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    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. 

    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 2019 schedule of AP Exams being offered by PPS.

    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 2017-2018


    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