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Who Should take AP Courses and Exams?
*Advanced Placement (AP) is a global program; students in more than 100 countries participate in AP courses and exams.
*AP Exams provide colleges and universities with additional information about your ability to succeed in college-level study.
*AP courses can give you an edge on your college application.
*In the last decade, participation in the AP Program has more than doubled and the number of graduates succeeding on AP exams has also nearly doubled.
*In May 2015, more than 2 million students, representing over 20,000 schools around the world, both public and nonpublic, took over 4 million AP exams.
*Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely to succeed in college. Recent research found that AP students who were placed into higher-level courses in college through their AP exam grades, earned higher Grade Point Averages (GPA's) in those courses than students who did not earn AP credit..
*AP students typically earn higher college GPA's and have higher four-year college graduation rates than non-AP students.
*If you earn a high school diploma, you are likely to earn 9,000 more annually than students who do not complete high school.
What are the Benefits of Advanced Placement?*If you earn a Bachelor's Degree in college, you are likely to earn 21,000 more annually than a person who has only a high school degree.
*Students learn a subject in greater depth.
*Students further develop and practice analytical skills.
*Students gain confidence by by meeting the challenge of a college-level course.
*Students experience the rigor of college-level work within the supportive high school environment.
*In Millard, students earn weighted grades for AP courses in recognition of the extraordinary rigor of these courses.
*Students may earn college credit and/or advanced placement in college courses.
*Students (and parents) may save money on college tuition if students score well on AP exams.
*Colleges look for students who display a willingness to complete challenging academic work.
*Students who demonstrate success in AP classes are more likely to be admitted to honors programs in colleges.
*Each college decides how much credit to award for AP scores. Credit may range from 3 hours of college credit to 15 hours of college credit, depending on the test and score.
What Are Advanced Placement Courses?*Thousands of colleges worldwide give credit for qualifying scores of 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams. For more information check the College Board website.
*AP courses are introductory college courses. They are not easy, neither are they impossibly difficult.
*The AP program in Millard currently offers 27 courses across multiple subject areas.
*Each AP course is developed by a committee composed of college faculty and AP teachers, and covers the breadth of information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course.
*AP courses are taught by highly qualified high school teachers who create a course syllabus which is approved by the College Board.
*A student will develop writing skills, problem-solving techniques, and study habits that are expected of college students.
*A student should realize that taking an AP course is a serious commitment. Such courses often require more time and work in return for a greater opportunity to master a subject and explore it in greater depth.
What AP Courses are offered in Millard?*Taking rigorous AP courses demonstrates maturity, willingness to push personal intellect, and commitment to academic excellence.
What are Advanced Placement Exams?AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science Principles
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics 1: Algebra Based
AP Physics 2: Algebra Based
AP Comparative Government and Politics
AP European History
AP Human Geography
AP United States Government and Politics
AP United States History
AP World History
AP French Language
AP German Language
AP Japanese Language and Culture
AP Spanish Language and Culture
For each AP, course, an AP exam is administered at participating schools world-wide. Each AP exam contains a free response section (either essay or problem solving) and a section of multiple choice questions. The modern language exams also have a speaking component, and the AP Music Theory exam includes a sight-singing task.
Cost of Exams:
There is no cost for students in Millard to take the AP exams. The Millard Public Schools Foundation will pay for the cost for exams of every student. Students are expected to take the exams if they sign up to do so, as there is a cost involved once exams are ordered through the College Board. Students will be charged for unused exams.
Why Take an AP Exam?
Satisfactory scores on AP exams offer many benefits which may enhance applications for college admissions, placement, and scholarships. A student may receive college credit based on the AP score earned.
AP exams are administered each year in May. Every AP exam receives an overall grade on a five-point scale.
5 Point Scale:
5 - Extremely well qualified
4 - Well qualified
3 - Qualified
2 - Possibly Qualified
1 - No Recommendation
Millard teachers provide guidance and support as students prepare for exams, often using retired exams as teaching and learning tools. Students form study groups and teachers host review sessions.
AP Grade Reports are available online in July. To access reports, students must create an account at http://apstudent.collegeboard.org
Who Should take AP Courses and Exams?
Every student has the opportunity to participate in AP classes and take on the challenge of rigorous course work! If students are college-bound, AP is a necessity for preparation. The rigor of coursework in AP helps prepare students for the challenges of education at the college level.
Anyone who plans to go to college should take at least one AP course and exam! The courses are structured to be academically comparable to college courses. Experiencing college-level rigor not only helps students deepen their knowledge and skills in a chosen content area, it also gives them a realistic idea of what college work will be like. Students with a strong interest in the subject and the willingness to work hard will be successful in an AP course.
AP offers something for everyone. AP is not just for the top students taking honors courses. It is an opportunity to explore interests and stretch individual beliefs and abilities. Each course is a unique learning experience in which students explore subjects from a variety of perspectives. If offers something for every student who is prepared to work hard and challenge himself or herself.
What Honors can be Received?
Students have the opportunity to be recognized as AP Scholars depending on how well they score on the AP exams. The Millard Public School District continues to show an increase in the number of students recognized for these honors. This recognition can be a great addition to college applications and future resumes!