Pre-College Assessments Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Students take AP exams after having completed the corresponding AP course at their high school. You may already know that AP courses can help you acquire the skills and habits you will need to be successful in college. You will improve your writing skills, sharpen your problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits. There are 34 courses from which to choose, but very few schools offer all of these. Check with your school counselor to see which ones your school offers and how they may relate to your future goals.

Most four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, you will have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.

AP credit is awarded differently at different schools, so be sure to check with the ones you are considering. Ask about the score you must earn and how the credit is given (some schools excuse students from requirements after earning a certain AP exam score; others only award elective-type credit and do not allow AP exam scores to replace required courses). Knowing the policy at each school will help you see just how much money you may save by entering college with credits already under your belt. It is worth a little research; each credit you bring with you to college is equal to a class that you do not have to pay!

Consider an example: You take four AP courses during high school and score 3’s on the AP exams. The college you will be attending next year awards credit for scores of 3 and above. With four classes already earned through AP exam credit, you could feasibly graduate a full semester early.

How much money would that save you and your family?

AP credit policies is regularly updated for the vast majority of U.S. colleges and universities: http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp

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