Advanced Placement Courses for High School Students

Advanced Placement Courses – AP Courses in short. Advanced Placement courses typically offered in High School and National Exam is organized by College Board.

AP courses are college level courses offered that you can take while still in high school.

Why Take AP Courses in High School?

Why would a High School Student take Advanced Placement college level courses?

Taking AP courses have 2 major advantages

College Admission

  • Ability to prove to college admission directors that you have taken tough courses in high school
  • You can stand out from students who have not opted to take AP courses.

According to College Board

When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they have a good understanding of what you experienced in a particular class. They know the work you have to put in based on AP exam score.

College Course  Credits

If you take he right AP courses,  you can skip introductory level (101) college course in college with course credits.

Essentially AP courses gives you credit to replace Introductory level courses in college.

Several colleges around the country offer course credits for AP courses. When you get course credit that counts towards your degree plan, you save money and time spent in the college.

Here is an example of getting College Course Credits based on AP Exam score.

Students who have participated in the Advanced Placement Program in high school and receive a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the national examinations will receive college credit in appropriate subject areas.

ap courses and credits

AP Course Credit vs AP Exam Score

These college credits can potentially save students thousands of dollars in college tuition.

If cost per credit is $500 and if you can get 8 Credits based on AP Score, you end up saving $4000.

Don’t you think $4000 is savings is Awesome?

What Advanced Placement Courses are there?

Following is the list of AP Courses and corresponding Test Prep books.

AP CoursesBooks
Art History
Music Theory
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Studio Art: 3-D Design
Studio Art: Drawing
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Comparative Government and Politics
European History
Human Geography
United States Government and Politics
United States History Best U.S. History Books
World History
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Computer Science A
Environmental Science
Physics B
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Physics C: Mechanics
Chinese Language and Culture
French Language and Culture
German Language and Culture
Italian Language and Culture
Japanese Language and Culture
Spanish Language
Spanish Literature and Culture

There are 34 Advanced Placement Courses offered by College Board. With sufficient number of AP courses in a specific college major area can get you credit for college courses.

  • Extra Credits = Extra Time and Money Savings
  • Extra Time = chance for elective courses or graduate early

AP Exam Dates

AP Exams are offered in following dates

  • May 6-10,  2013
  • May 13-17, 2013

Refer to AP Calendar for Test Dates dates and timing of individual AP tests.

AP Exam Fees

AP Exam Fees – $89 per Exam

AP Outside USA and Canada – $117 per exam

Fee reductions of $28 per exam are available from the College Board for students with financial need.

Schools also forgo their $8 rebate for each fee-reduced exam, making the final fee for these students $53 per exam.

In addition, most states offer exam subsidies to cover all or part of the remaining cost for eligible students.

How to Register for Advanced Placement Exam

  • If your school offers AP : Contact your AP Coordinator
  • If your school doesn’t offer AP:  Call AP Services no later than March 1 to get the names and phone numbers of local AP Coordinators

Even if your school doesn’t offer AP, you can still take AP Exam at nearby school where AP is offered.