As a high school student, it’s time to start thinking about what will come after graduation so that you can begin preparing for your higher education. As you plan your courses, you might want to consider taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
AP classes are courses created by College Board and taught by high school teachers during the school day. They are taught at a college level in terms of difficulty, rigor and student evaluation. AP classes are offered in several subjects, available both in classroom and online settings, depending on your high school.
There are several reasons students should consider taking one or more AP courses during high school:
The AP exams are given each spring. Students in AP classes are encouraged to take the corresponding exam, though doing so is not a requirement. Nor is it required to be enrolled in an AP class before taking the corresponding exam. However, the class is a valuable tool to prepare you for taking the exam. There is a fee to take the AP exam, though help is available for students with financial need.
Before registering for the AP exam, students should consider the following:
If you are concerned about whether or not you should register for the test, talk it over with your parents and AP class teacher to decide what is best for you.
Taking the AP class and doing well in it is the best way to prepare for the AP exam. Throughout the school year, your AP teacher will help you learn the material and prepare for the test itself. Paying attention in class and completing your assignments is the best, and easiest, way to study for the exam. Your AP teacher may also provide you with practice exam materials before the actual exam.
In addition to classroom learning, you may want to spend additional time studying for the exam on your own. Free study materials can be found online, and some high schools may offer additional tutoring or special study sessions after school for AP students. Talk with your AP teacher to learn what additional study methods are best for you.
After the test, it’s time to relax and wait for your score! You’ve done your best and worked hard to get to the finish line. Test scores for the spring AP exams are published in July on apscores.org. You will need a College Board account to view your scores. Scores range from one to five, with college credit often offered for scores above three, depending on your school of choice. If you are a high school senior and have already made your college decision, your AP score report can be sent to your college or university.
The AP exams can be extremely beneficial to the students who take them. Talk with your teachers, guidance counselors, parents or even the helpful staff at cfnc.org to determine if taking the AP exam is right for you.