The AP® Program Information Night The Advanced Placement Basics •Courses are college-level courses •At the end of course, students take AP Exams— that measure how well students have done •Students who do well on AP Exams can earn credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college. 2 The Benefits of AP Courses AP courses can be challenging, but it’s work that pays off. •AP courses are often the most interesting and fulfilling courses a student takes in high school. •Students develop confidence, and learn the study habits and time management skills essential for success in college. 3 AP and College Admission • Colleges rank “Grades in college prep courses” and “Strength of curriculum” as the top two factors in the admission decision.* • 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.** 4 “We look favorably on students who have taken AP courses. The presence of AP courses is a sign that a student has chosen to challenge him/herself.” —Admission Officer What Are AP Courses Like? •Demand more of students than regular or honors courses. •Classes tend to be fast-paced and cover more material than typical high school classes. •More time, inside and outside of the classroom, is required to complete lessons, assignments and homework. •AP teachers expect their students to think critically, analyze and synthesize facts and data, weigh competing perspectives, and write clearly and persuasively. 5 Where does North Carroll High Rank? • 2010-2011 AP # of Seniors • Century 315 • Liberty 294 • North Carroll • # of Tests 517 CI E&E 1.64 39.5 447 1.52 39.3 212 268 1.26 27.8 South Carroll 288 331 1.15 • Westminster 425 435 1.02 29.8 • Winters Mill 299 271 0.90 26.0 • Manchester Valley 187 193 1.03 17.3 • Francis Scott Key 276 152 0.55 16.4 AP Exams • AP Exams are administered by schools worldwide on set dates each May. • Exams usually last around three hours. • Each AP Exam contains: 7 • Multiple-choice questions • Free-response questions (essay, problem-solving, oral response) Why Take AP Exams? •More than 90% - 3,200 colleges and universities offer credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP Exam scores. •Credit: Students earn points toward their college degrees •Advanced placement: Students can skip introductory courses, enter higher-level classes and graduate earlier 8 AP Helps Students Graduate on Time… Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time. •A recent study** showed that students taking AP courses and exams were much more likely to earn a college degree in four years compared to students who do not take these course in high school. 9 * IPEDS database, 2008 ** Linda Hargrove, Donn Godin, and Barbara Dodd, “College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences.” The College Board, 2008. … and Save Money • 10 Students who take five years or more to graduate can spend $8,000-$27,000 for each additional year in college. • The typical college cost per year for a four-year public institution is $8,142 for in-state students and $19,670 for out-of-state students.* • Students attending private institutions might expect to incur $27,389 for each additional year it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree.* * Costs include tuition, fees, and books and supplies only, and do not include room, board, and other living expenses. Average Estimated Undergraduate Budgets, 2009-10 (EnrollmentWeighted). The College Board, ”Trends in College Pricing,” 2009. AP Boosts Eligibility for Scholarships 31% of colleges and universities consider a student’s AP experience when making decisions about which students will receive scholarships.* “Having the AP Exam score can make the difference when it comes down to awarding precious scholarship dollars.” —Edwina Harris Hamby, former Dean of Admission, Fisk University 11 * Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc. March 2007 AP Exam Fees • AP Exam fee for 2012 is $87 per exam • Fee Due By March 30, 2012 • Students with financial need, can have a fee waiver if eligible (Please have your child See Ms. Napier for more information) 12 Grace Kennedy • AP college credits allowed Grace to enter college as a second semester freshman Delaware Valley College. • “Taking AP classes in high school taught me to juggle school, sports, and social life.” • “It increased my level of performance because more was expected of me.” • “I learned the advantages of studying and how to study.” Andrew Kooker University of California, Berkeley • “I, admittedly, only took AP classes for the GPA booster; I have realized that they contribute much more to my future than I originally thought. • It is very important to be exposed to information before classes. This could help the transition from a class of 30 people to one of 400 much more streamline. • “Getting a research opportunity in a lab on campus would have been impossible had I not had ‘sophomore-standing’ on my college transcript due to the amount of AP credits I brought to college.” Steven Fix University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill • “The AP exams are just like college midterms, so you know how the tests will play out.” • “My AP Calculus exam was almost exactly like my college final. I don’t believe it was a coincidence!” • “Study habits and time management are vital to success in college.” Meghan Wilson University of South Florida • “After AP Lit. I was prepared to go to college and write 8plus page papers– and was shocked at how easy it was.” • “I didn’t struggle half as much as my peers when it came to writing a well-developed thesis, using proper MLA format, performing a peer review, and using complex sentence structures.” • Follow the teachers’ advice! Take the courses in the order recommended. “My scores would have been higher if I had taken AP my senior year.” Learn More • 17 For more information about AP courses and exams visit www.collegeboard.com/apstudents.