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Upcoming Changes to AP Scholar Awards

As we do our part to reduce the burden on students, the AP Program is discontinuing awards that encourage students to take large numbers of exams. Starting with the May 2020 AP Exam Administration, we will no longer distribute State AP Scholar, DoDEA AP Scholar, and International AP Scholar awards.

Starting with the May 2021 Exam Administration, we will no longer distribute National AP Scholar awards – including the awards for students in Canada and Bermuda.

To see the criteria for the awards being discontinued in May 2020, click here.

The AP Scholar Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement on AP Exams. A roster of award recipients is provided online to their secondary schools and districts. Additionally, students can print a copy of their award certificate(s) online, and the awards are reflected on all score reports sent to colleges after awards are conferred.

Award Notification Schedule

Recipient

Availability Date

Method

Educators

Mid-July

Found in the School Scholar Roster report and the Scholar Summary report

Students

Mid-July

Notified by email, awards appear in their online score report

Summary Data

AP Scholar Award Levels

The AP Scholar Awards are academic distinctions for students to cite among their credentials on applications and résumés. Students do not receive any monetary award from the College Board.

Award

Criteria

AP Scholar

Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams

AP Scholar with Honor

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams

AP Scholar with Distinction

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams

National AP Scholar*

Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams

National AP Scholar (Canada)*

Granted to students in Canada who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams

National AP Scholar (Bermuda)*

Granted to students in Bermuda who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams

AP International Diploma

Awarded to students who display exceptional achievement across a variety of disciplines. See eligibility requirements.

*To be discontinued starting with the May 2021 AP Exam administration.

Note: The AP Capstone Diploma™ and AP Seminar and Research Certificate™ are reported to colleges and universities as AP Scholar Awards and appear in Scholar Roster reports.

Discontinued AP Scholar Awards

State AP Scholar

Granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken

DoDEA AP Scholar

Granted to the one male and one female student attending Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools with the highest average score on the greatest number of AP Exams. The minimum requirement is a score of 3 or higher on three exams.

International AP Scholar

Granted to the one male and one female student attending a school outside the United States and Canada that is not a DoDEA school with the highest average score on the greatest number of AP Exams. The minimum requirement is a score of 3 or higher on three exams.

Calculation Criteria

  • There are two steps to calculating the awards:
    1. The student’s average AP score is determined based on all exams taken this year and in previous years.
    2. The student’s exam scores are checked to see which ones count toward the various AP Scholar Awards.
  • A student must meet all criteria to be eligible. For example, a student who has a 3.25 AP score average but only received a 3 or higher on three exams will not receive the AP Scholar with Honor Award because the minimum requirement is a score of 3 or higher on four or more exams.
  • Exams taken multiple times only count once; the highest score will be used for the award calculation.
  • The Calculus AB subscore, Music Theory aural subscore, and Music Theory nonaural subscore are not used in the AP Scholar Award calculations.