St. Francis AP Students and Their Parents: AP Exams Update

Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be administered May 5 through May 15. AP students have recently received the AP Bulletins in their AP classes and parents of AP students should have recently received a letter informing them of the cost of AP exams. Parents will receive a second letter in April informing them of the specific procedures and instructions regarding AP exams.

At St. Francis, students are required to sit for the corresponding AP exams of the AP courses in which they are enrolled. By taking the AP exams and receiving a score of 3, 4, or 5, a student may earn credit and/or advanced placement in college. When students earn college credit, the associated cost savings can be thousands of dollars per course. Course exemptions also give students the opportunity to broaden their college experience by exploring additional subject areas. In addition, college admissions officers frequently view passing AP scores as an indicator of future success at the college level. The College Board releases AP scores online to students in July and—for the graduating senior—sends his AP scores to the college he designates at the time he sits for the exam.

Advanced Placement examinations are taken each May by students at participating American and international educational institutions. The tests are the culmination of year-long Advanced Placement (AP) courses. All but one of the AP exams combine multiple-choice questions with a free-response section in either essay or problem-solving format. AP Studio Art, the sole exception, requires students to submit a portfolio for review.

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