Bulletin for AP Students and Parents 2007-08
Challenge Yourself: Take AP Courses
Participating in the AP Program gives you the opportunity to take college-level courses while you’re still in high school. With 37 courses in 22 subject areas, there’s bound to be a course that matches your interests. You’ll find AP courses in art, languages, the social sciences, and more. Discover the joys of learning by studying subjects in greater depth and detail.
As a freshman, I was able to skip general ed requirements and head straight into the higher-level classes I wanted to take. Taking AP Exams literally saved me semesters of time.”
Brent Wiese, Student, University of Iowa
AP courses demand skills that can lead to success in college. You’ll have the opportunity to develop the writing skills, problem- solving techniques, and study habits that are expected of college students. Plus, taking rigorous AP courses demonstrates your maturity, willingness to push yourself intellectually, and commitment to academic excellence, which can help you stand out in the college admissions process.
How to Enroll in AP Courses Talk to an AP teacher or the AP Coordinator at your school about the course you want to take. Discuss the course workload and any preparation you might need.
Each exam is based on the subject matter outlined in its corresponding AP Course Description. These booklets can be downloaded free of charge at www.collegeboard.com/apstudents. See pages 11–15 for brief descriptions of each exam.
Benefits of Taking AP Exams Your AP Exam grades (if sufficiently high) could earn you credit, placement, or both at thousands of colleges and universities in the United States and around the world, enabling you to move into upper- level courses in your field of interest, or pursue a double major, or gain time to study or travel abroad.
AP made my daughter more responsible. She couldn’t get by without doing her best work. She had to apply herself, challenge herself, and meet the challenges.
Linda Fleury, Parent, Sacramento, California
Taking an AP Exam also lets you experience a college-level exam. Your work will be evaluated by college and university professors and AP teachers using college-level standards. If you’re worried about how well you’ll do, remember—you risk nothing by taking the exam. You control which colleges (if any) receive your AP Exam grade.
Finally, taking AP Exams allows you to earn an AP Scholar Award. Each September, the College Board recognizes with these awards high school students who demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement on the AP Exams. These academic distinctions will strengthen your applications, résumés, etc. You will not receive any monetary award from the College Board. For information about award criteria, go to www.collegeboard.com/apstudents.
Put Your Knowledge to the Test: Take AP Exams
How to Register for AP Exams
Each AP course has a corresponding AP Exam that schools worldwide administer in May. AP Exams are an essential part of the AP experience and provide you—and colleges and universities—with a standardized measure of what you’ve accomplished in the AP classroom. College admissions offices and many high schools expect that students enrolled in an AP course will take the AP Exam at the end of the course. The College Board does not require students to take an AP course before taking an AP Exam.
If your school offers AP, contact your AP Coordinator to register for the exams. Your Coordinator will order the necessary materials, collect fees, and let you know exactly when and where to report for the exams.
Note: If you are homeschooled, or if you plan to test with accommodations, please see the detailed information on pages 8 and 9.
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