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What is Advanced Placement?
Advanced Placement is a program of college-level courses and exams that gives high school students the opportunity to receive advanced placement or credit in college. The content of these college-level courses is determined by the College Board.

Why Take an AP Class?
AP examinations offer students the following benefits:
• The opportunity to sharpen academic skills, allowing them to enter college with the confidence that they can succeed.
• Exemption by the college or university from introductory courses and permission to take higher-level courses, enabling students to move ahead in areas of interest.
• An opportunity to demonstrate to colleges the ability to successfully pursue rigorous coursework.
• Academic credit that can give them a head start in college.
• Tuition savings – a year or more of credit may be granted for a sufficient number of qualifying AP grades.
• Time to explore undergraduate subject areas that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to study, and time to pursue internships or to study abroad.
• The opportunity and satisfaction of meeting a challenge.
• Eligibility for collegiate honors and other special programs open to students who have received AP recognition.

How Do AP Exams Work?
Every examination receives an overall grade on a five-point scale:

  • Extremely Well Qualified: 5
  • Well Qualified: 4
  • Qualified: 3
  • Possibly Qualified: 2
  • No Recommendation: 1

2020 AP Exam Calendar

All dates and times set by the College Board

WEEK 1 - May 4-8, 2020

Monday, May 4

• U.S. Government and Politics (8 a.m.)
• Physics C: Mechanics (Noon)
• Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism (2 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 5
• Calculus AB (8 a.m.)
• Calculus BC (8 a.m.)
• Human Geography (Noon)
• German Language and Culture (Noon)

Wednesday, May 6
• English Literature and Composition (8 a.m.)
• European History (Noon)
• Physics 2 (Noon)

Thursday, May 7
• Chemistry (8 a.m.)
• Spanish Literature and Culture (8 a.m.)
• Physics 1 (Noon)
• Japanese Language and Culture (Noon)

Friday, May 8
• U.S History (8 a.m.)
• Art History (Noon)
• Computer Science A (Noon)

WEEK 2 - May 11-15, 2020

Monday, May 11
• Biology (8 a.m.)
• Chinese Language and Culture (Noon)
• Environmental Science (Noon)

Tuesday, May 12
• Spanish Language and Culture (8 a.m.)
• Latin (Noon)
• Psychology (Noon)

Wednesday, May 13
• English Language and Composition (8 a.m.)
• Microeconomics (Noon)
• Music Theory (Noon)

Thursday, May 14
• Comparative Government and Politics (8 a.m.)
• World History: Modern (8 a.m.)
• Macroeconomics (Noon)
• Italian Language and Culture (Noon)

Friday, May 15
• Computer Science Principles (8 a.m.)
• French Language and Culture (8 a.m.)
• Statistics (Noon)