The AP Edge

Get started earning college credits – while you’re still in high school

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How does beginning college as a sophomore sound? Maybe you’d like to get some of those core classes out of the way so that you can explore other subjects that truly interest you. Or perhaps you would like to graduate early and save money. If any of these options sound appealing to you, then you should consider taking Advanced Placement classes.

AP classes are more quickly paced to prepare you for college-level work. They allow you to develop study habits needed in higher education. Courses range from Calculus to Latin to Music Theory to Art History. Check with your school guidance counselor to see which classes are offered on your campus.

College credit hours for these classes are gained by taking an exam at the end of the course. After getting your score report, check with your college to see what they require in order for you to enter with credit for certain classes. You can request your score to be sent directly to the college of your choice.

There is also another way to gain college credit for what you already know. The CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) allows you to be tested on knowledge gained through independent study and advanced high school courses that are not in the AP curriculum. Anyone can take a CLEP.

The CLEP is a computer test. All you have to do is find a test center, get registered, find out when the test is, and show up ready! There is instant score reporting, so you walk out knowing just how well you did. As with the AP exam, you can request for your scores to be sent directly to the school of your choice. 

For more information about AP and CLEP testing, contact your school guidance counselor or

AP Program Facts

• The AP Program offers 34 courses in 19 subject areas.
• Nearly 60 percent of U.S. high schools participate in the AP Program.
• Over 90 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities have an AP policy granting incoming students credit, placement, or both, for qualifying AP exam grades.


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