AP Scores Not Online Due to Privacy, Volume

In contrast to SAT, PSAT and SAT subject test score reporting, Advanced Placement (AP) test scores cannot be reported via online request. Although scores for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests can be accessed online two weeks following the examination, AP tests require months to process. The essay and oral portions on some language exams must be graded by experts in the corresponding field, resulting in longer processing periods. Scores are normally mailed two months after testing dates, though students can call in two weeks earlier to receive their scores for an extra $10 beyond the $84 test fee. Calls to the College Board revealed differing reasons why AP scores are not available online. One representative stated that AP scores had to be mailed “for privacy issues for the students.” He added that the AP and SAT programs were different. However, the representative said that the College Board would likely change its policy with enough student demand and add AP scores to its website. “I’m pretty sure if we got enough people to make a stir about it something would happen,” the representative said. According to an associate at the College Board’s New York regional office, the only reason AP scores are not placed online is because of the complications that the uploading and programming would cause the College Board. He said, “It’s because of convenience on our end because we are still developing many areas, so it’s just a lot of content.” At the moment, the online SAT set-up is still difficult to manage, given the two million students who take the SAT alone. The quantity of AP scores would likely be equal or greater, since students commonly sit for three or more examinations. As the world becomes more digitized, some students feel that College Board should do the same for AP scores. Joel Camacho ’08 said, “Everything’s online, from college applications to scholarship applications to submitting any sort of government form. Besides being [in fashion], it’s a necessity.” The posting and sending of scores online would eliminate the need to call in for replacement score sheets, which currently require a credit card, $15 for standard mail and another $10 for rushed delivery. Added Camacho, “It makes perfect sense not to stop sending out the regular mail per se, but to also include an Internet score for future reference.” Kyle Ofori ’09 prefers the current system since mailed scores feel more official. “I got mine mailed to me and I liked that because it was kind of an occasion. Like, we all gathered around a table and then we opened it and it was a celebration,” he said.