AP - Advanced Placement

What is Advanced Placement Examination

The placement of a high school student in a high school course that offers college credit if successfully completed.

Content of the Advanced Placement Examination

The content depends on which class you are taking as they vary from subject to subject and course to course. 

The AP Program offers 37 courses in a wide variety of subject areas. (Contact your high school for the courses that they offer)


NOTE: Students do not have to take an AP course before taking an AP Exam

All AP Exams include a multiple-choice and free-response section, with the following (3 types) exceptions:


 Seminar (written exam)

Research (academic paper and presentation and oral defense)


All three Studio Art exams (portfolio assessment) 


AP Exams in world languages and cultures include a speaking section with recorded student responses.

Test Dates

Differs year to year but usually exams are split up into two weeks with exams times either at 8 am or 12 pm.


The AP Exam fee is $92 per exam. The fee for the exams administered outside the United States varies. The College Board provides a $30 fee reduction for qualifying low-income students. Most states use federal and/or state funds to contribute to the remaining exam fee for low-income students. Check your respective school for possible fee waivers.


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