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Taking AP classes can help students:

Build skills and confidence.

  • AP students learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
  • They dig deeper into subjects that interest them and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving skills to address course challenges.

Get into college.

  • Students who take AP courses send a signal to colleges that they’re serious about their education and that they’re willing to challenge themselves with rigorous coursework.Jump to footnote [1]
  • 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.Jump to footnote [2]

Succeed in college.

Research shows that students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers.Jump to footnote [3]

Save time and money in college.

  • Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on timeJump to footnote [4]—which means they avoid paying for, for example, a fifth year of tuition.
  • Most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. This can mean:
    • Fulfilling graduation requirements early
    • Being able to skip introductory courses or required general-education courses

Recognized by Universities Worldwide

For students considering studying outside their home country, AP can serve as a global credential. Universities around the world recognize AP when making admissions decisions.

Qualifying AP Exam scores earn university credit in nearly all universities in the United States and Canada and are recognized in over 100 other countries worldwide. Scores of 3 or 4 on AP Exams fulfill admission requirements in many universities in UK and Europe.

Each college and university determines its own policies regarding AP Exam scores. For detailed information about the AP recognition policies of universities, use the searches below:

Jump to footnote [1] referrer. The College Board, The 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation, February 11, 2014.

Jump to footnote [2] referrer. Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc., March 2007.

Jump to footnote [3] referrer. Linda Hargrove, Donn Godin, and Barbara Dodd, College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences (New York: The College Board, 2008). Chrys Dougherty, Lynn Mellor, and Shuling Jian, The Relationship Between Advanced Placement and College Graduation (Austin, Texas: National Center for Educational Accountability, 2006.

Jump to footnote [4] referrer. The College Board, College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences, 2008.