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Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Program

What is Advanced Placement?

The CollegeBoard Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives students an opportunity to seek college-level studies while still in high school. By taking the AP classes and Exams, they may gain advanced placement and/ or credit in college. Depending on the students’ grades on AP Exams, they may earn up to a full year’s credit from their college or university and be eligible for prestigious awards.

Advantages of taking AP courses and exams

· Jump start into a college

· Tuition savings by students and parents

· Early assessment of student’s ability to perform at the college level

· Increased access to higher education

· Develop study habits necessary for academic success

AP Checklist

       Complete course card—teacher signature REQUIRED!

       Fill out AP recommendation form for each AP class requested

       Get teacher signature on form

   o        If teacher does not recommend AP (and you still want it), step 1 and step 2 of Waiver Request must be completed.

       Turn completed Recommendation(s) or Waiver(s) into counseling office

       If the course is not on the course card, write the information onto the card and get the teacher’s signature.

AP Courses offered at Taft H.S.

English: English Language (III), English Literature (IV)

Math: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics

Science: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics B, Physics C, Computer Science

Social Studies: Macro-economics, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History, World History

Other: Psychology, Spanish Language (IV), Spanish Literature (V), French Lang. & Cult., Studio Art, Art history

AP Examinations

· Administered in May

· Approximately three hours long

· Composed of multiple-choice and free-response questions

· Free-response questions graded by college professors and AP teachers in June


      - 5—Extremely Well Qualified

      - 4—Well Qualified

      - 3—Qualified

      - 2—Possibly Qualified

      - 1—No Recommendation


     - varies year to year depending on district & state funding


    - In-State public: $750 per 3-hour course

    - In-State private: $1,950 per 3-hour course

    - Out-of-State: $2,100 per 3-hour course


Project Date


Event Location Date
5/2/2011 8:00 AM
5/2/2011 12:00 PM
5/3/2011 8:00 AM
5/4/2011 8:00 AM
5/5/2011 8:00 AM
5/6/2011 8:00 AM
5/9/2011 8:00 AM
5/9/2011 12:00 PM
5/10/2011 8:00 AM
5/11/2011 8:00 AM
5/11/2011 12:00 PM
5/12/2011 8:00 AM
5/13/2011 8:00 AM


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ap-exam-promo-flyer-2009.pdf 9/1/2009
choose-ap-student-brochure.pdf 9/1/2009

Helpful sites

Site Description
Advanced Placement Homepage
Check here to see if the college/ university you're planning to attend will accept your AP scores
Important dates & costs of AP program
Collegeboard Homepage
What to expect on exam day
How to prepare for your AP exams