• Exciting new AP Resources are coming in August 2019. 

    The College Board is making changes to better support AP students, teachers, and coordinators

    WHAT THESE CHANGES MEAN FOR STUDENTS.  The AP experience will largely remain the same—students will still sign up for classes at the same time, and exams will still be administered in May—but there are a few changes they’ll notice throughout the 2019-20 school year.

    • FALL COMMITMENT. Students will sign up for AP Exams in the fall. Your school will provide directions on how to register and will place the exam order for students.
    • NEW RESOURCES. Students will get personalized feedback through new digital tools that provide daily support for every AP classroom. Their teachers will be able to track their performance throughout the year using an online bank of real AP practice questions and monthly personal progress checks.
    • Click here for more information about these changes.



    What is the Advanced Placement (AP) program?
    AP courses are college-level courses that are offered during high school. These courses were created by university professors to reflect what is being taught in first-year college classes.  This is a great opportunity to possibly earn college credit by passing the AP test. 

    • Click here to see the AP Credit Policies at Oregon State University, Portland State University and University of Oregon. 

    Who can take AP classes?
    AP classes are for students in grades 9 - 12.  They are NOT only for students with the best grades.  ANYONE who is confident, motivated and ready can enroll in AP classes.  


    What are the AP  exams?
    The Advanced Placement examinations allow high school students to demonstrate mastery of college-level course material and to even potentially earn college credit with qualifying exam scores.  AP tests measure students' mastery of knowledge and skills from AP courses such as...



    Each high school offers different AP classes, and AP course availability is often flexible. If you would like to see an additional class offered at a specific school, please get in touch with the counselor or AP coordinator.


    What are the benefits of AP classes?

    • AP lets students pursue college-level studies in high school.  They get the opportunity to earn college credit and/or placement into more challenging classes.

    • Taking AP courses shows the college admission officers that a student wants to take the most challenging courses available.  Having AP classes on a transcript can help tremendously with both college admissions and in receiving scholarships.

    • AP classes help students develop analytical abilties as well as communication, research and time-management skills.  

    • Students who score a 3 or higher are more likely to graduate college on time and can save time and money in college.

    • Even students who score below a 3 are still more likely to graduate college on time.  


    When are the exams administered?
    Click here for the May 2020 schedule of AP Exams.

    What are these exams like?
    The AP tests are generally a combination of multiple-choice questions and free-response items, such as essays, problem solving or spoken responses. Most AP exams are paper exams, while some such as AP Chinese and Japanese are computer-based.  Each test takes 3 to 4 hours to complete.


    How many college credits can I earn?

    The tests are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with a 3 or higher considered mastery.  Students who receive test scores of 3 or higher can earn college credit and/or placement into more advanced classes depending on a college's policies. Depending on the number of tests passed, a student can save thousands of dollars in college tuition fees.   

    To find the credit policy of a specific university, visit www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy.

    To see credit awarded in all of Oregon’s community colleges and Oregon University System, read the AP & IB Oregon State Credit Policy 2018 - 2019


    What if I want to know more about this program?

    AP for Families with PPS

    Advanced Placement for Parents

    College Board: Videos about AP for Parents and Students

    AP: Student Voices

    4 Facts About AP, IB Testing for Parents




    Tina Acker

    Director - AVID and AP Testing
    (503) 916-3345

    Tara Harding

    Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)
    (503) 916-3013 

    Anna Lortz

    District AP Testing Coordinator
    (503) 916-3517