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April 24, 2019
With the school year coming to an end, many students are signing up to take Advanced Placement (AP) tests, which are only available to those who are currently enrolled in AP classes. The AP tests are the culmination of year-long Advanced Placement courses that are offered each May by the CollegeBoard. There are 38 AP courses offered, ranging anywhere from computer science to Japanese language and culture.
AP testing is not for everyone. These tests are mostly recommended to students who have a high level of experience or interest in the selected courses, work diligently, practice good time management skills, seek challenging learning opportunities, and hope to potentially earn college credit in a given subject matter. These factors are very important to consider when spending time and $25 or $85 per test.
Taking AP tests come with multiple benefits, including standing out on college admissions, earning college credit, skipping introductory classes, and saving some tuition money. Students who score a 4 or 5 on these tests, which are graded on a scale from 1 to 5, are eligible to receive these benefits, but some schools also accept a 3.
60% of the nation (about 15,000 high schools) offer this program, which is set to prepare students for the college level. 31% of colleges and universities will look at students’ applications and take into consideration whether or not that student has had any experience in the AP field.
Taking Advanced Placement courses is by far beneficial, but it is not the only way to receive these advantages. Dual credit, which is similar to AP, differs from it in that credit is earned by passing actual college course, meanwhile AP students earn credit through tests measuring whether they are at the level of college curriculum. However, both are very effective in preparing high school students for the rigorous courses offered at the university level.
For the AP testing schedule, click here, or ask Mrs. Uribe in the counseling center for more information.