Advanced Placement (AP) courses are advanced classes offered in high school that count towards graduation. Though these classes tend to be harder, students can earn college credit by taking the AP exam at the end of the course.
AP courses are a great way to save money because students only pay a small exam fee instead of paying tuition for the college credits they earn. Also, AP courses give students a jumpstart on general college credits, so they can pursue upper-level courses sooner, earn a double major, or study abroad.
Students in Ohio who score at least a '3' on an AP exam are guaranteed college credit at any Ohio public institution of higher education. The exact number of credits and how those credits will apply towards a degree vary from school to school, but they usually count towards the general education curriculum requirements.
As of 2011, the fee for each AP course exam is $87. Students who need assistance paying for exams should check their eligibility for a fee-reduced exam for $22 or a fee waiver by talking to their guidance counselor.
- Transfer to Degree Guarantee: Advanced Placement - If you have earned a score of "3" or higher on an AP test, you are guaranteed to receive college credit, mainly in general education areas, upon entrance to any of Ohio’s public institutions of higher education.
- Ohio Department of Higher Education: Advanced Placement - Information about how AP credit works at Ohio public institutions.
- The College Board: AP Courses - The College Board (which also provides the SAT test) offers 37 AP courses and exams in 22 subject areas. Advanced Placement courses vary by high school.