AP courses give you a head start on college while you are still in the supportive environment of a high school classroom. Taking the end-of-course AP Exam sends a powerful message to colleges and universities that you're ready for them, and can enable you to gain admission, college credit, and placement into advanced courses.

What is the Advanced Placement Program?

AP is a voluntary Programme that offers students an opportunity to take one or more college-level courses while still in High School.

AP isn't just for top students or those headed for college. AP offers something for everyone. Student can choose from 38 courses and exams in 19 subject areas, including arts, computer science, geography, government and politics, music theory, foreign languages, and more.

For inquisitive students, AP touches on a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school. Each courses is a unique learning experience in which student subjects from variety of perspectives-including their own.

What's so good about AP?

  • Gives you an edge on your college application.
  • Saves you money on college tuition.
  • Helps you develop your potential in the classroom and beyond.
  • Helps you build good study habits.
  • Helps you improve your writing skills.
  • Helps you shape your goals.
  • Challenges you, but also makes you realize you can excel if you put your mind to it.

What AP courses are available?

With 38 AP courses and exams in 19 subject areas, there is bound to be a course that inspires you. Although very few schools offer every course, if there is a course that sounds interesting to you, contact the College Board to get additional information on adding an AP course.

The 38 courses and exams:
Art History U.S. History
Biology World History
Calculus AB Human Geography
Calculus BC Italian Language and Culture(2005-06)
Chemistry Japanese Language and Culture(2006-07)
Chinese Language and Culture(2006-07) Latin Literature
Computer Science A Latin: Vergil
Computer Science AB Music Theory
Macroeconomics Physics B
Microeconomics Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
English Language and Composition Physics C: Mechanics
English Literature and Composition Psychology
Environmental Science Russian Language and Culture(TBA)
French Language Spanish Language
French Literature Spanish Liturature
German Language Statistics
Comparative Government and Politics Studio Art (Drawing Portfolio)
U.S. Government and Politics Studio Art (2-D Design Portfolio)
European History Studio Art (3-D Design Portfolio)

What is the grading system for AP Exams?

Each AP Exam is scored using a five point scale:

5 - Extremely well qualified
4 - Well qualified
3 - Qualified
2 - Possibly qualified
1 - No recommendation

An AP Exam grade of 3 or higher can qualify you for college credit at most U.S. colleges and universities.

How much do AP Exams cost?

Check with your AP teacher, coordinator, or school counselor. Fee reductions are available for low-income students.

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