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Bulletin for AP Students and Parents 2007-08

Earning College Credit or Placement

With qualifying AP Exam grades, you can earn credit, placement, or both at more than 90 percent of four-year colleges and universities in the United States, as well as at colleges and universities in 40 other countries. At many of these institutions, you can earn up to a full year of college credit (sophomore standing) once you’ve attained a sufficient number of qualifying AP Exam grades.

Individual colleges and universities, not the College Board or the AP Program, grant course credit and placement. You should obtain a college’s AP policy in writing; you can find this information in the institution’s catalog or on its Web site, or by using the AP Credit Policy Info search at www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy. If you’re interested in applying to a college or university outside the United States, you can find information about AP recognition policies at www.collegeboard.com/apintl.

Colleges that receive your AP Grade Report will typically notify you during the summer of any placement, credit, or exemption you have earned. You can also contact the college’s admissions office to find out the status of your AP credits.

Exam Fees

The fee for each exam is $84. The amount you pay, however, may vary:

  • The College Board provides a $22 fee reduction* per exam for students with acute financial need. In addition, your school may forgo its $8 rebate for each fee-reduced exam, making the final cost to you $54 per exam. Most states provide federal and/or state funds to supplement the College Board fee reduction. Check with your AP Coordinator to learn more about fee reductions and state and district subsidies.

  • If you paid for an AP Exam but then decided not to take it, you may ask your Coordinator for a refund, but only if you did not begin the exam. Once you begin an exam—that is, once you write on an exam booklet or answer sheet—you cannot receive a refund. Local school policy determines the amount of the refund. You may be required by your school to pay the $13 fee the school is charged for each unused exam.

    • *

      For internal purposes, such as an audit or invoice verification, a state may request from

the College Board the names of its public school students who receive fee reductions; in such cases, the state will agree to maintain the confidentiality of such data.

You may take as many AP Exams as you wish, in any combination, with the following qualifications:

  • You may not take both Calculus AB and Calculus BC in one year.

  • If you want to take two exams that are scheduled for the same time, ask your Coordinator for information about taking one of the exams during the late-testing period.

  • You may submit more than one Studio Art portfolio (though not the same type of portfolio). However, you may not duplicate works or slides among the portfolios, and portfolios may not be combined. For example, if you want to submit a portfolio for both Drawing and 2-D Design, you will need to submit two separate portfolios and pay two separate fees.

  • You may repeat an exam in a subsequent year. In this case, both grades will be reported unless you request that one be withheld or canceled (see page 10).

Students taking AP Exams give permission to the College Board to release their contact information to researchers supportive of the College Board’s mission.

Exam Grades

Your AP Exam grade is a weighted combination of your scores on the multiple-choice section and on the free-response section. The final grade is reported on a 5-point scale:

5 = extremely well qualified 4 = well qualified 3 = qualified 2 = possibly qualified 1 = no recommendation

The AP Program conducts studies in all AP subjects to compare the performance of AP students with that of college students in comparable college courses. These studies help set the “cut points” that determine how AP students’ composite scores are translated into an AP grade of 1 to 5. In general, an AP grade of 5 is equivalent to the average score for college students earning grades of A. The lowest composite scores for AP grades of 4, 3, and 2 are equivalent to the average scores for students with college grades of B, C, and D, respectively.

© 2007 The College Board. All rights reserved. Visit the College Board on the Web: www.collegeboard.com.

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