What is the AP?

AP stands for Advanced Placement courses that students can take during their high school education to gain college credit in order to be placed out of a certain class when they enter university.

AP’s are generally taken by students during the last two years of their high school academic career.  Usually, high schools require students to take AP college-level courses in order to take the AP exam.  However, there are some cases where students can study independently the topic and take the AP exam.  There are currently 34 AP courses that College Board offers, and students may choose any of the 34.   Of course, college credit can only be earned when the student do well on the AP exams.

Here is the link to the 34 possible AP subjects that students can choose from:


Sections in the AP exam vary among subjects; therefore, there is no one single constructive structure to the AP exams.

Why is the AP important?

  • AP’s can help you stand out in the admission process
  • Gain college credit in order to place out a certain requirement in college

When are the AP exams held? 

Exams are usually held on the first two weeks of May.  The following link is a calendar of the AP exam process and information about the exam fee:


Where to register for the AP?

College Board does not allow students to register for the AP exams on their own.  Contact your school or the AP testing coordinator at your institution, and they will help you to register for the exam.  Below is the link to the information about AP exam registration:


What AP score is good enough to exempt from a course in college?

The AP exam is out of a score of 5 (5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest).  Usually colleges and universities will only offer exemptions to certain classes if the students achieve a 4 -5 on their AP exams.  Check with your prospective schools, and see for which subjects they allow you to transfer your AP credit and at what score do they allow exemption.

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