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Advanced Placement examinations (AP exams) are exams offered in United States by the College Board and are taken each May by students. The tests are the culmination of year-long Advanced Placement (AP) courses. AP exams have a multiple-choice section and a free-response section.
Usually, a 70 to 75 percent out of 100 translates to a 5. However, there are some exams that are exceptions to this rule of thumb. The AP Grades that are reported to students, high schools, colleges, and universities in July are on AP’s five-point scale:
• 5: Extremely well qualified
• 4: Very well qualified
• 3: Qualified
• 2: Possibly qualified
• 1: No recommendation
Each college or university sets its own admissions requirements. Good scores in AP coursework indicate to admissions staff that a student has achieved a recognized standard in that subject area. Most schools will accept scores of 3 or above as the equivalent of their introductory or first-year courses in the same subject area. Consult university websites for details.
3 Reasons to Take AP Exams according to College Board
Every year, millions of students around the world enroll in AP courses in 38 different subjects, embarking on an AP journey that can help open doors as they prepare for college.
Although there are many benefits to taking AP Exams, here are three reasons to keep in mind whether you’re deciding to take an AP course for the first time, registering for your AP Exam, or taking your last course in senior year.
All AP Exam Scores Have Benefits
Completing an AP course and exam advances you both personally and academically. Taking an AP Exam helps you develop valuable skills for all your classes through high school and beyond. This makes your transition from being a high school student to a college student easier.
Whatever your score, taking an AP Exam can keep you on track for college.
• The majority of students who score a 1 or 2 on their first AP Exam are likely to improve their score on a future exam.
• Students who achieve an exam score of 2 do significantly better in introductory college classes.
• Students who achieve exam scores of 1 or 2 are still more likely to attend college and graduate on time (than academically similar students who don’t take AP).
Your AP class is similar to the courses you’ll experience at college. And like a college course, it’s important to finish strongly by taking your AP Exam and seeing the class through to the end. Regardless of your exam score, the hard work you put in all year will benefit you in college and beyond.
John Barnhill, associate vice president for enrollment management, Florida State University
Stand Out to Colleges and Universities
• Most colleges and universities use AP as a factor in evaluating candidates for admission. This gives you an advantage when you’re applying to colleges and trying to stand out from the crowd. By taking an AP Exam, you’re showing colleges you’re persistent, resilient, and willing to work hard.
• 85% of colleges and universities report a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admissions decisions.
You’ve worked hard to master the material in your AP courses — and one way for you to demonstrate what you’ve learned is to take your AP Exams in May. Taking your exams can also show admissions officers like me that you’re ready for college-level work.
Ronné P. Turner, vice provost for admissions and financial aid, Washington University in St. Louis