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Mnemonics and acronyms can be a great way to remember lists or long processes, especially if they are funny.

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AP stands for Advanced Placement. It allows students to study college level work whilst still in high school, and in doing so, earn credit towards a college major. Depending on your high school and your AP subject choices, you can study AP in either of your four years at high school. Because of the demands of AP, most students study AP in their junior or senior years.

AP is run by College Board (collegeboard.org). Check which AP courses your high school offers.

An AP exam costs $95 per subject.

Having AP on your high school transcript underlines your commitment to that subject and your willingness to complete college-level studies. You will also earn credit towards your four-year college course. Your GPA will also be boosted by taking AP courses. Freeing up your college schedule by bringing credit in from AP studies can also allow you to pursue extra curricular programs and broaden your college experience, or take your studies deeper into more demanding courses. In addition, taking AP could potentially save you thousands of dollars in college fees. This depends largely on the college, the course and your AP Exam scores. A number of grade 5 AP scores can even allow you to cut one whole year off your college course, which will have a large saving on your college fees.

A student aiming for acceptance at an Ivy League college might take 10-14 AP classes throughout their high school career (this equates to 3-4 per year). Some non-US students prefer to combine a few APs (3 or 4) with qualifications from their home country eg. A Levels. This can enhance their candidacy for top US colleges.

Depending on the subject, the AP Exam is between 2 and 3 hours long. There are two sections: multiple choice questions and free response questions.

AP scores are usually released at 7am EST between mid June and early July.?

Your scores are released to your My AP dashboard on the College Board website. Within the My AP section of the College Board website, there is the facility to request College Board to send your AP scores to your nominated college/university.

There are 38 AP classes. These are: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language & Culture, Comparative Government & Politics, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language & Culture, German Language & Culture, Human Geography, Italian Language & Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics 1: Algebra-Based, Physics 2: Algebra-Based, Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Psychology, Research, Seminar, Spanish Language & Culture, Spanish Literature & Culture, Statistics, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: 3-D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History, World History.

Yes. Check with the institutions for their individual policies. For example, most UK universities accept AP as a means of satisfying undergraduate entry programs. In the UK, the AP is regarded as equivalent to A Level examinations.

The exact amount of credit you get depends on two main factors: your AP exam score, and the AP credits policy of the college of your choice. Not all colleges offer AP credit, although over 99% of universities and colleges do. Seek out each college's published written policy that sets out how they award credit for AP.

Physics 1 is generally regarded as the hardest AP class; it had the lowest pass rate of under 44%, with fewer than 8% of candidates scoring a 5. Chemistry, Macroeconomics, Calculus AB and US History are also regarded as hard AP Exams.

Psychology, Human Geography and Computer Science principles are often listed among the top 5 easiest AP classes. These can be taken in the early years of high school.