As you continue your learning in all of your classes, we would like to share information from the College Board regarding AP examinations.  The College Board’s Coronavirus webpage provides valuable information and is updated as information is released.  At this time, we do not have any information other than what is listed on the College Board’s Coronavirus webpage. 

  • Here are the main points about AP testing that CollegeBoard has released so far:
  • There will NOT be any face-to-face AP exams this year
  • Students will take AP exams at home
  • Exams will be 45 minutes
  • Exams will NOT contain multiple-choice questions
  • Exams will be administered online
  • Students will be able to take the exam on one of two separate dates to be announced for at-home testing by CollegeBoard on  April 3, 2020.
  • Exams will be assessing a reduced scope of content, content that would “typically” have been covered before March
  • Students will have the option of canceling their exam(s), and CB will waive the $40.00/exam late fee they would have charged the school.



Advanced Placement (AP) Information

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The Advanced Placement Program, administered by The College Board, allows students to participate in college level courses and possibly earn college credit while still in high school. Secondary schools and colleges cooperate in this program to give students the opportunity to show mastery in college-level courses by taking the AP exam in May of each school year.

View the AP Course offerings at DGS here.

Conquer your Exam - this site has the 2020 exam schedule with links to test prep resources for each exam. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of taking AP courses?  
The main advantage of taking an AP course is advanced preparation for college. Additionally, students who score well on AP exams may receive college credit while still in high school. The AP exams are given every year in May. Scores are reported to the colleges designated by the student and range from 1 (no recommendation) to 5 (extremely qualified). Each college determines the scores to be accepted for credit. Colleges may award three, and sometimes six, hours of credit per test. It is the responsibility of the student to check with the colleges in which they are interested in to see if they accept AP exams for credits.

What is the difference between an Honors and AP class?  
AP classes are college level courses that are more challenging and rigorous. AP classes require energetic, involved, and motivated students.

Why should I take an AP class? What will it do to my GPA?
Students who succeed in AP courses generally do well in college as a result of rigorous academic preparation. AP classes are weighted on a 5.0 scale. It is not advised to take numerous AP courses without serious consideration and teacher recommendations. Doing poorly in an AP course will affect your GPA.

What AP courses/exams does Downers Grove High School offer?
Biology, Chemistry, Physics C Mechanics, Physics C E&M, Environmental Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition , Government and Politics, European History, U.S. History, Microeconomics, Psychology, Calculus AB/BC, Statistics, Computer Science, French, German, Spanish, Music Theory,  AP Studio Art.

How much does it cost to take an AP course?
If you elect to take the AP examination in the spring, the fee is $98 per exam for 2019. Students may qualify for financial assistance from The College Board if necessary. Please see your school counselor to see if you qualify.

If I take an AP course, do I have to take the exam?
No. We recommend you discuss this with your AP teacher. Furthermore, if you do poorly on the exam, your score will not adversely affect your chances of college admittance (but doing poorly in the course will.)


2020 AP Exam Schedule

Week 1

Session #1 - 11:00 am

Session #2 - 1:00 PM

Session #3 - 3:00 PM


May 11, 2020

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

United States Government and Politics


May 12, 2020


Calculus AB

Calculus BC




May 13, 2020


English Literature and Composition

European History


May 14, 2020




May 15, 2020


United States History

Computer Science A


Week 2

Session #1 - 11:00 am Session #2 - 1:00 Pm Session #3 - 3:00 PM


May 18, 2020



Environmental Science


May 19, 2020





May 20, 2020

German Language and Culture

English Language and Composition



May 21, 2020
French Language and Culture    


May 22, 2020



Spanish Language and Culture

Department Presentations

Important Dates for AP Testing

Students will receive information about AP Exams in their AP classes.

AP Test Registration
Monday, September 16, 2019 - Friday, November 15, 2019

AP Exam Dates:
May 11 - 22, 2020

If you have any questions, please contact the Downers Grove South College and Career Center.