The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is a collaborative effort between motivated students, dedicated teachers, and committed high schools, colleges, and universities. Since its inception in 1955, the Program has allowed millions of students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.
AP courses are available in a wide variety of subject areas. Each course is developed by a committee of college faculty and AP teachers and covers the breadth of information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course.
Each AP course has a corresponding exam that participating schools worldwide administer. Based on their performance on the AP Exam, students have the opportunity to earn credit or placement at most of the nation’s colleges and universities.
Pre-AP is a set of content-specific strategies designed to:
- Build rigorous curricula
- Promote access to AP for all students
- Introduce skills, concepts, and assessment methods to prepare students for success in the AP Program
- Strengthen curriculum and increase the academic challenge for all students
- Provide an inclusive program for encouraging more students to access higher learning
- Start taking college-level work while in high school
- Develop writing skills
- Hone problem-solving skills
- Improve study habits
- Develop important time management skills necessary to be successful in college
- Demonstrate the maturity and readiness necessary for college
- Show the desire to accept demanding challenges
- Many colleges are more concerned with the courses taken rather than the GPA
No, but students are strongly encouraged to take the exam. Since Howe ISD is paying for all students to take the exam, if you choose not to, you will be expected to take a summative assessment at the end of the semester.
The process and standards for setting AP grades remain the same so that the merit of AP grades is consistent over time. Each exam is scored on the following five-point scale:
5 – Extremely well qualified
4 – well qualified
3 – qualified
2 – possibly qualified
1 – no recommendation
Most individual colleges and universities accept grades of 3 or above, but each institution determines which AP exam grades to accept for credit and/or advanced placement in each subject area.
- Some award “credit” for qualifying AP Exam grades that count toward your college degree.
- Others award “advanced placement” so you can skip introductory courses, enter higher-level classes, and/or fulfill general education requirements.
- Many colleges and universities offer both credit and placement.
Check the College Board website for the policies regarding your specific college.
AP Grade Reports are sent in July by the College Board to each student’s home, high school and any college(s) designated by the student. At the time of the exam, students can indicate if they would like a college to receive their grade. After the exam, students can write to the AP Program and request that the grade be sent to other colleges as well.