The AP story
"One of the best standard predictors of academic success at Harvard is performance on Advanced Placement Examinations."
William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions, Harvard University
Started in 1955 by the College board, a national not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opporunity, the Advanced Placement Program enables students to pursue college-level studies while in high school. Based on their performance on rigorous AP Examinations, students can earn credit, advanced placement, or both for college.
The Advanced Placement Program has since been adopted throughout the world to provide academically stimulating and challenging courses. AP grades are now recognized by more than 3000 colleges and universities in Canada and the U.S. An international component of the AP program has now been developed to certify the achievement of successful students whose post secondary plans include the prospect of enrolling in a university outside North America.
Advanced placement is an Internationally recognized enrichment program that offers acceleration and challenge to motivated and gifted students. As such it eases the transition from High School to university. The program is now offered in over 40 countries worldwide. Currently, over 700,000 students from nearly 12,000 High Schools write over a million AP exams. Successful completion of these exams may permit students to obtain credit and /or placement in many second year university courses.
AP can change your life. Through college-level AP courses, you enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school; through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities.
What are the benefits of AP?
- An academic classroom environment
- Challenge and enrichment
- Subject specific specialization
- Equivalent University credit
- Advanced standing, credit and placement
- Greater opportunities for scholarships
- Program flexibility
- Excellent Diploma Exam marks
- International recognition and acceptance
AP: The Facts
- AP Exam grades are a strong predictor of second-year undergarduate GPA in biological sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences, second in strength only to high school grade point average.
- AP students whose AP Exam grades enabled them to skip into third, fourth, or fifth semester course outperform the students in those courses who had no skipped the prerequisite courses.
- When compared to non-AP students, students who took AP are twice as likely to take additional courses in those subject areas in college, and in some subject areas these AP students take double the number of additional courses.
With 37 courses and exams across 22 subject areas, AP offers something for everyone. Here are just a few reasons to sign up:
Gain the Edge in College Preparation
- Get a head start on college-level work.
- Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
- Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.
Stand Out in the College Admissions Process
- Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.
- Show your willingness to take the most rigorous courses available to you.
- Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.
Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons
- Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own.
- Study subjects in greater depth and detail.
- Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing, and understanding for yourself.
Opportunity to earn awards, scholarships
Possible tuition savings
Who should take AP?
This excellent program is offered to students at Bev Facey who wish to have an enriched, stimulating and motivating educational experience with peers of like interest and aptitude. A program that spans the three years in high school can be tailored to meet the interests and needs of the individual student.
Generally, a grade of 80% in a prerequisite course is recommended for students to enter an AP course. More important, however, is the student's motivation and commitment to the importance of education.
To be successful, students should:
- Like a challenge
- Have a well developed work ethic
- Be self-disciplined/motivated
- Have a specific interest in one or more AP subject areas
- Find learning stimulating and exciting
Must AP students write AP exams?
Students entering into the Advanced Placement program should have the goal in mind to earn credit towards their first year university level equivalent. Students are strongly encouraged to write the AP exam for their own benefit. Universities use the exam scores to determine exemptions from specific programs.
What are the costs for AP?
Bev Facey provides AP students with all the materials required in the various courses. The cost of writing the AP exam is approximately $90. The savings on first year University equivalence far outweigh the initial costs associated with the exam.