• What is Advanced Placement (AP)?

    The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. The program consists of college-level courses developed by the AP Program that high schools can choose to offer, and corresponding exams that are administered once a year.

    • College Board offers 38 AP courses in seven subject categories. Marble Falls High School offers 14 AP Courses.
    • Each AP course is modeled on a comparable introductory college course in the subject. 
    • Each course culminates in a standardized college-level assessment, or AP Exam.
    • AP Exams are given in May each year.
    • Schools must be authorized by the AP Course Audit to offer approved AP courses and use the AP designation.



    Colleges & Universities look at 2 things when they see “AP” on your transcript:

    • Challenge in AP Course(s)
    • AP Exam Score(s)

    It’s not just about the GPA on your transcript; it’s about showing what you’ve accomplished in the course through the exam.


    Benefits of taking AP Courses:

    Build skills and confidence - Learn time management, skills, study skills, problem-solving skills, and access their creativity abilities

    Get into college - Signals to colleges that they’re serious about their education and impacts favorably on admission decisions

    Succeed in college - Research shows that students who receive a score of 2 on their AP Exams are ready for college work. Those who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers. 3 out of 4 AP students enrolled in a four-year college start school with some AP credit. (See New Analyses handout)

    Save time and money in college - Most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. This can mean:

    • Fulfilling graduation requirements early
    • Being able to skip introductory courses or required general-education courses

    Learn more about how AP benefits students