What is Advanced Placement?

Advanced Placement (AP), a College Board program, was designed to increase college-and-career readiness and provide students with the opportunity to obtain college credit while enrolled in high school. Research shows that AP students are better prepared for college than students who don’t take AP, are more likely to enroll and stay in college, do well in their classes, and graduate in four years. The gains are greatest for low-income students and students of color, who have long been underrepresented in AP courses. More equitable access and participation is not enough – readiness for, and performance in, AP courses and exams will increase as well.

How to Get Started?

Getting Started

AP Program believes that all motivated and academically prepared students should be able to enroll in AP courses. Some of these courses may require the completion of prerequisites while others may not. You should connect with your teachers and counselor to find out what the process is at your school. Use the following resources to prepare your conversations about taking AP courses.

Courses and Exams

There are 38 AP courses in disciplines such as the arts, English, history and social science, math and computer science, the sciences, and world languages and culture. Please utilize this link Courses and Exams to locate exam dates for each course. 

Taking the exam

AP Exams are administered at both high schools and exam centers every year in May. Most courses have an end-of-year paper-and-pencil exam, but a few courses have different ways to assess what you’ve learned.

AP Exam Score

Scores are released in batches based on locations. You can access your AP scores online. Sign in using your College Board account username and password.

Credit and Placement

Your AP scores can earn you college credit and/or advanced placement. To get college credit for your AP scores, you must request that the College Board send your official score report to the college of your choice. After receiving your scores, your college should notify you about any credit, advanced placement, and/or course exemptions you have earned.

Hear from AP Students

Finding Your Passion
Chrision Wynaar, Dreamyard Preparatory High School
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Hard Work and Dedication
Gerenee Henry, East New York Family Acaedmy
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Learning how to Study
Aaliyah Gordon, John Dewey High School
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Making a Difference
Aidah Masoud, World View High School
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Understanding your History
Alicia Luna, Queens High School of Research, Information & Technology
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Building Confidence for College
Nana Frimpong, World View High School
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Enrichment Opportunities

There are multiple ways in which current AP students can get additional practice for any AP course. Below are a few examples.

  • Elevate – Elevate, an award-winning study skills company, teaches students how to improve their study habits. Through Elevate, students learn how to take better notes, improve their time management, boost their memory in exams, and stay motivated throughout the year.
  • AP Spring Boot Camp – In preparation for upcoming administration of AP exams, AP for All supports and encourages schools to facilitate an AP Spring Boot Camp. The goal of this Boot Camp is to provide students the opportunity to engage in targeted AP exam preparation led by their AP instructor(s). Visit our calendar to see upcoming dates.
  • Summer Enrichment Academy – The AP Student Summer Enrichment Academy is a pre-AP intensive program designed to frontload the content and skills that students need in order to be successful in their AP courses. Visit our calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Saturday Study Sessions – Students and teachers of AP courses are strongly encouraged to participate in AP for All’s Saturday Study Sessions (SSS). The goal of SSS is to provide students with additional opportunities to explore the content of their current AP coursework led by experienced AP presenters. Schools are also encouraged to facilitate similar supports on their own with AP for All support. Visiting our calendar for upcoming dates.

Get Involved

At AP for All, we value the student’s voice. We encourage our students to take the initiative and be the change they want to see in the world. Below are a few ways in which you can leverage your voice for the greater good.

  • AP PACE – AP PACE aims to further stakeholders; involvement in student achievement by supporting the college-ready culture of schools among families and students. Together as empowered communities, we can further connect AP, college majors, and careers thereby opening a world of ideas and inspiration for our students. To learn more, click here.
  • NYC Great! provides experiences that develop leadership and communication skills in young women who are currently attending high school. The program helps young women to become architects of their own future—such as making college and career choices. To learn more and apply, visit this page.
  • Urban Ambassadors (UA)– provides experiences that promote positive interactions and brotherly support and are nurtured in an environment that primes them for success in college and career. These experiences include: regular weekly sessions, leadership opportunities, and SAT Prep. Click here to learn more.

Parent & Guardian

Student success is dependent on parent and family involvement so it goes without saying that success in AP is not exempt from the rule. Parents and families of prospective and current AP students should familiarize themselves with the AP program, what it entails, and the benefits of enrolling in the program. AP is an opportunity for your child to get a head start on college-level studies and even save on college costs. See below for more information on AP and how you can get involved.


We encourage families to read this Bulletin and take special note of important dates and other information related to the exam administration.

Below are some additional resources that show families what AP courses can do for their children.