Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada that offers college-level courses and exams to high school students. AP courses cover a range of subjects, from English and history to math and science, and are designed to prepare students for college-level work.
When to take the AP?
AP courses are typically taken by high school students in their junior or senior year. AP exams are administered in May of each year.
What is covered in AP?
Each AP course covers a specific subject area and is designed to be equivalent to a college-level course in that subject. Course content varies by subject, but generally includes a combination of lectures, readings, projects, and exams.
How is the AP scored?
AP exams are scored on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest score possible. Scores of 3 or higher are considered passing and may earn students college credit or advanced standing at some universities.
What is required for AP?
To take an AP course, students typically need to have completed prerequisite courses and meet certain academic standards. To take an AP exam, students must register through their school's AP coordinator and pay a fee, which varies by location.
How long is the AP?
AP exams vary in length depending on the subject area. Most exams are 2-3 hours long and include a combination of multiple-choice and free-response questions. Some exams, such as AP Studio Art, require students to submit portfolios of their work rather than take a traditional exam.