AP Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is AP?
  2. Why should I be interested in taking AP courses?
  3. What are the AP exams?
  4. How is the AP exam scored?
  5. Which AP course should I take?
  6. How do I register for the AP exams?
  7. Why should I choose Excel Test Prep for my AP exam prep?

 

1. What is AP?
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are an opportunity for high school students to take college-level courses and earn college credit. Each AP course is modeled after a college course and the syllabi are audited and approved by college and university faculty.

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2. Why should I be interested in taking AP courses?
Taking AP courses shows college admissions officers that you are motivated to learn and are proactive in seeking out the most rigorous coursework available to you. It also helps your chances of admissions if you already have college credit.
And of course, it will help you greatly adjust to a college-level workload before you actually begin your college career.

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3. What are AP Exams?

The AP Exams are rigorous tests that are given at the end of every AP course. These exams are designed to test the student's knowledge as well as their ability to handle and retain college-level information.
The exams are 4 hours long and test material taught throughout the entire year. Each exam contains both a free response section and a multiple choice section, with the exception of the Studio Art (2D and 3D) exams.  If a student passes the AP exam, his or her AP course will count as college credit toward his or her degree.

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4. How are the AP Exams scored?
The AP Exams are scored by both AP teachers and college faculty. The multiple choice section is graded by computer, but free response questions are scored by thousands of college faculty and AP teachers every year. In each subject, a highly respected and qualified college faculty member
Scores for the free responses are combined with weighted scores from the multiple choice section. These raw scores are converted into final AP Exam scores of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. A score of 3 is typically considered as "passing."

AP Score Qualification
5 Extremely Well Qualified
4 Well Qualified
3 Qualified
2 Possibly Qualified
1 No Recommendation

What qualifies as a good score for you will depend on what colleges you are applying for. Call or look up the admissions statistics for your colleges for more information.

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5. Which AP course should I take?
Choose your AP courses based on your academic strengths and interests. AP Courses are much more rigorous than regular high school courses, so be sure to choose a subject with which you are already strong. It also helps to choose a subject you are genuinely interested in; your genuine interest will make the coursework more rewarding.

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6. How do I register for the AP Exams?
AP Exams are hosted at the same schools that the courses are given. Call and ask your high school AP teachers about how to pay for and register for the AP Exams.

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7. Why should I choose Excel Test Prep for my AP exam prep?
Excel Test Prep has dedicated, specialized instructors that are experts in their respective fields. We also have a long record of maximizing students' scores and we will help you succeed in your AP Exams.
We use 100% REAL AP exams for practice. This way, there are no surprises for Excel students when they take their AP Exams.
Course materials are heavily researched original material as well as official AP guides. That includes our Excel Test Prep Manual with tricks and tips to do well on the AP Exams.

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