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AP Test Registration Updates/Changes


The purpose of this article is to provide an understanding of the changes that have taken place in AP test registration and identify how Michigan Virtual is involved.


Changes Impacting Students

  • Students will need to create an account on the College Board Website.
  • Students will need to join their teacher’s section on the College Board website by using the “join code” provided by their instructor. 
  • Students will have access to many instructional resources in these class sections, which can be shared with them by their instructors. 
  • Students will also need to join their local school’s Exam Only section on the College Board website.   
  • Students will need a “join code” for each AP course they are taking from their online instructor.

Changes Impacting School AP Coordinators

  • Michigan Virtual provides the instruction for their online students, but does not administer the exam.
  • You will need to create an Exam Only section on the College Board website if your school administers AP Exams to students who aren’t enrolled in an AP section at your school.
  • When you create your Exam Only section, a “Join Code” will be generated that you should give to students who are taking the AP course with Michigan Virtual.  You will not be able to order an exam for your student if they are not added to the correct “exam only” section at your local school.
    The AP Registration and Ordering table shows columns, Course Name, Section, Teacher, Student Registrations and Actions. An arrow points to the Course menu item in the top bar to show the table information. There are additionally two arrows pointing to the Exam Only text within the Teacher column.
  • Students should not be added to the roster of a teacher who is teaching the same AP course locally.
  • Exam Only sections on the College Board website will not have access to AP Classroom resources because the students will get these from their online instructor.
  • There will no longer be a need for students to bubble in the “online provider code” on their AP answer sheet as they did in years past. So long as a student has “joined” the appropriate AP section with their teacher and the Exam Only section with their local school, both parties will receive scores. 
  • Please see the AP Coordinator Manual, pg 63, for more information.
  • Review Important AP Dates by reviewing the College Board Calendar.

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.