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Jennifer L. Severini-Kresock Points950
. AP courses are a set of regulated college-level classes in various subjects that allow high school students to gain college credit depending on the scores they receive on a given subject’s standardized examination. For a list of the AP courses available, please see www.apcentral.com. In addition to fulfilling high school course requirements for graduation, AP test scores can be used to earn college credit. For most colleges, students must earn a score of 4 or 5 on the exam to earn college credit. There are a small number of colleges that may accept a score of 3. This varies on a school to school basis. Students should check with the admissions office at prospective institutions for AP credit policies. (Also, please see www.bigfuture.org for test score requirements by subject for each school.)
Rachel Minkowsky Points120
AP courses are challenging classes that have been developed by College Board. These classes are available in multiple subject areas. Students that attend schools without AP classes may be permitted to sit for the exam. (Students interested in doing this should contact the College Board directly). A student's transcript is the most important component of their college application. A high score in an AP class and corresponding exam help make the case that the student can excel in college-level work. Pending the exam score, colleges *may* award credit. Some schools will take a 3 or higher; others will only grant credit with a score of 4 or better. Some schools will allow students to "test out" of introductory coursework, while other schools will give the student elective credit for the course(s). Students that are unsure about a specific college's policy re: AP courses should visit the college's website.

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