Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

You can register through the College Board's website. Links to the registration portal are included on our "Summer 2023 Registration and Policies" page. You can pay with a credit card or we will accept a school district purchase order. You must provide a copy of the purchase order to reserve a spot in a course. We then send the purchase order, along with an invoice, to your school for payment. We can only guarantee spots to those who pay in full!

When is the last day to register for a workshop?

Class space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The early registration deadline is 5 p.m. on May 15, 2023 for all workshops!
After that time, if space remains available, you can register for an additional $50 rush processing fee until the Friday prior to your workshop at noon.

Materials, supplies and copies are handled weeks in advance, and SMU will incur rush fees for processing and shipping of necessary course materials after May 15, 2023.

Why is my registration pending?

You are in the queue for this course however, we are still waiting on a purchase order from your school district. Once we receive a purchase order, you will receive an email confirmation stating that you have been enrolled in the course.

Is there a downloadable registration form?

All registration is online through the College Board registration system. Links can be found on our "Summer 2023 Course Offerings" page.

What happens if I need to cancel my registration completely?

If it is necessary to cancel your registration, a $50 fee will be withheld from your refund before May 15, 2023. No refunds will be given after the registration deadline (May 15, 2023, at 5 p.m.).

If I must cancel, can another teacher attend in my place?

Yes, substitutions from the same school district, with a completed registration form, are permitted up to five business days prior to the start of the Institute. However, if you request a substitution after the early registration deadline and your sub will be enrolling in a different course, a $50 rush fee will be assessed, as different course materials will need to be ordered (same as a late registrant).

Where/when is the Institute being held?

All workshops will be meet M-Th; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Weeks 3 will be virtual. Weeks1 and 2 will be held in-person on the SMU campus in Dallas, TX. Attendance for all 30 contact hours is required to receive a College Board certificate.

What should I bring?

Please click on the link for your course on the course offerings page to see if your lead consultant requests that you bring any materials. You may also want to have available your own writing utensil, notepad or laptop . You will receive all College Board materials digitally.

If you need breakfast or coffee in the morning, please make sure to stop on your way in. Please dress comfortably and appropriately for a casual, educational environment. While it may be sweltering outside, you could need a jacket inside the air conditioned classrooms. Also, consider bringing change for the vending machines if you wish a snack or beverage throughout the day.

Only registered participants are allowed in the classrooms. We do not provide facilities for guests, children or pets during the Institute.

Do I need to pay extra for parking?

No, parking is included in your registration fee. You will be responsible for ensuring you are parked in the assigned lot and properly displaying your parking permit. Please observe all state and local traffic and parking regulations.

Is lunch provided?

Yes, for in-person classes! Your class will be assigned a 40-minute time slot for lunch each day. Lunch will be served in the SMU dining hall. Your class will also be assigned a 10-minute break mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Should you wish snacks or beverages throughout the day, please bring them from home or bring change for the vending machines. See below for more information.

What if I have special dietary needs?

The SMU Dining Services provide a wide variety of choices and are accommodating to many dietary needs. While an on-campus lunch is provided for your convenience, you are welcome to go off-campus during your 40-minute lunch break or bring a meal from home, if you prefer.

Where should I stay?

Many hotels in the area offer discounted rates to SMU visitors. Click here for full details, contact information, and rates for area hotels. Please note: All participants must pay for hotel lodging independently of class tuition. We are unable to bill hotel costs.

What is there to see/do in the area?

SMU is located in the heart of Dallas. Mockingbird Station and NorthPark Mall are just moments away and afford great dining, entertainment and shopping opportunities. Numerous sporting arenas are within minutes of the hotel and SMU-in-Plano campus.Dallas offers enriching cultural experiences at the SMU's Meadows Museum, The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Museum of Art, The Sixth Floor Museum and many others! The home of the Texas Rangers is located less than an hour away in Arlington.

How do I get my certificate?

Certificates are issued on the last day of the Institute to participants who have attended all class meetings and have paid in full. If you are unable to attend all contact hours for your course, we can prepare a letter for you that verifies the hours you did attend in lieu of the official certificate. Replacement certificates to verify a previous year’s attendance are subject to a $10 administrative fee if the records are still available.

What should I know about TEA reimbursement?

Please visit for updates related to the AP/IB Incentive program. District personnel with AP/IB program responsibilities may wish to join the AP/IB Incentive listserv. To join the listserv, visit and select AP-IB-Incentives from the drop-down menu.

For more information about the Texas AP/IB Incentive Program, please contact TEA staff by email at, or by telephone at 512-463-9581, with any questions related to the Texas AP/IB Incentive Program.

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