      • History and Social Science

    College Board AP Central: The site offers access to AP Exam overviews, as well as sample multiple-choice questions, free-response questions, and portfolio samples for AP Studio Art. The direct link to general information for students is at https://apstudent.collegeboard.org.

    AP Study Notes: This site offers, free study guides and notes, practice quizzes, cram guides and more.

    Cram.com: Cram.com offers free flashcards, study guides and games to help you study for your AP Exam. Type your AP subject into their search engine, to find a selection of resources. There is a mobile app as well.

    Test Prep Preview: This site offers information about taking the AP test and free practice tests.

    Spark Notes: This is a free website but does require you to create a log-in. Their website has information for quick reviews, in-depth study sessions, and AP test taking practices. Review materials help you make sense of the most confusing material and testing software will help you pinpoint your weaknesses and tackle them effectively. Their AP Test Centers offer quick reviews of specific subject areas, full course reviews for select subjects, and diagnostic testing with full explanations to help you determine your study needs. Tests covered include:

    • Biology
    • Calculus AB & BC
    • Chemistry
    • English Language
    • English Literature
    • European History
    • Psychology
    • U.S. Government
    • U.S. History
    • World History

    Cliffs Notes: Cliffs Notes provides links to a variety of AP test articles. Click the High School link.

    Test Frenzy: AP Practice offers links to practice tests and study resources for many AP subjects including:

    • Art History
    • Biology
    • Calculus AB & BC
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • English Language
    • English Literature
    • Environmental Science
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • Physics B & C
    • Psychology
    • Statistics
    • U.S. Government
    • U.S. History
    • World History

    Stat Trek: Stat Trek has a forty-question multiple choice AP Statistics test that can be scored automatically. In addition, it has a tutorial on AP Statistics topics and a list of formulas.

    ScienceGeek.net: For students in advanced chemistry planning to take the AP test, ScienceGeek.net: offers interactive study guides and review questions on AP chemistry topics.

    AP Calculus Practice Exams: This website, hosted by the University of Houston’s Mathematics Department, has five different printable versions of the full 2006, 2008, and 2009 AB and BC tests along with a key for each version.

    AP History Study Notes:  This site offers study guides, practice quizzes, and vocabulary for AP US and World History.

    American History AP Quizzes:  This site provides a variety of online multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank practice quizzes for over forty different topics of US history. Also includes a 76-page review outline.

    Learn AP Physics: This website has video lessons and sample problems with solutions on AP Physics topics.


    Free Test Online:  Tests for AP Physics B+C; Calculus AB+BC; Statistics

    Quizlet: This free website (mobile app also available) offers flashcards, tests and study games. It is good for AP exam preparation and for AP class study help. The site has support for all AP subjects. Login is not required, but creating a free login provides added benefit and features.

    AP Practice exams:  Free AP practice tests, great AP resources such as notes, outlines, study guides and exam review.