Advanced Placement

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Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses offered by trained high school teachers in the regular high school setting. During the 2014-2015 school year, 5,907 high school students participated in AP courses throughout North Dakota.

AP courses guarantee rigor in our classrooms. The high school teachers who offer AP courses are trained by the College Board to offer the course at a college-level and have a syllabus approved by College Board. AP courses are challenging and require significant study time on a daily basis. Assessments in these classes require sophisticated critical thinking skills. In May of each year, AP students take the AP exam(s). Students who score at the 3, 4 or 5 level may be able to earn college credit for these courses taken in the high school. Policies for credit differ from college to college, so take care to check college admissions and credit policies.

There are a variety of AP courses offered throughout North Dakota. Not all courses are offered in each high school. Check with your AP teacher, the AP coordinator at your school or your school’s counseling department to learn which of these courses are offered in your high school.

North Dakota Exam Fee Waiver
On March 7, 2016, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) announced a program to waive some or all Advanced Placement testing fees for English, mathematics, science, and computer science exams.