You can earn college credit by taking Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Over ninety percent of colleges and universities nationwide, as well as institutions of higher learning in other countries, accept AP scores as credits, advanced placement, or both.
Usually, students earn AP credits after taking AP courses during high school. The AP course serves as a rigorous preparation for the AP test on a related subject. Nonetheless, AP courses are not mandatory in order to take the tests. Homeschoolers or other individuals who have completed intensive study on a given topic can take AP tests without completing the corresponding AP coursework.
- An AP coordinator at each high school assists with AP course enrollment. He or she also holds responsibility for enrolling students for AP tests, collecting testing fees, and proctoring the actual tests. Home school students or students who are not enrolled in an AP course but are interested in taking an exam can contact AP services for help locating a school to proctor their AP test.
- The website for AP services iswww.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/contact.html. If you are interested in taking an AP test, you should contact AP services by March 1, so you can be in touch with an AP coordinator at a local high school by March 15.
You can choose from thirty different AP subject matter tests. Testing occurs each year in May, and testing takes approximately two to three hours to finish. You will receive your AP scores in early to mid July. Each test costs $93.
An AP test consists of two sections–one section of multiple-choice questions and one section of free-response questions. Your multiple-choice section score depends upon the number of questions you answer correctly. Professors and AP teachers score the free-response section. Scoring takes place during the first two weeks of June. Your composite score combines your free response score and your multiple-choice score.
Score setting happens every year after the free response reading and grading. Score setting is the process of deciding what range of composite scores translate into the 1 through 5 rating you receive as your official AP score. No fixed composite score exists from year to year or from subject to subject to translate into the final score. Instead, each year the acceptable final rating is based on the scores of everyone tested.