University Recognition and Credits

The AP is fully recognised in the United States and Canada, where approximately 3,000 colleges and universities take part in the program. The vast majority of universities who receive AP grades grant credit or advanced placement for successful examination results. Students can earn anywhere from one college credit hour to sophomore standing, depending on the number of AP exams they have taken and the grades earned on them. AP students who are applying to universities are advised to enquire directly at the university concerning its respective AP policy.

AP courses are important acceptance criteria for selective universities in North America that are looking for able, motivated students. By taking an AP course, students demonstrate to university admissions officers that they have developed the advanced study skills required in higher education.

The AP is increasingly recognised as a university entrance qualification in Europe and throughout the rest of the world.  Students who have earned the Advanced Placement International Diploma or achieved successful results on at least three AP exams, fulfil university qualification requirements for numerous selective universities in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The AP examinations, developed each year by professional educational committees appointed by the College Board, are administered at ISWA in May.

AP examinations are designed to accurately test the material students have covered in AP courses. They are graded by experienced AP teachers and college professors on a scale of 1 (no recommendation) to 5 (extremely well-qualified) and are a weighted combination of the student's score on the multiple-choice section and the free response or essay section. The results of the examinations are sent by the College Board to candidates, ISWA, and any colleges or universities the student specifies.

Advanced Placement Scholar Awards

Award Requirements
AP Scholar Grades of 3 or higher on three or more full-year AP Exams
AP Scholar with Honour Grades of 3 or higher on four or more full-year AP Exams:  average exam grade of 3.25
AP Scholar with Distinction Grades of 3 or higher on five or more full-year AP Exams:  average exam grade of 3.5


The Advanced Placement International Diploma  (APID)

The APID certifies the achievement of successful AP candidates and is recognised by a number of universities around the world. It was designed to accommodate American and International students at Secondary Schools in the US or abroad who are applying to a university outside the US.

To qualify for the APID, students must earn AP grades of 3 or higher on four AP exams in three of the five subject areas listed below. Students must take a total of two exams in two different languages (Subject Area I), either a Science or Mathematics exam (Subject Areas II & III), and one or more exams from any subject area not already used.

Subject Area I Languages
Subject Area II Mathematics
Subject Area III  History & Social Sciences
Subject Area IV Sciences
Subject Area V Electives

Students do not formally apply for the APID. It is automatically awarded to any AP student who successfully completes the Diploma criteria and resides outside the US.

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