Advanced Placement


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.

NEW Advanced Placement Exam Accommodations

Information was received from the College Board regarding details about how accommodations will be provided on this year's AP Exams. Students may only use accommodations they have had approved by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities Office. The College Board has the following updates regarding accommodations: 

  • Student do not need to submit any further requests to be able to use their approved accommodations on this year's AP Exams.
  • Extended time will be provided in the online exam for students approved for that accommodation.
  • Online AP Exams will be compatible with screen-reader software and ZoomText/Zoom functionality in a browser. The online AP Exam is optimized for use in the latest versions of Chrome (preferred), Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. The exam won't be compatible with Internet Explorer 11. Before the exam, students should ensure they have one of the optimized browsers for the exam and determine with which browser their screen-reader software works. Students should practice using their screen-reader software in one of these browsers before the exam. 
  • Students approved to use specific devices or other aids may use what they have access to at home. 
  • This year only, students approved for a reader or scribe may use assistive technology (screen-reader or voice-recognition software) if available, or the student may be assisted by a family or household member. Review details about readers and scribes
  • AP Coordinators do not need to submit a Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR) form this year.

If you have questions about accommodations, contact the Office of Academic Support