Everything you need to know to plan for your AP exams: test dates, how to register, score information, and study tools.

AP Quick Facts

Frequency once/year in May
Number of APs 38
Cost $92 per test
Max. Score 5

What is Advanced Placement and why is it important?

AP® tests are college-level exams on specific subjects and are 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, earning college credit can mean an overall lower college tuition bill. 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 AP tests that cover a range of subjects from Biology to European History to Music Theory. There are currently over 38 AP test options, though few high schools offer classes in every subject. Want to know the full list? We're glad you asked. See the full list of AP subjects.

How are the APs scored?

AP tests 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 are AP tests?

APs are administered every year during a two-week period in May. View the 2017 AP exam schedule.

When do AP scores come out?

AP scores are released each year in early July.

Do AP scores matter?

AP scores won’t affect your high school GPA or your chances of college admission. (The fact that you took AP courses when they were available is a different story!) But good AP scores can earn you college credit. Just remember 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 AP prep solutions for every student and every budget.