Advanced Placement (AP) enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Through more than 38 courses, AP provides academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credits. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought out the most rigorous coursework available to them.
Each AP course is modeled upon a comparable college course, and college and university faculty play a vital role in ensuring that AP courses align with college-level standards. Talented and dedicated AP teachers help AP students in classrooms develop and apply the content knowledge and skills they will need later in college.
Each AP course concludes with a college-level assessment developed and scored by college and university faculty and experienced AP teachers. AP Exams are an essential part of the AP experience, enabling students to demonstrate their mastery of college-level course work. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States, as well as universities in more than 60 countries, recognize AP in the admission process and grant students credit, placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores. Visit AP Credit Policy Search to view AP credit and placement policies at more than 1,000 colleges and universities.
Research has shown the advantages of taking AP courses in high school. Studies show that students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers. Additional AP studies are available at www.collegeboard.org/research.
Advanced Placement Overview