Students who complete TPS AP courses and follow our study guidance can generally expect to earn scores of 4 or 5 on the corresponding AP exams.
TPS is the top provider of online AP courses to independent students. We have the strongest record of test preparation success as measured by actual scores and percentiles each year. The primary purpose of a certified AP course is to prepare for an AP exam. If you are planning to take an AP exam, then for best chance of earning a score that qualifies you for college credit, you will want to take the certified AP course from TPS.
Why take a certified AP course? An Advanced Placement or “AP” course certified by the College Board is intended to prepare students for AP exams given by the College Board. AP® is a trademark owned by the College Board. To be listed on a transcript as an AP course, the course must be approved by the College Board.
Why take AP exams?
- Most colleges use good AP exam scores to allow you to skip certain freshman courses. Which courses can be skipped and what scores are required vary from college to college, so you should check with your colleges of interest.
- Competitive colleges use AP exam scores as part of academically ranking their stronger applicants.
- Whenever a college sees an AP course on a transcript, they look for the strong AP exam score to validate the course and support the transcript.
How high do AP exam scores need to be? Competitive colleges require scores of 5 (highest) or 4 to receive college credit. Some schools give credit to scores of 3. Because higher scores matter, AP exams are usually taken in grades 11 and 12, and sometimes in grade 10.
What are good AP courses to take first?
A strong grade 9 student should consider:
- AP Human Geography – Standout HS social studies course. (Currently seeking a teacher.)
Strong grade 10 students should consider:
- AP U.S. History – Stronger alternative to a standard HS required course.
- AP European History – Modern Western History course essential to a strong humanities curriculum.
- AP World History – Modern – Stronger alternative to a standard HS World History course.
- AP U.S. Government and Politics – Stronger alternative to a standard HS U.S. Government course.
- AP Comparative Government and Politics – Excellent option for any student considering political or international affairs majors. (Currently seeking a teacher.)
- AP Macroeconomics and Microeconomics– Stronger alternative to a standard HS requirement. Two HS credits in one year.
Why take certified AP courses from TPS?
- TPS AP students are top scorers each year, with higher scores and percentiles than you will find elsewhere. Students who complete TPS AP courses and follow our study guidance can generally expect to earn scores of 4 or 5 on the corresponding AP exams.
- TPS updates each AP course every year to utilize the latest exam preparation resources offered by the College Board exclusively to registered schools. (Since this is not a requirement, most AP course providers update their courses infrequently and incompletely.)
- TPS actively represents independent students in the AP process with the College Board, including participation in annual meetings and providing TPS teachers to be AP exam graders.
TPS currently teaches the AP courses listed below — enough varied options that every diligent high school student can boost his transcript with AP credit and exam scores. Some of these TPS courses listed below are also eligible for a direct (without taking the AP exam) college credit transcript from Belhaven University (number of direct college credits is in parentheses).
AP® courses taught by TPS
- AP Art History (3 credits)
- AP Biology
- AP Calculus AB (3 credits)
- AP Calculus BC (6 credits)
- AP Comparative Government and Politics (currently seeking a teacher)
- AP Computer Science A (Java)
- AP English Language and Composition
- AP English Literature and Composition
- AP Environmental Science
- AP European History
- AP French
- AP Human Geography (currently seeking a teacher)
- AP Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
- AP Physics 1
- AP Psychology (3 credits)
- AP Spanish
- AP Statistics
- AP U.S. Government and Politics
- AP U.S. History
- AP World History – Modern
TPS preparation for AP courses
- English 4/5 Advanced Comp – Style and Rhetoric (Honors)
- English 4/5 Lit Survey and Composition (Honors)
- Biology (Honors)
- Chemistry (Honors)
To find more details on these and related courses, please select the AP category in our Course Catalog.
*TPS has several sources for this data: Each year we survey our students after the exams to find out their scores and we query the College Board for their scores, and then we cross-check the data to compile a valid TPS data set of scores for each exam. We analyze the TPS data set against the national AP® scores and subscores (data is released by the College Board after each exam cycle) to statistically assess TPS scores and subscores for each exam each year. We also analyze our AP® course grades against the AP® test results, to ensure that our courses continue to support the level and content of each AP® test.
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