AP Test Scoring Process

AP Students & College Success

Research shows that the Advanced Placement (AP) classroom experience can benefit students in a variety of different ways when they reach college.

AP students are more likely to graduate from college in four years. Students who take longer to graduate at public colleges and universities can spend up to an additional $19,000 each year.

AP classes also help students qualify for certain scholarships. 31% of colleges and universities consider the AP experience when determining scholarships.

How Many AP Tests Can I Take?

Students may take as many AP exams as they want, in any combination. All exams must be ordered and paid for separately

AP Test Scoring Process

Beginning in May 2011, a change in the way that AP tests are scored will occur. Total scores on the multiple-choice section will be based on a number of questions that are answered correctly. Points will no longer be deducted for being answered incorrectly. Points are never awarded for questions that are left unanswered.

The AP Program does not require students to take an AP class before taking an AP test. Students may repeat the same exam in a subsequent year. In this case, both scores will be reported to the schools selected by the student, unless the student requests that one be withheld or cancelled.

If students want to take the same exam twice during one testing period, then an alternate form of one of the exams must be used during the late-testing period.

AP Test Scores

If you take an AP test as a high school senior, college will not receive your score before July. If you choose to report your AP test scores before your senior year, you will be informing the college or university that you undertook a difficult course load and are serious about your studies.

Overall, nearly 60% of all AP test takers receive AP tests scores of at least 3. This score is regarded as an indicator of your ability to do successful work at most colleges.

Additional Resources

Whether students are studying an AP subject at school or doing it on their own, the College Board has a variety of different resources. Students can develop their essay writing and problem solving skills with previously administered free response questions. The College Board has combined a collection of tips to help students meet the demands of an AP exam. Visit the College Board’s website directly for additional information and resources.

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