The Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting. Rigorously developed by committees of college and AP high school faculty, the AP Exams test students' ability to perform at a college level.
Development Committees meet throughout the year to create new exams, which each contain a free-response section (either essay or problem solving) and a section of multiple-choice questions. The only subject that does not follow this format is AP Studio Art, which is a portfolio assessment. The world language exams also have a speaking component, and the AP Music Theory Exam includes a sight-singing task. The multiple-choice questions are scored by computer, while the free-response portions are evaluated by a team of skilled college professors and high school teachers who meet annually to score exams in their subject area. The involvement of college faculty at all levels of exam development and scoring ensures that the AP Exams truly reflect college-level achievement. Students who perform well can receive course credit and/or advanced standing at thousands of universities worldwide.
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Student Advanced Placement exam results are available in WISEdash beginning with the 2006-07 school year. The results are submitted directly to the DPI by The College Board just after the beginning of each school year.
Exam results are included for students that cannot be positively identified from the test record. These records are included in aggregate charts with Unknown student demographics.
AP Exam scores are reported by The College Board on a 5-point scale as follows:
5 - Extremely well qualified*
4 - Well qualified*
3 - Qualified*
2 - Possibly qualified*
1 - No recommendation**
*Qualified to receive college credit or advanced placement
**No recommendation to receive college credit or advanced placement
Students who earn AP Exam scores of 3 or above are generally considered to be qualified to receive college credit and/or placement into advanced courses due to the fact that their AP Exam scores are equivalent to a college course score of "middle C" or above. However, the awarding of credit and placement is determined by each college or university and students should check with the institution to verify its AP credit and placement policies.
For more information related to Advanced Placement testing, please see AP® or contact:
The College Board
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New York, New York 10023