About Advanced Placement

The AP stands for Advanced Placement, a program in the United States and Canada. This is created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Students who obtain high scores in the exam may get placement and course credit from American colleges and universities. A panel of experts in their own field of study creates the AP curriculum for the College Board for various subjects. The curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study.

Advanced Placement

The AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC differ in their scope but not in the level of difficulty.

AP Calculus AB Topics

  • Functions, Graphs, and Limits
  • Derivatives
  • Applications of Derivatives
  • Integrals
  • Applications of Integrals

AP Calculus BC Topics

  • Functions, Graphs, and Limits
  • Derivatives
  • Applications of Derivatives
  • Integrals
  • Applications of Integrals
  • Polynomial Approximations and Series
  • Series of Constants
  • Taylor Series

Calculus BC is not different from Calculus AB, rather Calculus BC is an extension of Calculus AB. This can be clearly seen through topics involved in each of them. `Each course is challenging and demands an in-depth understanding of common topics.

Calculus AB and Calculus BC courses were designed to represent year-long college courses. Therefore, it is not suggested that you take both Calculus AB and Calculus BC courses within the same year.

A student is not allowed to take both the Calculus AB and Calculus BC exams within the same year. Also, one should not take the same AP Exam more than once in the same year; however, one may repeat an exam in a subsequent year. In such instances, both scores will be reported unless you request that one should be withheld or canceled.

Yes, a student can take both Physics 1 and Physics 2 exam. The best part is that a student can take one or both of the Physics exams, in the same year. 

For more information about the new AP Physics courses and exams, kindly visit the official website. 

A few schools, along with authorized AP test centers administer AP Exams in India.

You can check with your school’s AP coordinator to confirm if you can register for and take exams at your school. If in case, your school does not offer a specific AP Exam you wish to take, or if your school chooses not to administer any AP Exams then, you may register with any of the other test centers. If a test center in India does not offer a particular exam that you wish to take, you may contact AP Services for Students to locate other testing locations that accept outside students.

Indian test centers do not administer particular AP Exams: 

  • Computer Science Principles
  • Seminar
  • Research 

As students must be enrolled in the course at their own respective schools and will likely sit for these exams at schools as well.  Any other exam that requires additional equipment to administer, such as computers or recording devices for the language exam and Music Theory may not be offered by Indian Test centers. 

One should know all the requirements before registering for any entrance exam.

A student is required to have a valid govt.-issued photo ID i.e. Aadhaar Card or valid passport at the time of registration and also on exam day. 

We request all the interested students to begin the process to obtain or renew a passport month in advance of the annual AP Exam registration. 

Also, make sure that you have plenty of time before the exam dates as you need to submit your valid passport to a consulate to obtain a visa. If by chance, you cannot provide a valid government-issued ID then it depends on the authorized test center whether they allow you to register with an alternate form of ID (for example, a school-issued photo ID), which you must also bring on exam day.

The students can prepare well for an AP Exam at an authorized AP course i.e. your school. 

But, if your school doesn’t offer AP, then you can locate authorized AP online providers with the help of your school counselor.

The other option to prepare for AP Exams is to prepare on your own i.e. self-study and take an AP Exam without taking the AP course.

  • a) First of all, it is suggested to get familiar with the course material and exam format using detailed information about an AP course.
  • b) Secondly, analyze the course description and try the sample questions from previous exams for each subject.
  • c) Prepare well as per the exam pattern

In general, all students around the globe take the AP Exams during the first two full weeks of May. This is a 3-day late testing period in the third week of May is generally available for eligible students, although it depends on each school or test center to decide whether to offer late testing or not. Generally, late testing registration opens after the Regular Testing registration period concludes.

This varies from student to student. Mostly, students take the AP courses and exams in grades 11 or 12. However, one can take it earlier as well if one feels prepared to take on the challenge in grades 9 or 10.

The AP stands for Advanced Placement is a program developed and overseen by the College Board, the not-for-profit organization. This organization is also responsible for the PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, and other programs.

Yes, it is beneficial to take an AP course as this helps a student to prepare better for university. A few surveys have shown that students master in-depth content at the university level more easily after completing AP courses in high school. Students also get sophisticated academic skills and increased self-confidence in preparation for university. Students who take AP exams may receive university credit while still in high school, this saves both time and money. 

The cost of an AP exam is different in every country. The AP exam costs around $124 per exam at schools outside the U.S., Canada. Also, fees may vary from school to school outside the US.

Every university has a different policy about  AP and IB in terms of admissions, credit, and placement out of introductory courses. 

Both AP and IB are high-quality programs and are seen by colleges and universities as having value for admissions. AP offers more than 30 courses and exams, each designed to correspond to an introductory level college course. 

One has the flexibility to take just one or as many AP courses and/or exams that one desires, even if one is already enrolled in the IB course. AP Exam provides students with a standardized measure of their readiness for placement into a college course beyond the typical freshman course in a discipline. Exams are evaluated by college and university professors and AP teachers using college-level measures. Many colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada grant credits and placement for qualifying AP scores. Moreover, universities in more than 60 other countries recognize AP for their admission process. One can save money and get a head start on your degree when you enter college with the credit one has already earned through AP.

No such conditions are there as one can take most AP exams without taking the corresponding AP course as a pre-requisite. If the AP course is not offered at schools then, students prepare for the end of course exam on their own. 

However, there are a few exceptions:

  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research
  • AP Computer Science Principles

For these, one must take the course as a prerequisite. Only taking the exam will not give you a complete exam score.

It is essential to go through the AP credit policies of colleges. Visit the Credit and Placement page to understand the value of earning AP credit or placement or both. Each college has its own policies for awarding credit or advanced placement for AP Exams.  Most colleges accept a minimum score of 3 or higher. For college's credit policy, visit the official website of the College Board.  To check AP policies for colleges/universities outside the US, download a list of universities outside the U.S. that recognize AP for scholarships, admissions, credit or advanced placement or both.

Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. Thus, time to study for the AP exam varies from student to student. If a student is clear with concepts or aware of the course then, he might take less time as compared to a student who is not clear with the concepts or maybe a little weak in a particular subject. One should devote time as per their ability.

This depends on the students and their interests i.e. college major or career area. For instance, if a student plans to pursue Chemical Engineering or Major in Mathematics then, a student should take subjects like AP Chemistry or AP Calculus. Always consider AP recognition policies of a specific college/university where you wish to apply.

You can check your AP scores in the following way:

  • Sign up for a College Board account,
    If already done, then login to your official account.
  • If you have also applied for other programs then,
    You can use your SAT (or any other program) account to get your AP scores 

A student can check the score release schedule on the official website. The scores are released to both students and schools online beginning in July. 

The College Board recognizes that schools have varying degrees of human and financial resources, which affects the class size. Each individual school should make a decision that best suits its needs.

The AP label may only be applied to courses offered at or above the ninth grade level which are authorized through the annual AP Course Audit process. The AP label cannot be attached to courses or transcripts before grade 9 except AP world language and cultural courses. These courses specialize in linguistic proficiency and cultural competency.  However, in rare situations, these courses can be offered before grade 9 among students who can already speak, read and write the language fluently. 

The AP Course Audit is a routine annual process. However, after getting authorized in any given year, schools need not resubmit AP Course Audit forms or syllabi in the following years unless the teacher gets changed. The school offers a new AP course or the curricular and useful resource requirements for a course to undergo revision by the College Board. When the AP Course Audit begins, Administrators can renew their schools’ course authorizations for the following year through their AP Course Audit online accounts.

The AP Course Audit is just a way of achieving the mutual understanding between the AP teachers, their principals, and colleges and universities who get access to a ledger of courses authorized to use the “AP” designation. 

Each school participates in the audit differently, with some schools or districts using a common syllabus for a single subject and others using syllabi that varies from teacher to teacher. In order to ensure that each and every teacher shows their awareness and inclusion of the curricular requirements in their course. All teachers are required to submit the same type of materials for review.

A student can get more information about the AP exam and other things by visiting the AP section of the official website of the College Board. 

Students who take the AP Exam receive an exam grade from the College Board®. Each AP Exam score is a weighted aggregate of the student’s scores in the multiple-choice section and the free-response section. The final score of a student is reported on a 5-point scale. For further information, a student can visit the official website of the College Board. 

District officials with Course Audit accounts have a few resources available to them, such as a direct download of authorized courses for all schools in their district. With the available resources, districts can work with their schools’' teachers to ensure that they understand the AP Course Audit curricular requirements and timeline. Districts also help teachers to prepare syllabus for submission. 


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