Recently, you started high school and you are wondering what AP classes are? You might have heard the name from other college kids. So, what are AP classes and Tests? AP (Advanced Placement) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. US colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.

The AP program is run by the college Board. They allow you take the courses at your school. Later this credits can/will qualify you for advanced classes when you start college. So, consider this an added advantage in college.

There are 38 AP courses that you can choose from.You can learn more about the courses on the college board

Why Take AP?

Why do we take any exam? To qualify of course, it’s a requirement, pass, move on to the next step, prove that we are smart. It’s the same for AP:

  1. They can boost your college application- You challenge yourself academically and show colleges that you are serious about your education. Ironically, getting a 5 on an AP shows a lot advancement compared to 90% in subject.
  2. AP can get you college credits- It will take you shorter time to graduate from college.
  3. AP helps you prep for college- The courses requires a lot of independent work thus gives you a dose to what’s college’s like.
  4. Rise to the top of the pile- The classes shows colleges that you are determined and ready to join in.
  5. Let’s you study what you love- There are 38 AP subjects and you get to choose the subject that interest you.

Where can you take the AP?

You can sign up through your high school. Keep in mind the school might ask you to take other courses and tests before they let you register.


AP tests are scored on a 1 to 5 scale as follows:

  • 5 – Extremely well qualified
  • 4 – Well qualified
  • 3 – Qualified
  • 2 – Possibly qualified
  • 1 – No recommendation

Complete List of AP Classes 

  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language and Culture
  • German Language and Culture
  • Government and Politics (Comparative)
  • Government and Politics (US)
  • Human Geography
  • Italian Language and Culture
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Latin
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Music Theory
  • Physics 1: Algebra-Based
  • Physics 2: Algebra-Based
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Spanish Literature and Culture
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art Drawing
  • Studio Art 2-D Design
  • Studio Art 3-D Design
  • US History
  • World History

How to prepare for AP?

Just like any other Test, AP requires your concentration, hard work and determination.

  • Download AP guidelines and materials from the internet.
  • Consult with your teachers.
  • Get yourself a good tutor or register for after-school programs.- Schools like Parinama academy offer training.


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