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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 Student Score Report, School Scholar Roster report, Scholar Summary report, and the Student Datafile.

Students

Mid-July

Notified by email, awards appear in their online score report.

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 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.

AP International Diploma

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

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

Discontinued AP Scholar Awards

The AP Program has discontinued awards that encouraged students to take a large number of exams. Below are the criteria for the discontinued 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.


Last awarded with the 2019 AP Exam administration

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.


Last awarded with the 2019 AP Exam administration.

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.


Last awarded with the 2019 AP Exam administration.

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.


Last awarded with the 2020 AP Exam administration.

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.


Last awarded with the 2020 AP Exam administration. 

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.


Last awarded with the 2020 AP Exam administration. 

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.