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While AP® exams may seem far away (they will be offered in May of 2024), it’s never too early to get yourself familiar with the exam format and process.
Below you will find useful information from the College Board regarding the AP® exams.
As always, Regents Review will hold comprehensive one-day test prep classes in the weeks leading up to the exam date. We have over 40 years of experience in test preparation, along with positive reviews from both students and their parents.
The dates of our AP® and Regents Review classes will be listed in January of 2024. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us anytime on 877-339-5970.
Parent Resource: Understanding AP
Whether your teen is considering taking an AP® course for the first time, or has already started their AP journey, here’s information to help you understand and support their experience in AP.
Advanced Placement Basics
Benefits of Taking AP Courses and Exams
By taking an AP course and exam, your teen can develop valuable skills that will help them to be successful throughout high school and prepare them for a smooth transition to college.
“My child took AP Exams last year and started college this fall with 16 hours of credit, which is incredible, because that's an entire semester that I don't have to pay for.”
Virginia Virge Cornelius, Parent, Oxford, MS
Find more information about exams, the full schedule, and how to register.
Free Resources to Support Your Teen’s Learning and Exam Preparation
College Planning and Beyond
Other Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between AP, honors courses, and dual enrollment programs?
AP courses are reviewed and approved by college faculty to make sure that every student who takes AP is being asked to do college-level work, no matter where they take it. AP Exams are a standard way to measure how well students have mastered the subject matter.
Honors classes don’t necessarily prepare students for AP Exams, and there is no way to earn college credit simply by taking an honors class.
Dual enrollment programs don't offer a standard way to measure whether students have mastered college-level work. Because of this, it's difficult for college admission officers to know the quality or difficulty level of any dual enrollment course.
How Many Courses Are Enough? Who Should Take AP?
There's no specific number of AP courses that's right for all students. Every student is unique. Your child should talk to their teachers and school counselor to help them decide if they are ready to take AP courses and how many they should take.
If your teen took the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, or PSAT™ 8/9, their score report also provides them with information about which AP courses they may be successful in. They'll see which courses are offered at their school and which ones match a future major of interest. Learn more about AP Potential.
If your child is homeschooled or is attending a virtual school, learn more about how they can take an AP course.
Can my child take AP courses in the 9th or 10th grade?
Yes, as long as they are prepared to complete college-level work. Popular AP courses for 9th grade are AP Human Geography and for 10th grade are AP Seminar, AP Computer Science Principles, AP European History, and AP World History: Modern. Have your student check with their counselor to see what is available at their school.
Will it negatively impact my child's college applications if they don't do well in an AP course?
No. Just completing an AP course and exam shows their dedication to college-level work, and colleges like to see students who challenge themselves. Because AP coursework is college-level work, most high schools give an additional GPA boost for AP courses and exams. Check with your teen’s teacher or school counselor for more details on their school policy.
How Are AP Courses and Exams Graded?
When your child takes an AP course in school, they'll get a grade just like when they take any other course. Taking AP courses will help your child stand out to colleges and universities, but it won't earn them college credit.
When your child takes an AP Exam in May, college faculty and experienced AP teachers review your child's responses and give the exam a score of 1–5. Your child will get credit at many colleges and universities for AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Explore AP credit policies.
AP Exam scores are available in July. If your child already has a College Board online account, all they have to do is log in to AP Scores with the username and password they used when they created their account.
Students should send their AP Exam scores to the colleges they're planning to attend to be eligible for college credit or placement in an advanced course. Learn more about sending AP scores.