• Advanced Placement (AP)


    What are the Advanced Placement (AP) tests?

    The Advanced Placement examinations allow high school students to demonstrate mastery of Advanced Placement course material and potentially earn college credit with qualifying scores.

    Who takes it?

    Students enrolled in AP courses in grades 9-12.

    What does it measure?

    AP tests measure students' mastery of knowledge and skills from AP courses such as...

    • US History
    • Calculus AB/BC
    • Statistics
    • English Composition/Literature
    • Physics
    • Biology

    Contact your child's high school for more information about available AP courses.

    When is it administered?

    Please refer to the AP Testing Schedule for dates.

    How is it administered?

    • Some AP exams are paper exams, others such as AP Chinese and Japanese are computer-based.
    • Each test takes 3.5-4 hours to complete.

    How are the results used?

    If a student earns qualifying scores, students can earn college credit. What scores and what subjects qualify for college credit vary by college.

    Who requires it?

    These tests are optional. 

    What if I want to know more about this assessment?

    Please visit the PPS Advanced Placement website for contact information.