AP Exams

What are AP exams?

Advanced Placement tests are standardized tests that take place in May every year at the Alliant Energy Center. The College Board offers over 30 different AP tests in a variety of subjects, ranging from math and science to history and economics. Most of the exams are 3-4 hours long, depending on the subject. Each exam has a multiple choice section and a free response or essay section. The scores on these two sections of the test are combined to form a composite score, on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 as the highest score and 1 the lowest.

Why should you take AP exams? Memorial offers several different AP courses that prepare you for the exam at the end of the year. If you’re already taking an AP class at Memorial and are doing well, you’ll most likely do well on the AP exam. Most colleges will give credit to students who score a passing score of 3 or higher, or allow students to opt out of an introductory course. Although the exam itself costs $110, scoring well on the test may save you hundreds more dollars in college.

AP exams are May 7- May 18 this year! For more information about the AP, test registration, and specific exam requirements, visit https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home and  www.mmsd.org/ap.


– Audrianna Wu

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