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AP Tests and college credits

dongfang0109dongfang0109 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
edited February 2008 in AP Tests Preparation
My purpose to take AP Tests is to save some money and time during my college education, since I thought if I get a high score, then my college will offer me some credits for it. However, today I heard from someone that if I don’t take any AP courses in high school, no matter what score I get in the test, the college won’t offer credits. Is that true?

I'm an international student, so I don't know much about the policy in America. I'll really appreciate your answers.
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Replies to: AP Tests and college credits

  • gary45gary45 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    It depends on the school. Some offer credit and some just offer placement in high level classes. The websites of the schools you're interested in probably say.
  • ChedvaChedva Super Moderator Posts: 30,272 Super Moderator
    Credit is given, if at all, on the basis of the test score. It doesn't matter if you took the class or if you studied for it yourself. As gary45 noted, however, each school is different and the number of credits or higher placements you might get will vary from school to school.
  • dongfang0109dongfang0109 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Thanks. I'm clear now.
  • hifihifi Registered User Posts: 174 Junior Member
    . . . and most schools have a maximum number of aceptable credits.
    so, U of X may offer 5 credits for each of 20 exams but allow a maximum
    of 70 total.
    depending upon your major, excessive overlap/concentration of ap exams in a particular area will not help the op's stated goal. whether the school accepts them or not, taking all of the science ap exams could be fruitless/useless, i.e. econ major at some schools (i encourage u to take as much of anything you can handle). investigate school catalogues.
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