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Advanced Placement Program

About Advanced Placement (AP)

With AP, students are able to experience the rigors of college-level studies while they still have the support of a high school environment. Resourceful and dedicated AP teachers help their students develop and apply the skills, abilities and content knowledge they will need later in college. What’s more, by participating in AP, your child has the opportunity to earn college credit and to stand out in the college admission process. With qualifying AP Exam scores, you can earn credit, advanced placement or both at the majority of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Individual colleges and universities, not the College Board or the AP Program, grant course credit and placement. You should obtain a college’s AP policy in writing. You can usually find this information through the institution directly or by using the AP Credit Policy Info search at

If you’re interested in applying to a college or university outside the United States, you can find information about AP recognition policies at

2019-2020 AP Testing Dates


AP Exam Score

Most two- and four-year colleges and universities worldwide recognize AP in the admission process and accept successful exam scores for credit, advanced placement, or both. Colleges that receive your AP score report will typically notify you during the summer of any advanced placement, credit or exemption you have earned. You can also contact your college to find out how your AP Exam scores are being applied.

Your AP Exam score is a weighted combination of your scores on the multiple-choice section and on the free-response section. Although colleges and universities are responsible for setting their own credit and placement policies, AP scores offer a recommendation on how qualified students are to receive college credit and placement. The final score is reported on a 5-point scale:

5 = extremely well qualified

4 = well qualified

3 = qualified

2 = possibly qualified

1 = no recommendation

The AP Program conducts studies in all AP subjects to compare the performance of AP students with that of college students in comparable college courses. These studies help set the “cut points” that determine how AP students’ composite scores are translated into an AP score of 1 to 5. AP Exam scores of 5 are equivalent to grades of A+ and A in the corresponding college course. AP Exam scores of 4 are equivalent to grades of A-, B+ and B in college. AP Exam scores of 3 are equivalent to grades of B-, C+ and C in college. You control which colleges (if any) receive your AP Exam scores. 

AP Courses Available at UHS
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
U.S. History
World History
Human Geography
Statistics and Probablilty
Environmental Science
Calculus A/B