Advanced Placement Exams are rigorous, multiple-component tests that are administered at high schools each May. High school students can earn college credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP® Exam scores.
The majority of U.S. high schools currently participate in the AP Program, and most four-year U.S. colleges and universities grant credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying AP Exam scores. The College Board administers the AP program.
Schools interested in starting College Board approved Advanced Placement (AP) courses should visit these three websites for valuable information and helpful hints on how to establish an AP program.
- Start and Expand Your AP Program
- Starting an Advanced Placement (AP) Program at your School District
- Cultivating AP in Small Rural Schools
Note: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated approximately 49 programs, including the AP Test Fee Program, into a new Title IV "block grant". If your school had previously received funding through the AP Test Fee Program, you will need to talk with your principal and/or administration to develop a plan to obtain funding with ESSA.