Setting Credit and Placement Policies
Over 99% of colleges and universities have an AP credit and placement policy in place.*
Based upon outcomes research and program evaluation, the American Council on Education (ACE) and AP recommend that credit and/or advanced placement be granted for AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. See the full credit recommendation chart.
The Review Process
- Assemble a policy review team on your campus. This team can include provosts, department chairs, and deans — any faculty and campus leaders who play a role in setting academic policies. Be specific about what you need and set a timeline for the review process.
- Make sure everyone involved has a solid understanding of your institution’s current AP policy.
- Visit AP course and exam home pages to download course descriptions. Share this information, along with credit-granting recommendations from College Board and the American Council on Education (ACE), with your review team.
- Review AP Exam scores and their correlations to college course grades.
- Take advantage of College Board’s additional resources, including recent research and tools your team can use to analyze AP students’ performance at your institution.
Once you have a revised policy, make sure it’s communicated to your staff and students through your website and bulletins.
* Out of 2,300 college and university campuses surveyed.