Everything you should know about Advance Placement – AP Exam!

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AP Exam
AP Exam

If you are about to start your college, you might have come across the term ‘AP’ or must be wondering, what AP classes are? How they will help you get college credits? How does it work? or How does it benefit in the college admission process? and How to prepare for an AP Exam?

What is Advanced Placement?

AP Exam

– Advanced Placement is a program run by College Board that allows you to take courses right in your class 11th or 12th that can earn you college credit and/or qualify you for more advanced classes when you begin college.

What is an Advanced Placement  – AP Exam?

AP Exam consist of multiple-choice questions and essay questions. Most exams are two to three hours long. It’s a test of everything you learn in your AP class. You earn college credits if you pass the AP exam at the end of the year in May. APs are scored between 1 and 5. A score of 5 shows that you are more advanced in a subject than 85-90% of students. This helps you to build a more remarkable college application. If you score a 3 or anything above that in an AP exam, chances are you can receive credits/advanced placement or both from your college.  Almost all colleges and universities in the United States,  as well as many institutions in more than 60 other countries, grant credit and placement for AP scores or acknowledge AP scores in the admission process.

Why should I take an AP exam?

More than 18,000 schools in 115 countries use the AP Program. Top colleges and most four-year universities in the US accept qualifying AP Exam scores for college credit and advanced placement. Nearly all leading universities in Canada and the U.K. recognize AP for admission, credit or placement. For all colleges that accept the exams as class credit, makes it possible to graduate college in a shorter amount of time, saving your money. AP exams demonstrate real academic interest in a certain subject. For example, if you are an engineering aspirant, taking AP Calculus and AP Physics and passing the exams proves to a college admissions committee that you are serious about engineering and have the skills to pursue it. If you are interested in political science taking AP US History, AP US Government, would show strong preparation for those topics.

A high school student already has a big to-do list and recommending him one more series of the exam would certainly look like a punishment. But let’s consider few points here, if the performance in studies and other school curriculums is average but the student has deep aspirations to do his majors then AP exams would be the best option to explore. Admission officers prefer considering students who willingly take on college level courses at such a young age.

Know more about the significance of AP Exam

Even if the GPA is not upto the mark of college’s eligibility criterion, an application with AP on its transcripts holds a better chance with admission officers, who value the enthusiasm of the student to take on the challenges of college- level course work and expectations as a priceless possession.  By taking the AP you are building the skill set required for an enhanced performance in your undergraduate studies.

Next challenge is to choose the right subject for AP exam, let’s have a look at the list of AP Courses:

  1. Art History
  2. Biology
  3. Calculus AB
  4. Calculus BC
  5. Chemistry
  6. Chinese Language and Culture
  7. Computer Science A
  8. Macroeconomics
  9. Microeconomics
  10. English Language and Composition
  11. English Literature and Composition
  12. Environmental Science
  13. European History
  14. French Language and Culture
  15. German Language and Culture
  16. Government and Politics – Comparative
  17. Government and Politics – US
  18. Human Geography
  19. Italian Language and Culture
  20. Japanese Language and Culture
  21. Latin
  22. Music Theory
  23. Physics 1 (Note this is new in 2014-15 and replaces AP Physics B)
  24. Physics 2 (Note this is new in 2014-15 and replaces AP Physics B)
  25. Psychology
  26. Spanish Language
  27. Spanish Literature
  28. Statistics
  29. Studio Art Drawing
  30. Studio Art 2D Design
  31. US History
  32. World History

There are many AP exam courses available in the market for preparing students for AP Exams. They provide the skills and strategies which are significant to put your best foot forward. However, you can take most AP Exams without taking the AP courses. Many students prepare for AP Exams on their own.

For more information on AP exam or AP preparation, you may visit the following link: https://international.collegeboard.org/prepare-to-study-in-the-us/ap-in-india

– Team Leverage

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