After completing the setup steps in AP Registration and Ordering, the AP coordinator needs to create class sections. Class sections must be created as soon as possible, before classes begin.
Class sections are associated with an AP teacher. If you have students who will be taking an AP Exam at your school without taking the corresponding course at your school, you’ll need to create an exam only section for that subject. The class section names you use in AP Registration and Ordering will appear in AP Classroom and AP score reports. Class section names should be easily recognizable by students and educators. Be sure to name sections consistently and clearly for organizational and score reporting purposes.
Once students are associated with their class section, by enrolling through My AP, students and teachers are able to utilize AP Classroom resources, and students are included in the AP coordinator’s exam roster in AP Registration and Ordering.
Class sections can only be created for AP teachers who are authorized through AP Course Audit to teach a course.
Class sections need to be created to generate join codes (one unique join code per class section per school). Students use join codes to enroll in their class sections.
Students must be enrolled in class sections to be included in the exam roster and to access AP Classroom resources that teachers may assign. Teachers can’t start assigning AP Classroom resources until class sections are created for their classes.
Exam Only Sections
If your school administers AP Exams to students who aren’t enrolled in a course at your school, you’ll need to create an exam only section. A unique join code is generated for each exam only section you create.
Exam only sections are necessary for:
- Independent/self-study students attending your school who want to take an exam for a course they’re not enrolled in
- Students who attend another school but want to test at your school
- Homeschooled students who will be testing at your school
- Virtual school students who will be testing at your school
Only AP coordinators can create exam only sections; teachers can’t create these sections.
A unique alphanumeric join code is automatically generated for each class section or exam only section created in AP Registration and Ordering. Communicate with your school’s AP teachers to let them know when you’ve created class sections. At this point, teachers should sign in to their My AP homepage (myap.collegeboard.org) to access the join code for each class section they teach. Teachers need to share the join code with their students so they can enroll in the class sections. For a guide that provides instructions for teachers to access and provide join codes to students, download Helping Students Join Your AP Class Section.
Only AP coordinators can provide the join code to students in an exam only section. Join codes are generated per class section, not per student or per teacher. They are unique to the class sections created for your school.
For more information about class sections, exam only sections, and join codes, consult the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1.
AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1 2019-20
This manual provides detailed information about everything AP coordinators need to do from the start of the school year through the November 15 exam ordering deadline.
For Coordinators: Setup, Enrollment, and Ordering
An overview and timeline of the steps coordinators, teachers, and students need to take before the final ordering deadline.