The Top 50 AP Schools In Iowa
The AP Program
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program allows students to pursue college-level studies and take college-level exams while in high school. In May 2015, more than 2.4 million students took 4.5 million AP Exams in 36 subjects. AP exams provide a uniform standard of academic accomplishment across geography, economic status, ethnicity, and school size. Students can earn college credit or advanced placement in college courses with a qualifying AP Exam score at thousands of colleges and universities. An AP Exam score of 5 is considered top-level work in a corresponding college course; many colleges and universities recognize an exam score of 3 with college credit or advanced placement in college courses.
AP courses and exams are a rigorous and meaningful indicator of academic preparation for college (Geiser & Santelices, 2004). Keng and Dodd (2008) report that “AP Credit students consistently outperformed non-AP students of similar academic ability in all college outcome measures” (p. 1).
AP courses and exams also help students:
- Stand out in the college admissions process.
- Earn academic scholarships and awards from colleges and universities.
- Experience college-level academics now, while they're still in high school.
- Save time and money once they get to college, providing them with more study options and allowing them to move directly into upper-level courses in their field of interest.
To continue reading about the AP Program, visit the College Board's website.