High School AP Classes
Students that plan on attending college should highly consider taking AP classes while in high school. Students that take AP classes are able to gain college credits and are not required to take the equivalent courses in college. In order to qualify for Advanced Placement credit, students must take the subject AP class at their high school or through an accredited high school online. Once the student completes the course then they are eligible to take the Advanced Placement (AP) exam. If the student passes the exam then they are eligible to receive college credit that can be used towards their post-secondary education.
AP tests are scored on a 1 to 5 scale as follows:
5 - Extremely well qualified
4 - Well qualified
3 - Qualified
2 - Possibly qualified
1 - No recommendation
The multiple choice component of the exam is scored by computer, while the free response and essay portions are scored by trained Readers at the AP Reading. The scores on various components are weighted and combined into a raw Composite Score.
Some colleges use AP test scores to exempt students from introductory coursework. Each college's policy is different, but most require a minimum score of 3 or 4 to receive college credit. Typically this appears as a "CR" grade on the college transcript, although some colleges and universities will award an A grade for a 5 score.
Total scores on the multiple-choice section are now based on the number of questions answered correctly. The exam no longer deducts points for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions, which was the case in the previous grading system.
Students have the option now to take AP classes through an accredited online high school. These online high schools meet the necessary standards set by the regions accreditation board. During the program, students will learn the material and prepare to take the actual AP exam given at the end of the program. Please note that students must take the actual AP exam in order to receive AP credit. Students that just take the class and donít take the exam will not be eligible for college course credit.
Students that should take an AP subject class are already planning to attend a post-secondary institution. Students should be motivated enough where they will study the material on their own to prepare for the actual AP exam. There are AP exam prep courses available, but most of the studying should be completed by the student.
Students can take the following AP exams:
Calculus (AB & BC)
Chinese Language and Culture
Comparative Government & Politics
Computer Science A
English Language & Composition
English Literature & Composition
Italian Language and Culture
Japanese Language and Culture
Physics C: Mechanics
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Russian Language and Culture
Studio Art (2-D, 3-D, & Drawing)
U.S. Government & Politics
As you can see, there are many different subjects that students can take to receive college credit prior to entering college. If youíre interested in an AP class, schedule a meeting with your high school guidance counselor or contact your schoolís front office to determine if an AP class is right for you. If you plan to take an online high school AP class, make sure they are fully accredited and that all credits are transferable to your future college.