Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
Below you will find information on AP courses. It is this team’s opinion, for several reasons, that this option for
gaining college credit is now almost obsolete. Those reasons are as follow:
1) This was the original way of gaining college credits that was established in 1952 and moved to the College Board taking control in 1954. This system is old and will be phased out.
2) The college credit given by AP classes is only given if you make the score required, 3-5. CCP gives you credit with a score based on the colleges grading score (example if 70% is passing).
3) Often, AP course require more work than a college course does.
4) The student must pay for the AP testing ($97). The test is only offered once a year, in May and there are cancellation fees and late application fees. It takes 2 -3 hours to take the test for each subject.
5) A student can get more college credits through CCP than through AP courses. Ivy League schools require a score of 5. Getting a test score of any amount does not guarantee admission to the college. Harvard does not give credit for AP classes.
6) The source of most of our information is from personal experience and this website.
The following is information from the College Board website. Keep in mind they are the administrators of the test and profit from the testing fee. (*** all of which can be done through CCP)
College board website: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/
An Edge in College
Taking AP courses and exams in high school could give you an advantage in college by letting you:
1. Earn College Credit and Placement - Your AP score could earn you college credits before you even
set foot on campus. In fact, most AP students who enroll in four-year colleges start school with some
2. Stand Out to Colleges - “AP” on your high school transcript shows colleges you're motivated to succeed, and taking the exam demonstrates your commitment to tackle and complete college-level work
3. Save Money and Time - Earning credit or placement can open up time on your schedule or even let you
4. Keep Your Options Open - Earning college credit with AP can give you the flexibility to change majors, pursue a second degree, study abroad, or seek internships.
A Head Start in High School
Research consistently shows that AP students are better prepared for college than students who don’t take AP,
regardless of their exam score. They’re more likely to enroll and stay in college, do well in their classes, and graduate in four years.
Taking AP can help you:
1. Get a Taste of College - Get familiar with college-level work—and boost your confidence by tackling it
2. Develop College Skills - Time management, critical thinking, scholarly writing—AP courses and exams help you hone the skills you’ll need in college and career.
3. Discover Your Passion - Studying a subject in depth could give you new insights and even put you on the path to a career.
4. Boost Your GPA - Taking an AP course and exam can boost your GPA. Check with your school for more