Advanced Placement (AP) is a national program run through College Board (the same organization that creates the SAT). The Academy currently offers a variety of AP courses and is adding more each year. At The Academy, AP courses are weighted (on a 5.0 scale, as opposed to a 4.0 scale), giving students the opportunity to boost their GPA. In addition, if students do well on the AP test, which is offered at the end of the year, they have the opportunity to earn college credit. Please note, it is the student’s responsibility to cover the costs for the AP exams, which generally run between $90-$100. While this can be costly, it is still significantly cheaper than college tuition!
Below are reasons to take AP courses. You can also find more information by visiting www.CollegeBoard.org or by talking to your counselor.
Why Take AP?
Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college. Taking AP is a sign that you’re up for the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer.
By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits can allow students to save college tuition, study abroad, or secure a second major. AP can transform what once seemed unattainable into something within reach.
Check out specific colleges’ guidelines on accepting AP scores for credit and placement by searching our AP Credit Policy database.
If you already know your preferred college major, taking a related AP course and earning a qualifying score on the AP Exam can help you advance and avoid required introductory courses – so you can move directly into upper-level classes and focus on the work that interests you most.
Even taking an AP Exam unrelated to your major – whether or not you know what you want to major in – can place you beyond your college’s general education requirements. This opens up additional time on your schedule, enabling you to do a second major or minor, take exciting electives, or pursue additional interests.
Taking an AP course builds the skills you'll need throughout your college years. You give your mind a rigorous workout while polishing up your time management and study skills. You also get better at handling challenging issues and problems, with the support of your AP teachers. AP courses let you know what to expect during the next phase of your educational journey, and help you build the confidence to succeed.