Advanced Placement (AP)

  • What is AP?

    The AP program is a division of the College Board and offers more than 30 courses across multiple subject areas. Each course is developed by a committee composed of college faculty and AP teachers, and covers the breadth of information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course.

    AP courses are taught by qualified high school teachers who use the College Board AP course descriptions to guide instruction. The course description for each discipline outlines the course content, describes the curricular goals of the subject, and provides sample examination questions. Through the course audit process, College Board ensures that teachers meet rigorous standards and document the rigor of each course.
    The final exams represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in the secondary school setting. Rigorously developed by committees of college and AP high school faculty, the AP exams test students' ability to perform at a college level. Students who perform well can receive course credit and/or advanced standing at thousands of universities worldwide.

    Who take AP exams?

    Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to take AP exams. They are encouraged to be enrolled in the respective AP course at their high school, but it is not required.  

    When are the AP exams administered?

    The AP exams are administered each year in May.