Why You Should Take AP Tests





Why You Should Take AP Tests






May is AP testing month. Why should you take Advanced Placement tests?


Seniors – By the time you take AP exams in May, you have probably sent in your acceptance to your chosen college, so your test scores are not likely to change your admission status. However, depending upon your school, and your scores, you MIGHT receive equivalent course credit for classes and/or place into advanced classes. This may also allow you to save on tuition, or graduate early. You can find a college’s credit policy on the College Board’s website; however, you should always confirm the policy on the school’s own website.

Here are some different Credit Policy examples:

Arizona State University

Dartmouth College

California Institute of Technology

Juniors – See the information for Seniors above. In addition, if you take AP classes during your junior year, will have your scores available by the time you begin your applications during the fall of your senior year. By taking Advanced Placement classes, you demonstrate to college admissions officers that you can handle the rigor of advanced classes, but make sure that you are academically ready to take an AP class before you enroll.


Good to Know:

  • You do not have to take an AP class to take the exam. If you feel that you have sufficient knowledge, you may sit for the test.
  • Access to 2014 scores begins July 5th, 2014.
  • You may choose to withhold scores from the schools specified on your registrations answer sheet by completing the AP Score Withholding Form and sending it in by June 16, 2014; you can release the score later if you choose to do so.
  • Some highly selective schools will require SAT Subject Tests.


You should also be aware of some Myths about the Advanced Placement program – more is not necessarily better!

Note: Another interesting argument for taking AP tests is that even if the college you end up attending does not accept a 4 or 5 as credit for bypassing required courses, many of them still accept it towards your overall credits, which means you’ll have priority in choosing courses, dorms, parking spots, and so forth.

The requirements vary from college to college as do the perks, but when you’re a junior in college with a better course selection and parking spot, I’m sure you’ll be glad that you took that AP course in high school 🙂

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By Nancy Hurst, Founder, CollegeApplicationsGuide.com