Advanced Placement (AP)
The Advanced Placement or AP program offers college and university-level courses and exams for secondary students. The AP program allows students to participate in a college or university level course while still in secondary school. In Canada, the program is administered by the office of The College Board in Victoria, B.C. It is recognized for advanced credit or advanced placement in many Canadian and American universities and colleges.
The College Board offers a total of 37 different courses over 22 subject areas. Exams are administered worldwide and are centrally scored on a five-point scale: 5 – extremely well qualified, 4 – well qualified, 3 – qualified, 2 – possibly qualified, and 1 – no recommendation. Students who have completed AP examinations with a grade of at least 4 may be granted transfer credit. AP courses are granted credit through the Ministry External Credential program and may be used towards district and provincial scholarships.
- Students should check with their school counsellor to learn if AP courses offered in their school district.