AP (Advanced Placement) Exams

Subject: Entrance and Placement Exams

AP exams are college-level tests administered by The College Board (makers of the SAT).  The AP program is one of a few programs which enable high school students to study or test out of low-level university courses. Universities use students' AP scores for admission decisions (i.e., to identify exceptionally motivated and capable students), to help identify candidates for scholarships or honors programs, and to award course credit and determine level placement. As of 2015, the original 11 AP courses have grown to a list of 36 courses.

The College Board considers any AP examination score of 3 or higher to be a passing score. A given institution might insist on a passing score of 4 or 5 instead of 3 for some or all AP examinations, for example, or refuse to grant course credit for some or all AP subjects regardless of the student's test score.

The AP Grades that are reported to students, high schools, colleges, and universities in July are on AP's five-point scale:

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

Current AP subjects:

Art History
Calculus (AB & BC)
Chinese Language and Culture
Comparative Government & Politics
Computer Science A
Computer Science Principles
English Language & Composition
English Literature & Composition
Environmental Science
European History
French Language and Culture
German Language and Culture
Human Geography
Italian Language and Culture
Japanese Language and Culture
Music Theory
Physics 1: Algebra-based
Physics 2: Algebra-based
Physics C: Mechanics
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Research (Second part of AP Capstone program)
Seminar (First part of AP Capstone program)
Spanish Language and Culture
Spanish Literature and Culture
Studio Art (2-D, 3-D, & Drawing)
U.S. History
U.S. Government & Politics
World History