Advanced Placement

AP Exams

The time has arrived for us to order your AP exams for writing in May! Please see the attached files for information on AP exam writing, as well as the form to complete and return to the school in order to register for a writing session. You may also choose to use the Advanced Placement Exam Registration link to register rather than returning the printed form. Please have your registration returned by March 21, 2019 so we can send the information to the College Board before spring break.

Below you will find some links to post-secondary institutions in our area where you can explore the benefits of writing the Advanced Placement exams:

Thank you for your prompt attention to this registration!

Learn more about AP® and view our Bev Facey Advanced Placement Brochure

Click here to view information about our 2019 Pre-administration Session

Please contact our AP® Coordinator Cherum Orr.

Advanced Placement carries the same workload and expectations as the -1 stream but may move at a faster pace. This allows opportunity for delving further into content and including additional AP curriculum if it differs from the Alberta Education curriculum. In many courses, the Alberta curriculum is very closely aligned with the Advanced Placement curriculum and there is very little variance.

The assessments and standards of assessment are the same for an AP class and a -1 class as we only report a final mark to Alberta Education based on our curriculum. Students in AP may have formative assessments within their PowerSchool simply to highlight their achievement on additional AP material, but that will not affect their summative assessments UNLESS an advanced assessment shows improved learning as per Administrative Procedure 360, teacher’s may include this positive improvement to the student grade.

Why take the Advanced Placement exam? Universities and colleges recognize scores on Advanced Placement exams and courses as potential replacement percentages over final grades for admission. For the University of Alberta this equates to a 76%, 86%, or 96%. This percentage would replace the overall average from Alberta Education if it is higher. A-level universities recognize a score of 4 or 5 as credit for many equivalent introductory courses. Many B-level universities and colleges also recognize a score of  3. This can provide opportunities for students to qualify for mini “scholarship” opportunities based on their results and ensuing post-secondary course requirements. These opportunities are specific to each university and college but the U of A documentation has been included here for reference.

Lastly, many post-secondary institutions are moving to a holistic application which includes more than admission averages. Within this scope, students who are challenging themselves with the rigor and focus of an AP course, are receiving a higher recommendation for admission.

Bev Facey regularly offers 9 AP® courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature and Composition, Physics 1, Physics 2, Capstone Seminar, and Capstone Research. 

Each AP® course has a "pre-AP" (honors) course leading into it. For example, to take the Biology AP exam in Grade 12, students are required to take Science 10AP & Biology 20AP.

Coming soon AP courses: English Language and Composition, Drama, Art, Computer Science Principles, Music Theory, French Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture

Please visit the AP FAQ 2018-2019 for valuable information regarding typical questions asked.

Please visit Advanced Placement Information Session  for more information or download the Re-Designing Advanced Placement pdf.

Post Secondary and AP

University of Alberta

Grant MacEwan

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