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Any course that a school labels “AP” must go through a process called the AP Course Audit, which ensures that each AP course meets specific standards. After a course is authorized through the audit, it will appear in the AP Course Ledger, the official list of all AP courses.

The AP Program created the Course Audit in order to:

  • Give AP teachers and administrators clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements that each AP course must meet.
  • Give colleges and universities confidence that AP courses are designed to meet the same college-level criteria across high schools.

Each individual school should develop its own curriculum for courses labeled “AP.” We don’t mandate curricula for AP courses; instead, we provide each AP teacher with a set of expectations that college and secondary school faculty nationwide have established for college-level courses—expectations that they should meet or exceed in their course design. Credit for the success of AP courses belongs to the individual schools and teachers that create powerful, locally designed AP curricula.

New for 2019-20:

To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources and supports launching in August, teachers won’t be required to submit a syllabus for course authorization for most courses until the 2020-21 school year. (The exceptions are AP Computer Science Principles, AP Research, and AP Seminar, which will follow the usual procedure.) Teachers should consult their course’s individual pages for more information on how to ensure their course appears on the AP Course Ledger and they have access to online score reports in July 2020.


How It Works


Get Started

Visit course page
Teachers of the course visit Explore by Course and click on their course to open its Course Audit page.

Prepare your course documents
Teachers create a course syllabus designed to meet the curricular requirements. For most subjects teachers will not be required to submit a course syllabus until the 2020-21 school year. Note: AP Computer Science Principles, AP Research, and AP Seminar teachers will still need to submit a course syllabus for the 2019-20 school year.




Sign in to AP Course Audit
Teachers sign in to or create their AP Course Audit account.

Add course
Teachers click Add New Course and choose the subject.

Fill out form
Teachers fill out the online AP Course Audit form and submit it.

Approve form
The school AP Course Audit administrator—the principal or a principal’s designee—signs in to AP Course Audit and approves the form.

Submit syllabus
Teachers upload and submit their course syllabus. (The deadline for submission is January 31.)



After Submission

Program review
External college faculty members who teach an equivalent college course review the submitted syllabus and grant AP designation if it’s approved. Teachers will hear from the program within eight weeks.

If the course is approved
It is added to the AP Course Ledger. Also, the AP teacher is granted access to online student score reports and secure documents including practice exams.

If the course is not approved
Teachers can revise the syllabus and resubmit it. If authorization is not granted after the second submission, teachers can speak directly with one of the college faculty members who reviewed their syllabus for assistance.

In Depth: Course Authorization

Learn more about course authorization, including how you can and can’t use the “AP” label.


AP Course Audit Site: Key Offerings

For Teachers

  • List of the curricular and resource requirements for each AP course.
  • Resources to help you design a syllabus to obtain course authorization.
  • Access to your students’ AP Exam score reports (after your course is authorized).
  • Access to secure documents including practice exams and sample student responses (after your course audit form is approved by a school administrator).

Go to the Teacher page.



For Administrators

  • Lists of curricular and resource requirements for each AP course.
  • Link to the AP Course Ledger, so you can verify that your school’s AP courses are listed correctly.

Go to the Administrator page.


See All Authorized AP Courses

The AP Course Ledger is the official, up-to-date, comprehensive list of courses that have passed the AP Course Audit. It’s searchable by school, subject, city, state, country, and more, and it’s updated every year in November to reflect offerings in the current school year.


Go to the AP Course Ledger