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.
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?
- 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.
- Competitive colleges use AP exam scores as part of academically ranking their stronger applicants.
- 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.
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? Strong grade 10 and up students should consider:
- AP Human Geography – Standout HS social studies course.
- AP Macroeconomics + AP Macroeconomics – One full-year course for two AP exams. Fulfills all HS economics requirements.
- AP U.S. History – Stronger alternative to a standard HS required course.
- AP World History: Modern – Stronger alternative to a standard HS World History course.
- AP European History – Modern Western History course essential to a strong humanities curriculum.
- AP® Art History – Transcript-boosting HS elective.
Why take certified AP courses from TPS?
- TPS AP students score higher — we track the data every year for every test. TPS average scores on each test are in the upper 1/3 — often higher — of the national scores for each exam.
- TPS AP courses are exceptional on-line classes that offer a complete package of live instruction and interaction, individual evaluation and feedback, and guided test preparation from a master teacher.
- 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 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 courses listed below are also eligible for a college credit transcript from Belhaven University (number of potential college credits is in parentheses).
AP® courses taught by TPS
AP Art History (3 credits)
AP Biology (8 credits)
AP Calculus AB (3 credits)
AP Calculus BC (6 credits)
AP Comparative Government and Politics
AP Computer Science A (Java)
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP Environmental Science
AP European History
AP Human Geography
AP Macroeconomics + AP® Macroeconomics
AP Physics 1
AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP U.S. History
AP World History: Modern
TPS preparation for AP courses
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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