Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide in-depth study in a number of subjects and preparation for national tests administered by the College Board, which are given in May of each year. These examinations are scored on a scale of one to five; with five being the highest score. Many students who perform well on the Advanced Placement exams, upon entering college, receive college credit and/or advanced placement in their college course work. Generally, a score of at least 3 is required for credit or advanced standing. AP exams contain either an essay or problem-solving section and another section consisting of multiple-choice questions.
Each college determines its own Advanced Placement policy and will specify the score on each exam necessary for credit or advanced standing. Review each college's website for more information on how they place students and award credit based on AP scores.