Advanced Placement (AP)

What is AP?

Advanced Placement courses can change your life. Through college-level AP courses, you enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school. Through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced placement at most of the nation’s colleges and universities in 28 other countries. College credit can be earned through an AP course by receiving a 3 or higher on the AP exam. AP college credit can be transferred to any college in the US. Please know that individual colleges and universities grant course credit and placement differently. Contact the college of your interest for their specific AP policy.

Why Take an AP Course?

Advanced Placement courses demand skills that can lead to success in college. You’ll have the opportunity to develop the writing skills, problem-solving techniques, and study habits that are expected of college students. Plus, taking rigorous AP courses demonstrates your maturity, willingness to push yourself intellectually, and commitment to academic excellence, which can help you stand out in the college admissions process.

Are there Pre-requisites?

Advanced Placement courses are challenging and some instructors expect you to have a certain amount of background knowledge.  Before embarking on an AP course you should check the department’s web page for recommendations.  It’s never too early to start talking to your counselor about taking an AP class because they do not always run every year, and you may need to take a class or two to be ready for some AP Courses. A solid 4 year plan is your best bet to getting all the AP Classes you want.  

For more information talk to your counselor or visit: apstudent.collegeboard.org/home