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What is the AP?

Description of the AP test program developed by the College Board.

The AP test program has been administered by the College Board, a non-profit organization based in New York, since 1955. More than 30 AP courses and examinations spanning multiple subject areas are offered to students at the secondary school level. AP examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline. Completed AP examinations are scored on a numeric scale from 1 to 5. Students earning qualifying scores on AP examinations may obtain course credit and/or placement from colleges and universities. However, policies regarding the acceptance of AP exams or the scoring level required for course credit and/or placement vary from one college or university to the next. Individual colleges and universities, not the College Board or the AP test program, grant course credit and placement.

The California Department of Education does not have results that identify individual students. Please direct questions about individual scores, including requests for transcripts, to the College Board External link opens in new window or tab..

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Last Reviewed: Monday, September 28, 2015

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