Updated: Mar 10
AP or Advanced Placement exams are offered in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, etc. by colleges to test how well the pupil has mastered the content and skill of a specific AP course they had taken in high school. AP exams have several advantages when it comes to the college admission process.
Marked on a scale of 1-5, AP exams help the students delve deeper into the understanding of subjects, need independent research and analysis, and help students to get acquainted with the college-level curriculum. During the college admission process, a student who has taken an AP course is looked on favorably by college authorities. They know that the student is serious and hard-working and are ready to take on rigorous coursework. In some colleges, credit based on AP Exam scores are offered. This helps students to graduate early hence saving tuition fees and time. The students can then go for higher-level courses early or can even find appropriate placements. In the US, more than 90% of universities offer credit or advanced placement based on AP Exam scores.
Some universities are known for providing scholarships and awards for students who have scored well in their AP Exams.
When it comes to Indian students, AP courses and exams help them to develop necessary critical thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, and communication skills generally lacking school curriculum. Taking up AP courses can bridge this gap for students aspiring to go abroad for their undergraduate studies.
SAT or Scholastic Aptitude Test is conducted by College Board and is used for admission of colleges in several countries. The optional Essay portion and subject tests were discontinued on January 19, 2021, and will be discontinued in June 2021 for international students with an eye on changes in the college admission process due to COVID-19. It was decided that due to widespread availability of AP exams Subject Tests are no longer necessary. Hence this places more importance on AP exams this year.