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AP Scholars

Students who score exceptionally well on AP exams may be eligible to earn an AP Scholar designation from the College Board. AP Scholar designations are the College Board's way of recognizing students "demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams," according to the AP website. "Although there is no monetary award, in addition to receiving an award certificate, this achievement is acknowledged on any AP Grade Report that is sent to colleges the following fall." There are five different achievement levels:

  • AP Scholar: Granted to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
  • AP Scholar with Honor: Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
  • AP Scholar with Distinction: Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
  • State AP Scholar: Granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with grades of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average grade (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken.
  • National AP Scholar: Granted to students in the United States who receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.