Advanced Placement (AP)

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Q: What is Advanced Placement (AP)?
A:  AP is a program created by the College Board that offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students while being taught in their high school. Colleges and universities may grant course credit to students who obtain qualifying scores on the examinations.
Q: How do I sign up for Advanced Placement (AP) courses?
A: Contact your high school counselor for a list of available AP courses.
Q: How do I earn college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses?
A: All NDUS colleges and universities grant college credit for qualifying AP scores.
Q: What is a qualifying exam score?
A: An AP exam score of 3 or higher (on a 5-point scale) qualifies a student for credit at many colleges and universities and is a key indicator of college preparedness and success.
Q: How do I find my AP exam score?
A: After the scoring of exams in June, dissemination of AP score reports to students, their schools, and their prospective colleges is in July. Students will not receive paper score reports in the mail. Students can access their AP scores online at, however, must have a CollegeBoard account in place.
Q: How can AP courses help me succeed in college?
A: Taking challenging AP courses can help you get into college. Once you are in college, the skills that you developed in your AP courses—critical thinking, time management, study skills, etc.—will serve you well in college classes. AP can help you save on college costs through AP credit, scholarship opportunities and a greater likelihood of graduating on time.