AP exams are college-level tests managed by The College Board (makers of the SAT). Students may take tests in one or more subjects; a comprehensive list of all available AP courses and tests is available at collegeboard.com.
About 90% colleges in the United States offer credits, advanced placement, or both based on AP exam scores. Students take AP exams in May and receive their scores in July.
A student does not need to be registered in an AP class to take the exam, although research by The College Board shows that students who take the courses do better on the exams.
Unlike the SAT or ACT, AP exams are not directly related to college admissions, since schools do not require that students take them. SAT subject tests (formerly known as the SAT II) are subject-specific like the AP exams.
AP brings the college experience to your high school with the opportunity to earn college credit at thousands of universities. More students are ready for AP than you’d think. Roll up your sleeves and find out what AP can do for you.
- You don’t need to be top of your class to be an AP student, but you’ll want to be prepared for the AP course you choose.
- You show your determination when you do the things that matter to you.