Advanced Placement at School of Modern Skills.
Founded in 1952 by a group of educators from some of America’s top prep schools and universities, the Advanced Placement (AP) program enables high school students to measure achievement in a particular course or area of study through standardized exams. Although these exams are the culmination of college-level work in high school-and are sometimes awarded credit by colleges for entry-level courses-they are mainly used by private schools and colleges as a means by which students prove their motivation, challenge themselves academically and engage in advanced work in a given subject.
AP exams are administered each May at secondary schools all over the world. Tests offered range from math and science (calculus at two levels, chemistry, biology and physics), to foreign languages (e.g. French, Spanish and Italian), to world histories and social science courses (such as psychology, macro- and micro-economics and human geography). The exams are offered at the end of a year-long Advanced Placement course.
Benefits of the AP Program
- Students learn rigorous college-level content and skills
- Taking AP is valued in the college admission process
- AP courses are interesting and rewarding academic experiences
- Opportunity to earn valuable credit and placement in college
The AP Exam
With the exception of Studio Art, each AP Exam is administered on a College Board-mandated day and contains a free-response section (either essays or problem-solving) and a multiple-choice section. Language exams, such as French and Spanish, also have an oral component in which students are required to produce sentences and respond to questions out loud for a digital tape recorder. AP exams are graded on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 as the highest score, indicating that the student is extremely well-qualified to receive full or partial college course credit at the college chosen.
AP Exam Statistics
- 37 courses and exams across a wide variety of subject areas
- In 2015, over 4.5 million exams were taken by more than 2.5 million students at over 19,000 high schools
- AP Exams are administered at more than 15,000 schools in 100 countries
- Since the first AP Exams were given in 1956, more than 12.6 million students have taken more than 19 million AP Exams worldwide
- On average, 62 percent of those taking AP exams receive a grade that is recommended for college credit, advanced placement or both. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities in the United States recognize these exam grades
- More than 600 universities in 60 countries outside the United States recognize AP Exam scores for credit and/or advanced placement in the admissions process
*Exam facts taken from the College Board website
AP Courses available at School of Modern Skills for the academic year 2016-2017
AP English language and Literature (for grade 11 only)
AP Biology (for grade 11 only)
History and Social Sciences
AP Microeconomics (for grade 12 only)
Human Geography (For grade 10 only)
Math and Computer Science
AP Calculus AB (for grade 12 only).
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