AP, IB exams free for GISD students

Did you know the average three-credit hour class at a four-year Texas public university costs $1,500? Garland ISD offers several opportunities to start saving money during high school. In addition to dual credit classes, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) can also reduce the number of college courses needed.

The district began paying for all AP and IB exams in 2015-16. 

“Fees can range from $17-120,” said Advanced Academics Administrator Kristyn Edney. “This may not be affordable. We are excited to give every student the chance to both save money now and in college.”

Of the 5,956 AP exams taken in 2014-15, nearly 40 percent yielded a 3 or higher, which can be exchanged for college credit. For this reason, GISD’s Board of Trustees approved the funds to pay for tests moving forward. There are no restrictions to take advantage of this free opportunity. Simply register for AP tests via campus websites. 

“For the past couple years, we have focused on increasing our participation and passing rates,” commented Edney. “Student success can be credited to our amazing AP teachers, as well as several campus and district initiatives.”