Based on scores of AP exams, given in May of each year, students may earn college credit, advanced placement in college, or both. This allows some students with enough successful exams under their belt to declare sophomore standing as a freshman.
AP tests are scored on a 1-5 scale:
- 5—extremely well qualified
- 4—well qualified
- 2—possibly qualified
- 1—no recommendation
Although each college determines its own policy for awarding AP credit, many colleges give advanced placement for scores of 3 or better and most also give credit for scores of 4 or 5. Click here to view AP credit policies for thousands of colleges and universities.