AP(Advanced Placement)

AP are acronyms for Advanced Placement, simply known as AP. It can be translated as 'advanced class placement' in Korean. Simply put, it's a college course taken by a high school student at a high school.

The purpose of the AP program is to provide outstanding high school students with more challenging academic opportunities. As widely known, the academic levels of the high school students vary greatly in the U.S. An outstanding student tends to find a standard subject class boring. To stimulate such students' academic interests, high schools and universities collaborated to develop teachers who can teach the college-level courses at high schools. These teachers make a special class in the corresponding school, and teach college-level course to outstanding students. These courses are of course more challenging than standard courses.
These are called AP subjects. The College Board is the institution that administers this entire process. Taking AP classes is beneficial to a student in 3 ways. First, taking a college-level course at a high school satisfies the student's intellectual needs. Second, the credit earned from AP classes are recognized in the college in many cases, so the students can earn the college credit in advance. Of course the student must take the AP test and attain a certain level of score in order to have the course credit recognized as the college credit. In fact, the biggest benefit the students enjoy from taking the AP class is that they do 'stand out' during the college admission process. Many colleges, especially the rigorous ones, like to see the AP subjects and its test scores on applications, because it shows how 'aggressive' the applicant is, in terms of his or her academic achievement. In May of each year, when the semester winds down, the AP test is given for each subject.

Each AP test varies by its subject, in its question types or number of the questions. However, some things are universal like 1) it takes 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours for each subject, and 2) each test consists of the section I (Multiple-Choice) and section II (Free Response). Take the AP English Literature and Composition test for an example, which has an hour allotted for the section 1 with 55 questions, and 2 hours allotted for the section II with 3 questions. The AP Biology test has one and half hour allotted for the section 1 with 120 questions, and another one and half hour allotted for the section 2 with 4 questions.

 

 


Test Schedule and Registration Method

Test Schedule

  • The AP tests are given in May each year. Unlike other college admission tests, the AP test is given only once in a year. It is administered over 2 weeks, in every May. The AP test assesses the mastery of the corresponding subject like the SAT II test, so it is better to take the test at the end of the same academic year as your AP class. The test result is announced in July each year.

  • How to register

  • 1) The student is either attending the school with the existing AP class, 2) or attending the school without the AP class or being home-schooled. It's simple if the student is already attending the school with the existing AP class. The student can contact the school's AP coordinator who will provide help with various registration processes. For the student who is attending the school without the AP class or being home-schooled, this process can be troublesome. But the student can still take the AP test under such conditions. Every year, hundreds of students study by themselves and take the AP test. Some states also offer the online AP course. If the student is attending a school without AP class or being home-schooled, contact AP Services no later than March 1 to get the names of local AP Coordinators who can help the student in that region, and contact the Coordinators identified by AP Services no later than March 15. Then the Coordinator will order the test, and notify the student where he/she can take the test.
    When contacting the Coordinator, the student must 1) let the Coordinator know that he/she will use a different school code, 2) and the precise subject the student wants to take.
    To contact the AP Service, send a mail to PO Box 6671Princeton, NJ, 08541, or call to 1-609-771-7300 or 1-888-225-5427. You may also contact the AP Service online. www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/contact.html
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    How to Interpret the Score

    It is not fair to simply apply the AP class grade the same way as the grade from standard subject classes, because the AP classes are much more challenging. So when you calculate your GPA, your AP class grade is weighted before calculating for the average GPA. For example, if you earned 4.0 from the AP class, you will add 1.0 and calculate the total GPA with 5.0. Adding an additional grade point from AP class grade to the GPA is known as the weighted GPA, while calculating the GPA without additional grade point to the AP class is known as the unweighted GPA.
    The AP test score is reported on a 5-point scale as the following.


  • 5 - Equivalent to grades of A in the corresponding college course.
  • 4 - Equivalent to grades of B in the corresponding college course.
  • 3 - Equivalent to grades of C in the corresponding college course.
  • 2 - Equivalent to grades of D in the corresponding college course.
  • 1 - Not equivalent to any grade.

  • According to statistics, over 2/3 of the students who take AP tests get the score of 3 or higher.

     

     


    AP Scholar Awards

     

    Every September, College Board offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize students who earned outstanding scores on the AP test. Although there is no monetary award, the student with the AP Scholar Award is recognized with a great honor and acknowledged on his or her score report that is sent to colleges.
    There are various AP Scholar Awards categories as the following.

     

  • AP Scholar
    Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

  • AP Scholar with Honor
    Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

  • AP Scholar with Distinction
    Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

  • AP State Scholar
    Granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score on all AP Exams taken.

  • National AP Scholar
    Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams

  • National AP Scholar (Canada)
    Granted to students in Canada who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams.

  • Department of Defense for Education Activity (DoDEA) Scholar
    Granted to the one male and one female student attending Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools with the highest average score on the greatest number of AP Exams. The minimum requirement is a score of 3 or higher on three exams.

  • AP International Scholar
    Granted to the one male and one female student attending a school outside the United States and Canada that is not a DoDEA school with the highest average score on the greatest number of AP Exams. The minimum requirement is a score of 3 or higher on three exams.
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    How the AP Score is Recognized by Colleges

     

    Currently, the AP Score is accredited by colleges in 21 countries including the United States. But the accreditation policy varies by each college.
    ‘Originally’ a college was supposed to recognize the AP class and the AP test score of 3 or higher as the college credit, but there are increasing number of colleges that only accept the score of 4 or 5 only. Therefore you must check in advance about the AP class credit policy of the college you are applying to.
    Visit http://www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy/ to find each college's AP credit policy.

     

     


    Testing Place

     

  • Korean Minjok Leadership Academy
  • Daewon Foreign Language High School
  • Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies
  • Korea Science Academy of KAIST
  • KIS
  • SIS
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    Recommended Subjects

     

    Art History  
    Biology Students can prepare for the test by themselves, but Korean students tend to find it harder than other subjects (memorization of the biology terms)
    Calculus AB & BC It's a subject that Korean students can take most easily. BC has higher difficulty level than AB, and AB is mostly included to the Calculus parts of the Math I and Math II of Korean school math curriculum. BC includes a number of advanced concepts. Students can prepare for the test through the book, and the score 5 is fairly attainable.
    Chemistry Students can also prepare for this test by themselves. Structures and state of a matter, chemical reaction, and lab chemistry will be on the test.
    Computer Science Problem-solving and algorithm using a computer will be on the test. If students have prior knowledge of programming or algorithm, they may score high; but it may be hard to prepare the test by themselves.
    Economics There are two parts of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. If the students took economics as an elective class in Korea or have a great interest in economics, they may have a chance.
    English  
    Environmental Science  
    European History  
    French  
    German Language  
    Government & Politics  
    Human Geography  
    International English Language(APIEL)  
    Latin  
    Music Theory  
    Physics It's divided into B and C, and students can prepare for the B by themselves, as it's the same level as the Physics II of Korean high school physics. C includes the Electricity & Magnetism and Mechanics, which requires understanding of calculus.
    Psychology  
    Spanish  
    Statistics The statistics corresponds to the level of the Math I of Korean school math curriculum. Students can get high score even if they study by themselves.
    Studio Art  
    US History  
    World History  

     

     


    2013 AP Exam schedule

     

    week 1 Morning 8 a.m. Afternoon 12 noon
    Monday, May6 chemistry Psychology
    Environmental Science
    Tuesday, May7 Computer Science A Art History
    Spanish Language
    Wednesday, May8 Calculus AB Chinese Language and Culture
    Calculus BC
    Thursday, May9 English Literature and Composition Japanese Language and Culture
    Latin
    Friday, May10

    English Language and Composition

    Statistics

    Studio Art—last day for Coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8 p.m. EDT) and to gather 2-D Design and Drawing students for physical portfolio assembly

    Teachers should have forwarded students' completed digital portfolios to Coordinators before this date

     
    week 2 Morning 8 a.m. Afternoon 12 noon Afternoon 2p.m.
    Monday, May13 Biology Physics B Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
    Music Theory Physics C: Mechanics
    Tuesday, May14 United States Gover-ment and Politics Comparative Goverment and Politics  
    French Language and Culture
    Wednesday, May15

    German Language and Culture
    United States History

    European History

     
    Thursday, May16 Macroeconomics

    Italian Language and Culture
    Microeconomics

     
    World History
    Friday, May17 Human Geography    
    Spanish Literature and Culture

     

     

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