Taking AP courses shows your academic vigor and ability to tackle demanding material. On top of that, high scores on AP exams may earn you college credit.
AP Quick Facts
|Frequency||once/year in May|
|Number of APs||38|
|Cost||$92 per test|
What are the APs and why are they important?
AP® (Advanced Placement) Tests are college-level exams on specific subjects administered in May upon the completion of an AP course taken at a student's high school. At many colleges and universities, a high enough score will earn the student college credit. In some instances can mean an overall lower college tuition bill. There are currently over 30 AP test options, though few high schools offer classes in every subject. Learn more about why taking AP classes can be a smart choice.
AP tests are only offered during a two-week period in May, so if you're going to take them, you need to plan ahead.
What specifically do the APs test?
A lot. Similar to the SAT Subject Tests, there are multiple different AP tests that cover a range of subjects. There are over 30 AP test options, ranging from Biology to European History to Music History. Want to know the full list? We're glad you asked. See the full list.
How are the APs scored?
AP exams are scored on a scale of 1–5. While every college is different, most schools won't accept AP scores for credit unless you score at least a 4.
When do AP scores come out?
APs are administered every year in May, and scores are released in July.
How do I know if my AP score is good enough to earn college credit?
First know that every school is different. Some won't accept credit unless you score a 5. Some won't accept them at all. Be sure to check with your top schools to understand how they handle AP scores.
How do I register?
The APs are administered by The College Board, which also administers the SAT. However, not all AP tests are offered at every school. If you have an AP Coordinator at your school, talk to them directly about registration. If your school doesn't have an AP Coordinator, you need to call AP Services no later than March 1 to get the contact information of your closest AP Coordinator. You can find the number for AP services on the College Board website.
How can I prepare?
We can help. We have prep solutions for every student and every budget.
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