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Advanced Placement

General Information

More than 90 percent of four-year US colleges give students credits and/or advanced placement on the basis of AP Exam scores. AP courses can help students acquire the skills and habits needed to be successful in college. Students have the opportunity to improve writing skills, sharpen problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits. Research shows that students who take AP are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time.

Greater course depth
Students have the opportunity to dig deeper into subjects that interest them, develop advanced research and communication skills, and learn to tap their creative, problem-solving, and analytical potential.

Preparation for college-level work
AP courses give students access to rigorous college-level work. AP students build confidence and learn the essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.

Competitive advantage in college admissions
Eighty-five percent of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.

Take the next steps together
Encourage your child to talk to peers, counselors, and teachers to learn more about the benefits of AP courses and the specific process for enrolling in their school’s AP program.

College Board offers 38 AP courses in seven categories:

AP Capstone



History and Social Science

Math and Computer Science


World Languages and Cultures