• Why should I take the AP test?

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            Simply taking a rigorous, college-level course isn’t enough.Taking the end-of-course AP Exam sends a powerful message to colleges and universities that a student is ready for them, and can enable students to gain admission, college credit, and placement into advanced courses. Colleges and universities give credit for qualifying AP Exam grades, not AP course grades.

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  • How difficult are the AP exams, and how will they prepare me for college level exams?

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    You will experience college-level testing. “Students who have prepared for and taken the AP Exams adapt more easily to taking college essay exams, and are especially skilled in including a thesis and a well-developed argument. They are also less intimidated by sophisticated, college-level multiple-choice questions that seek to test understanding over memorization.”—Robert Blackey, Professor of History, CSU, San Bernardino.

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  • Won't a low test score hurt my chances of getting into a good college?

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    It is a myth that low test scores can “Although the College Board reports all AP tests results to us, students should be aware AP test scores lower than 3 will not adversely affect their chances for admission.” –UC Admissions

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  • How high do I have to score to earn college credit?

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    All UC campuses grant credit for all College Board Advanced Placement tests on which a student scores 3 or higher. The credit toward graduation may get specific subject credit and/or credit toward general education or breadth requirements, as determined by evaluators at each campus. 

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  • How can taking the AP exam save me time and money?

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    If you earn a qualifying grade on an AP Exam, you can receive credit for the equivalent course at thousands of colleges and universities—thus saving your student time and you money!

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  • How will taking the exam help me to get into better colleges and universities?

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    Taking the exam can make you stand out in the admission process. “One of the best standard predictors of academic success at Harvard is performance on Advanced Placement Examinations.”—William R. Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions, Harvard University.

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  • What are other benefits to taking the AP Exam?

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    You could earn academic scholarships. “Having the AP Exam grade can make the difference when it comes down to awarding precious scholarship dollars.” —Edwina Harris Hamby, Dean of Admission Fisk University.

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