Advanced Placement (AP) Exam For US Colleges

AP Exam Preparation

The Advanced Placement (AP) Exam allows both US and International students to challenge themselves, explore their interests, and earn college credit and placement. Your AP exam scores can earn you college credit and let you skip introductory college courses. There are AP exams covering subject areas such as Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English Literature, Calculus, Economics and Psychology.

Prep Zone Academy has the best teachers to help you succeed, whether you’re just getting started or need specific help with difficult AP topics. The top schools in the US truly value AP results and it can be a great differentiating factor for internationally-based students in particular.  Scoring well in AP exams shows that you’re confident with college-level courses and are focused on US College admissions.

What are AP exams?

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are tests offered by the College Board. The tests are typically taken at the end of year-long AP courses in various subjects.

The students need to take a series of examinations to prove their worth. AP Courses are college level courses and the tests are set by the College Board itself. The best part of these exams is that you can earn college credits before taking admission! 

Let us take a look at how you can go about earning those precious college credits in high school.

How are AP exams scored?

Since AP exams are of the college level, the content is typically more challenging for high school students.

Hence, the administration provides a leeway in gathering credits for your future.

For instance, you don’t need to score top grades to earn credits. You can start racking them up on an average score too. In certain cases, depending on your target colleges, you might want to take fewer and do better instead. 

AP tests are rated on scores of 1 to 5. The one-pointers get no recommendation whatsoever. On the other hand, scoring a 5 on these tests would be outstanding.

To start accumulating college credits, you need a score of at least 3, depending on your target colleges.

What are the advantages of taking the AP exams?

AP exams are a way for you to demonstrate your academic caliber and ability to cope with advanced content to schools. For American High School students, there is typically a limit on the number of AP exams they can take. Aim to take as many as you can throughout the 4 years of high school.

Taking more than your peers could help you stand out in the application pool and improve your weighted GPA. However, do remember that your scores on these are as important as how many you take. Taking more tests than you can manage might compromise your GPA and hurt your applications more than help.

If you are not studying for an American High school diploma, the APs can be a bonus though not necessary. Do consider taking them if your schedule permits.

1. Graduate faster than your peers

As you might know, a student needs to amass around 120 credits to graduate from college. Since you have already started earning those credits in high school thanks to AP exams, before even attending the first college lecture, you have a high chance of graduating earlier than your peers. 

For example, you managed to score a 4 in your AP English literature exams. Let’s say that the college granted you 4 credits for this achievement. That could also mean an exemption from taking an introductory Literature course in university.

Thus, you will be able to give your college exams earlier than your peers, helping you graduate early too.

2. You won’t need to pay for the courses skipped

This leads to the second advantage: you won’t need to pay for the courses skipped due to your AP scores. Students with 4+ AP scores can skip an entire year or two. They effectively save nearly half the tuition fees. Furthermore, your name will be added to the top of the pile during college admissions if you manage to rank well enough in AP exams. Refer to the college board website for more information on which schools offer credit transfers and the minimum scores you need.

What Subjects Are Offered For AP Exams?

The AP exams consist of 7 subject areas which are AP Capstone, Arts, English, History & Social Science, Math & Computer Science, Sciences and World Languages & Cultures. There are 38 AP exams in total as listed below.

AP Subject AreasList of AP Exams
AP CapstoneResearch, Seminar
AP Arts2-D Art & Design, 3-D Art & Design, Art History, Drawing, Music Theory
AP EnglishEnglish Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition
AP History & Social SciencesComparative Government & Politics, European History, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology, United States Government & Politics, United States History, Modern World History
AP Math & Computer ScienceCalculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, Statistics
AP SciencesBiology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1: Algebra-Based, Physics 2: Algebra-Based, Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics
AP World Languages & CulturesChinese Language & Culture, French Language & Culture, German Language & Culture, Italian Language & Culture, Japanese Language & Culture, Latin, Spanish Language & Culture, Spanish Literature & Culture

All in all, if you are passionate about any of these subjects, then don’t hesitate to take the AP exams. You may need to study twice as hard in high school, but your efforts will pay off in college.

What AP Exams Should You Take?

The subject selection is entirely up to you! However, we do suggest taking at least a few subjects that demonstrate interest in your intended major. For instance, if you are planning to apply to Computer Science, AP Computer Science or Calculus would be excellent choices. If your strengths lie in different areas, use it to your advantage. AP History or AP French can help you stand out as a Computer Science major. The most important factor though is to take subjects that you enjoy and do well in! Having a low score in a challenging subject won’t help as much as a high score in any subject.

Taking AP in Singapore

Common subjects that are offered by schools in Singapore include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition.

At Prep Zone Academy, we provide focused revision sessions to identify the topics the student is having the most trouble with. We first conduct a short quiz to assess the areas the student is struggling with most and then work through these question types until they are comfortable and confident to answer them on their own.

AP Test Preparation Classes available:

AP English Literature & English Language
AP Physics 1 & Physics 2
AP Math – Algebra I & II, Pre-Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC
AP Biology & Accelerated Biology
AP Chemistry & Accelerated Chemistry
AP Computer Science
AP Economics
AP Psychology

*If your AP Subject is not listed above, kindly drop us a message to enquire on availability. 

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