Posted: Tue, 03/04/2014 - 8:28am Updated: Mon, 04/05/2021 - 12:20pm

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

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

AP Coordinator Training

  • NEW, FREE Coordinator Training is available for AP coordinators to learn more about 2021 AP Exams and connect with colleagues during breakout sessions.

AP Coordinator’s Manual

  • 2020-21 Digital Testing Guide

    • Learn information about 2021 digital AP Exams including, readiness steps for students; technical requirements; information about the digital exam experience and accommodations for AP Exams; policies and procedures for administering digital exams in school; and more.
  • 2020-21 AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 1
    • Learn information about creating class sections, distributing join codes, student enrollment, and ordering exams.
  • 2020-21 AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 2
    • Learn specific information regarding how to administer and proctor paper and pencil exams.

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