Established over 40 years ago by the College Board (USA), the academically challenging Advanced Placement (AP) courses are designed to expose able and motivated High School students to university-level academic material.
Students who achieve a satisfactory score on AP examinations may receive credit at most American Universities. In addition, approximately 300 world-class universities internationally accept AP grades in the admission process. Included in that illustrious list are Perth's own University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.
The AP functions as a co-operative educational endeavour between secondary schools, colleges and universities. Secondary schools lay the foundation by offering their students AP courses taught by dedicated and committed teachers. High School students who successfully complete these courses, in turn, demonstrate to colleges and universities that they have mastered the subject material by taking AP Examinations. By assessing and evaluating the AP examination grades, colleges and universities award prospective students either credit or placement (e.g. sophomore standing) for the subject.
The AP is considered the standard for academic exellence in the US, where more than 50% of secondary schools currently participate. AP students demonstrate to universities and colleges that they have learned a subject in greater depth, are motivated to take challenging courses, and have acquired the type of study skills necessary for successful study in college. AP course completion can also lead to significant financial savings, since more than 1,400 US colleges and universities award up to a full year's credit to students presenting successful grades on AP exams.
AP offers something for everyone. Here are just a few reasons to sign up:
Gain the edge in university preparation
- Get a head start on university-level work
- Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques
- Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work
Stand out in the university admissions process
- Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college
- Show your willingness to take the most rigorous courses available to you
- Emphasise your commitment to academic excellence
Broaden your intellectual horizons
- Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own
- Study subjects in greater depth and detail
- Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analysing, and understanding for yourself.