Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement (AP) gives students the chance to tackle college-level work while they're still in high school—whether they're learning online or in the classroom. By taking AP Exams, students can earn college credit and placement. OCM BOCES offers support for Advanced Placement teachers through the Advanced Placement Collaborative.
Taking AP classes can help students (from AP Central):
Build skills and confidence.
- AP students learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
- They dig deeper into subjects that interest them and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving skills to address course challenges.
Get into college.
- Students who take AP courses send a signal to colleges that they’re serious about their education and that they’re willing to challenge themselves with rigorous coursework.
- 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.
Succeed in college.
- Research shows that students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers.
Save time and money in college.
- Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time—which means they avoid paying for, for example, a fifth year of tuition.
- Most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. This can mean:
- Fulfilling graduation requirements early
- Being able to skip introductory courses or required general-education courses
Qualifying AP Exam scores earn university credit in nearly all universities in the United States and Canada and are recognized in 60 other countries worldwide. Scores of 3 or 4 on AP Exams fulfill admission requirements in many universities in UK and Europe.
Each college and university determines its own policies regarding AP Exam scores. For detailed information about the AP recognition policies of universities, use the searches below:
- Global: Search AP credit policies
- Outside the U.S.: Search AP recognition policies (admissions, credit/placement, and scholarship considerations)
Source: The College Board, The 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation, February 11, 2014.
For AP Teachers
For AP Coordinators
For more information, please contact Kathryn Daughton at firstname.lastname@example.org