Advanced Placement (AP)

What is Advanced Placement (AP)

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Are you ready for a unique learning experience that will help you succeed in college? Each year, students around the world who want to learn and achieve at the highest level become AP students. Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admissions process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.

Why Participate?

With more than 30 courses and exams across multiple subject areas, AP offers something for everyone. Here are just a few reasons to sign up:

Earn College Credit and Advanced Placement

  • Receive recognition by more than 90 percent of colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries, which grant credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam grades.
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  • Have time to move into upper-level courses in your field of interest, pursue a double major, or study abroad.

  • Design a college experience that suits you and gives you the flexibility to get the most out of your college years.


Stand Out in the College Admissions Process
  • Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.

  • Show your willingness to take the most rigorous courses available to you.

  • Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.

Gain Skills that Will Help You Succeed in College
  • Get a head start on college-level work.

  • Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.

  • Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous coursework.


Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons
  • Be part of a community of students and educators who are passionate, curious, and committed to academic excellence

  • Engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively

  • Take courses that are developed by leading professors to reflect the level of learning happening at colleges throughout the country


AP Scholar Awards

Each year, the College Board recognizes high school students who have demonstrated college level achievement through multiple AP courses and exams. Some of the awards and their requirements are as follows:

  • AP Scholar: Granted to students who receive grades of 3.0 or higher on three or more AP Exams on full-year courses (or the equivalent).

  • AP Scholar with Honor: Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3.0 or higher on four or more of these exams.

  • AP Scholar with Distinction: Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3.0 or higher on five or more of these exams on full-year courses (or the equivalents).

  • National AP Scholar: Granted to students in the United States who receive an average grade of at least 4.0 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 4.0 or higher on eight or more of these exams (or the equivalent).


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