Advanced Placement (AP) Testing
What - Advanced Placement is a registered trademark of the College Board. If a class has AP in front of it, it signifies that the school has registered that class with the College Board and received permission to title the course as an AP course. All AP courses have to meet a certain curricular criteria in order to be given the AP title. For every AP courses there is a corresponding AP exam. The AP exam is an opportunity for students to earn college credits, which can vary among colleges and universities. Students do not have to take an AP course in order to take the AP exam, but most do. Please see more at http://collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html
When and Where - All AP exams are given in May. Each exam is given on a specific day. The exam dates can be viewed at http://collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/cal.html. All tests can be taken at Lakeview High School.
Why - There are many different reasons to take an AP course. Those should be discussed directly with a counselor. The main reason to take an AP exam would be to earn college credit. Students can earn college credit by scoring well on the AP exam. Exams are scored as a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, with 5 being the best score. Most colleges offer credit with a score greater than or equal to 3. Checking directly with the college’s registrars office is the best way to be sure of their credit policy.
How - Students must register for the AP exams in the Student Service Center. There is a fee associated with each exam. Registration information will be available each fall through school announcements, email, newletters and/or AP teachers.