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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