About the AP
The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program gives students the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high-school. The program began in 1956 to help students better prepare for college. Today, about 2.8 million high-school students take AP courses every year.
Students can take AP courses in a range of subjects. Each course is roughly at the level of an introductory college course, and many U.S. colleges offer course credit for them, which means that students with sufficiently high AP scores do not need to repeat those classes in college. AP courses can also help with admissions, help students develop college skills, and allow them to try out different fields before settling on a specialization.
These are the 38 AP courses offered by the College Board as of today:
- AP Research
- AP Seminar
- Art History
- Calculus AB
- Calculus BC
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Computer Science A
- Computer Science Principles
- English Language and Composition
- English Literature and Composition
- Environmental Science
- European History
- French Language and Culture
- German Language and Culture
- Government and Politics (Comparative)
- Government and Politics (US)
- Human Geography
- Italian Language and Culture
- Japanese Language and Culture
- Music Theory
- Physics 1: Algebra-Based
- Physics 2: Algebra-Based
- Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
- Physics C: Mechanics
- Spanish Language and Culture
- Spanish Literature and Culture
- Studio Art Drawing
- Studio Art 2-D Design
- Studio Art 3-D Design
- US History
- World History (Modern)
Why choose online tuitions for AP?
Online tuitions aren’t just an alternative to normal tuitions—in many ways, they are superior to face-to-face classes. Here are some reasons why you should consider online AP tuitions for your child:
- Personalization: online tuitions allows for small groups, which means that your child will get the personal attention that they need to succeed in the AP.
- Flexibility: online tuitions for AP classes offers much greater flexibility with when you have your classes. Most tutors are happy to schedule classes at a time that best works for your child, and can also be available on short-notice if required.
- No commute: why should you waste time driving your child through traffic to get to classes on time? Both you and your child have busy lives—with online tuitions, it takes seconds to log-in to AP classes from the comfort of your home.
- Always available: a lot of things can derail face-to-face AP classes: bad weather, problems commuting, a pandemic… Online tuitions, however, are much more reliable.
- Learn from the best: with face-to-face AP classes, you need to find a tutor geographically close to you. There is no such limitation for online tuitions—your tutor could be on the other side of the world! This means that you get to choose from many more tutors and organizations. You can compare and choose the best, and switch easily if you need to. Especially if you are in an area where there are few in-person tuitions options for the AP, this means that you now get to pick from the best of the best.
FAQs – Advanced Placement (AP) Tuition Classes
Who should take the AP?
Students who want to challenge themselves by taking more advanced, rigorous classes should consider taking AP courses.
How are AP tests scored?
Students taking an AP test get a score from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. While a score of 3 is required to pass, many colleges require higher scores in order to get course credit. The average score for AP tests in 2019 was 2.9.
What does an AP test look like?
This varies from course to course, but most tests have some combination of multiple choice and free response questions.
Can non-US students take the AP?
Yes. Many schools outside the US offer AP classes as well. If your school does not, you can also arrange to self-study and take the test at a nearby school or testing center. In fact, some international universities accept AP scores as well.
Which AP tests are the most popular?
The most popular AP tests are English Language and Composition, U.S. History, English Literature and Composition, Calculus AB, and U.S. Government and Politics. Each of these tests are taken by more than 200,000 candidates every year.
What if my school does not offer any AP classes?
Most students usually select from the AP courses their school offers. However, it is possible to study on your own for a test, without taking the class in school.
Does the AP replace high school classes or SATs?
The AP does not replace the SAT or ACT—you still need to take one of those to apply to most colleges.
The AP is generally a supplement, not a replacement, to high school classes. You still need to take foundational high school classes to be prepared for the AP.
What alternatives are there to the AP?
Alternatives to the AP include IB courses, high school honors classes, and dual-enrollment college classes. All of these will allow you to take rigorous courses while in high school.
Do AP courses really help in college admissions?
Yes. Colleges want to see that you have challenged yourself by taking rigorous coursework in high school. AP courses, or one of the aforementioned alternatives, are a great way to showcase this.
What college courses can I skip with AP classes?
This depends on the college you will be attending. The College Board has a website where you can check your college’s policy.