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Reasons to Choose Advanced Placement

Increased Intellectual Training

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives high school students the opportunity to participate in classes that are invariably more rigorous and in-depth than other high school offerings. To enroll in an AP class is to enter a world of intense discussion and thought, a class where students are given the intellectual responsibility to think for themselves. Students in AP classes learn to reason, analyze and understand. Such intellectual training inevitably helps them succeed in college, where these skills are essential.

Broaden Their Horizons

Many students also use AP to broaden their intellectual horizons. Some, for example, pursue double majors or a combined B.A./M.A. program; others exercise the option to take more advanced courses in disciplines where they receive a firm grounding from AP; still others take a year off to study or travel abroad.

Ready for College

AP students are best prepared for college. Already exposed to college-level work through the AP Program, they arrive at college better prepared for serious academic work. Well-prepared students not only make teaching and learning especially rewarding, but also tend to be more motivated-a factor known to increase retention. Studies show that many students who take the AP Exams graduate in four years with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

AP College Facts
  • More than 90 percent of U.S. colleges and universities give credit and advanced placement to AP students.
  • Some 50 percent of U.S. colleges and universities offer sophomore standing to students who have a sufficient number of qualifying grades.
  • A 1998 ETS study concluded that students with qualifying grades of 3 or above on AP Exams earn higher grades in advanced college courses than classmates who have taken the prerequisite college course.
  • Recent data show that AP students tend to follow the same course of study at college that they began in AP. This is particularly true of AP students of biology, physics, calculus, studio art, and Spanish literature.
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