Advanced Placement

You can take college-level courses in high school through the Advanced Placement Program. You'll also have the opportunity to earn college credit.

High school teachers follow curriculum guides established by college faculty through the College Board Advanced Placement Program. An integral part of these courses is the national AP exam in May. 

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Current AP Info 

Check Test Scores

Log in to your College Board account to check your scores in July  at:

Why Advanced Placement?

In addition to challenging yourself with college-level work, you can:

  • Stand out in the college admission process & scholarship process

  • Opportunity to earn AP Scholar Awards for exemplary scores

  • More than 90% of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores.

  • Research shows that students taking AP courses and exams have a much higher likelihood to complete a college degree on time in 4 years because they know what it takes and have experience prior to college! View research about this at   

AP Exams

An integral part of the AP curriculum is a culminating AP exam. The  AP Exams will be administered over the first two weeks in May each year. 

Exam Cost

The cost of each 2022-2023 AP Exam is $97. This amount is set by the College Board.

Reduced priced exams are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. 

Students who need financial assistance for AP materials and examination fees should contact their counselor, teacher and/or AP coordinator.

Students will incur a $40 fee for any unused exam. There is also a $40 late order or late test fee with a few exceptions.

AP Scores

Exam Scores

AP scores will be available online in July through your student's College Board account.

You will receive an email when AP scores are available online. Scores will not be mailed to students from College Board. 

Create or access your College Board account at

Your AP score shows how well you did on the AP Exam. It's also a measure of your achievement in your college-level AP course. This score will be used by colleges and universities to determine if they will grant you credit for what you've already learned, or allow you to skip the equivalent course once you get to college (this is known as advanced placement). 

The final score is reported on a 5-point scale as follows:
5= extremely well qualified
4= well qualified
3= qualified
2= possibly qualified
1= no recommendation

"Qualified" means that you have proven yourself capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5; however, each college decides which scores it will accept.

Students should contact their respective schools regarding their policies. 

AP Resources

Useful Website Links

AP Prep Opportunities!

The Kitsap Regional Library offers a  free online AP practice exam database for 8 AP exams.

  1. Go to
  2. Click Access Research Tools
  3. Click Homework & Research Help
  4. Click Learning Express Library (need Library card # if accessing at home)
  5. Click College Preparation
  6. Click AP Preparation