What is Advanced Placement?

The Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board offering college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students in the United states. The students who obtain high scores above a defined number in the examinations, American colleges often grant placement and course credit to them. The panel of experts and college-level educators Create a curriculum in each subject. Incase of high school course to have the AP designation, the College Board will audit the course to ascertain that whether it satisfies the AP curriculum. If it is approved, the school may use the AP designation and the course will be publically listed on the AP Ledger.

The most popular AP exam in 2008 was AP United States History which is having 346, 641 students, and the least popular was AP Italian Language and Culture with 1, 930 students.

The College Board i.e.a non-profit organization located in New York City, has been running the AP program since 1955. Harlan Hanson was the director of the Advanced Placement Program since 1965 to 1989. For teaching of higher level courses in various subject areas it is maitaining the guidelines. As well as it also supports teachers of AP courses and universities. The activities are funded through the fees that is charged to students appearing for AP Exams.

In 2006, over one million students appeared for two million Advanced Placement examinations. In the United States many high schools offer AP courses, though the College Board allows any student to take any examination, regardless of participation in its respective course. Hence it is an equal opportunity for home-schooled students and students of those schools that do not offer AP courses, to take the examination.

As of the 2011 testing season, exams cost $87 each, though the cost may be subsidized by local or state programs. Financial aid is available for deserving students; the exam reduction is $22 per exam from College Board plus an additional $8 rebate per fee-reduced exam from the school. Further reductions may be there depending on the state. Out of the $87, $8 goes to the school for the payment and the administration of the test, which some schools may reduce to lower the cost to the student.

Major advanatages of AP

On an average, only 35% of advanced placement test takers out of 100 score 4 or more than 4 in AP exams, as per college board.

  • Doing AP courses and giving exams help students to earn credits for college while they are in high school.
  • Also, by appearing for AP exams you can stand out in the college admission process.
  • AP enrollment shows a readiness for college and a willingness to take the most rigorous courses available, It acts as a good initiative.
  • It will also help you to save the cost of tuition in higher education.