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The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. The program consists of college-level courses developed by the AP Program that high schools can choose to offer, and corresponding exams that are administered once a year.
Each LBUSD high school determines AP Courses offerings. Check with your school for a list of AP courses offered.
Each AP course is modeled on a comparable introductory college course in the subject.
Each course culminates in a standardized college-level assessment, or AP Exam.
AP Exams are given each year in May.
Teachers are authorized by submitting an AP Course Audit to offer an approved AP course and use the AP designation.
Taking AP courses and exams can help students:
Stand out on college applications. AP courses on a student’s transcript shows that they’ve challenged themselves with the most rigorous courses available to them. And success on an AP Exam shows that they’re ready for college-level coursework.
Earn college credit and/or skip introductory courses in college. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States—as well as many institutions in more than 100 other countries—grant students credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores.
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