As many of you are in the process of registering for 2014-15 classes, perhaps you are considering the possibility of AP classes, but you do not comprehend the purpose of the program and the benefits. Many students do not understand the AP score evaluation by colleges and its correlation with letter grades. AP scores are accepted by most, but not all colleges; consult their undergraduate admission webpage, or ask a counselor, for the acceptance and credit policy.
Surveys indicate the rigor of the courses taken and the grades earned as the priority factor in an admissions evaluation. This position is consistently noted by colleges and universities.
Since 1955, the AP Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams, and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.
Overview of the AP Program
- The AP Program offers 34 courses and exams.
- More than 18,000 schools worldwide participate in the AP Program.
- 33.2 percent of U.S. public high school students in the class of 2013 took an AP Exam at some point in high school. In 2013, more than 2 million students worldwide took 3.9 million AP Exams.
- Most colleges and universities offer credit, advanced placement and/or consideration in the admission process for qualifying AP Exam scores. In 2013, approximately 3,600 U.S. and international colleges and universities received AP Exam scores.
- Each AP Exam, with the exception of AP Studio Art, consists of multiple-choice questions that are scored by machine, as well as free-response questions (essays, translations, problems, oral responses) that are scored at the annual AP Reading by more than 11,000 college faculty and AP teachers using scoring standards and rubrics developed by college and university faculty who teach the corresponding college courses.
- The composite score for each AP Exam is converted to a score of 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1. An AP Exam score of 5 is equivalent to grades of A+ and A in the corresponding college course; a score of 4 is equivalent to grades of A-, B+ and B; and a score of 3 is equivalent to grades of B-, C+ and C.