Advanced Placement

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Advanced Placement (AP) is a College Board program that offers North Dakota high school students the opportunity to take rigorous, college-level courses and earn college credit while in high school. Students engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively.

North Dakota offers a variety of AP courses. Some North Dakota school districts offer AP courses in person. AP courses are also offered online through the North Dakota Center for Distance Education.

AP exams are administered each year, and students earn scores ranging from 1-5 on their exams. Many colleges throughout the United States offer college credit (and/or advanced placement) for students who score 3 or higher on their AP exam. Students should check with individual colleges for the most current list of the AP courses each institution accepts for college credit.

If you are interested in the AP program, talk to an AP teacher, the AP Coordinator at your school, or your counselor. For additional information, visit the CollegeBoard website.


February 16, 2018 - Advanced Placement Exam Fee Webinars
January 10, 2017 - 2017 Advanced Placement Exam Fees
December 12, 2016 - Advanced Placement Webinar Series – Exam Fees and Useful Tools September 29, 2016 - Advanced Placement Workshops
July 7, 2016 - Co-Convened Early Entry/Dual Credit and Advanced Placement (AP) Classes
July 7, 2016 - Designation a Legal Document to Exchange Early Entry/Dual Credit Coursework Among NDUS Colleges and Universities
April 5, 2016 - Advanced Placement Professional Development Opportunities

AP Support
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) is continuing an initiative which waives some or all of students’ Advanced Placement (AP) testing fees for AP English, AP mathematics, AP science, and AP computer science exams. In order to be eligible to receive this benefit, students do not need to currently be taking an AP class.
To inform educators about the current offerings of AP and to assist school officials with the logistics of this program, the NDDPI and College Board will be conducting a webinar outlining the process of submitting the proper worksheets and documentation for AP exams. Guidance this year will be similar to that of last year. A webinar is scheduled for March 12, 2018 at 2:00 (CT).
Last year's webinars took place:
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM (CT)
    • Provided viewers a general summary of the AP exam program and the ND initiative
    • Offered a brief overview of the AP Potential tool available to instructors
    • Recording January 11, 2017
    • Presentation January 11, 2017
Additional information on AP, exam information, and fees can be found on the NDDPI or the College Board AP Central websites.  
If you have any questions, please direct them to Matt Scherbenske at (701) 328-2629 or Ann Ellefson at (701) 328-2488.