Advanced Placement Program FAQ
1) Question: What are AP Exams?
AP classes include semester and year-long courses of study which culminate with a nationally coordinated exam.
• AP exams are prepared for each course by the College Board of Development Committees.
• Most AP exams consist of a multiple choice section and a free-response section.
• Foreign Language exams also include listening and speaking portions.
• Studio Art exams are based on a portfolio.
• Exams are typically three hours in length.
• Exam fees are set by the College Board.
• Exams are given in May on a prescribed national schedule.
2) Question: How are exams graded and scores reported?
• Each AP exam grade is a weighted combination of the student's score on the multiple choice section and on the free-response section.
• The final grade is reported on a 5-point scale: 5=extremely well qualified, 4=well qualified, 3=qualified, 2=possibly qualified, 1=no recommendation
• Exam scores are sent in July to the college/university designated on the student's answer sheet, to the student's secondary school, and to the student.
3) Question: What are the college benefits from AP?
• Most colleges and universities award credit for successful completion of an AP exam. Each sets policy for AP exam credit.
• College admission counselors look for AP credit on transcripts which improves a student's acceptance rate.
4) Question: Who should be involved in the AP program?
• All college bound students
• Students who want a challenging academic program
5) Question: What are the academic benefits of AP?
• Learn the subject in greater depth
• Develop analytical reasoning skills
• Form disciplined study habits
• Gain confidence by meeting the challenge of college-level courses
• Gain experience of college-level work within the support of the high school environment