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Advanced Placement Program Information

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Through more than 30 college-level courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them. Each AP teacher’s syllabus is evaluated and approved by college faculty from some of the nation’s leading institutions, and AP Exams are developed and scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers. AP is accepted by more than 3,800 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores (3 or better). This includes over 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States. For further information visit the College Board’s website at:


In the 2018-19 school year, the following AP courses are offered at Tesoro High School:  AP Language/Composition, AP Literature and Composition, AP American History, AP American Government/Economics, AP European History, AP Chinese V, AP French IV, AP German IV, AP Spanish IV, AP Spanish V, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus A/B, AP Calculus B/C, AP Statistics,  AP Computer Sci A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Psychology, AP Art History, AP Music Theory, AP Macroeconomics, And AP Seminar 


In 2018, Tesoro had a pass rate of 84.0%

AP Information



Tesoro only tests students who currently attend Tesoro High School.  Please contact Jaime Runyan at with further questions.


Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. Tesoro High School desires that all students take AP exams for the AP classes that they have taken. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition.


For the 2019 AP exams, students at Tesoro High School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.  Make sure your registration information is complete and accurate as this information will be printed on your AP exam answer documents and cannot be altered. 


This year each AP exam costs $100.00. Tesoro High School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. Students requiring financial assistance should contact their academic advisor at 949-234-5319 or Jaime Runyan.


Online Exam registration will begin on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 12:01 AM and end on Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM. In order to register use the link above.To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have received the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.


Tesoro High School is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 at 12:01 AM - Registration Begins
  • Thursday, Mar 7, 2019 at 12:01 AM - Registrations and payments incur a $55 late fee per order.
  • Thurs, April 11, 2019 at 11:59 PM - Registration Ends
    • Exams that have not been paid for will be cancelled and not ordered.

Please contact your academic advisor or Jaime Runyan if have any questions.