AP, short for Advanced Placement, is a curriculum organized and directed by American College Board. It allows high school students to experience college curriculum ahead of time, avoiding unnecessary repetition of learning the same knowledge in college. Students can use AP score to exchange for credits in colleges or universities. In this way they can shorten the time they need to study at a university, thus cut down the tuition they have to pay for their education. There are nearly 5000 universities in more than 80 countries using AP sores as their admission reference, including world famous universities such as Harvard, Yell. 

1. what is AP?

AP,short for Advanced Placement began in 1955. As a curricular close to college level, it is organized and directed by American college board. Consisted of 22 divisions and 37 subjects, AP is now commonly available in more than 15000 American high schools. It allows high school students to experience college curricular a head of time, avoiding the mechanical duplication between high school and college. Outstanding Students when they sit in AP, they have to make a choice among various classes, which in turn serve as a reference for excellent universities to know whether they are qualified for future majors.
  2. The advantages of AP curricular

Currently, there are near 3600 universities in more than 40 countries admitting AP sores as their admission reference. Famous ones as Harvard, Yell, as well as Peking and Qinghua universities are also in the list. AP course could also cut down education expense, shorten education schedule. As for Chinese students, particularly, they are not only able to save money but prepare for the first year in American college.

3. What does AP offer?

As is said above, AP consists of 22 subjects and 37 classes, which are different from each other according to the content of exam. The major subjects we are going to establish at Soochow foreign language school are: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Physics B, Chemistry, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics. All subjects will be carried out in small class, based on original English text and taught by foreign teachers or bilingual teachers acknowledged by College Board.
  4. Exams on AP

The exams are carried out every five years and are composed by two sectioned: Multiple choices and open answers. The whole scores are 5 and students could get 1,2 3 or 5 points. Generally speaking, students whose scores are over 3(3 included) are able to change grade points in university, except for some famous universities which ask 4 or near 5 points. The aim of the test is to study college lessons before hand and thus save large sums of tuitions.