Certain advanced courses in the high school program are designated Advanced Placement. The Advanced Placement Exams are given each May are scored by the Education Testing Service. Each examination receives an overall grade on a 5 point scale:
5 points = extrememly well qualified
4 points = well qualified
3 points = qualified
2 points = possibly qualified
1 point = no recommendation
Individual colleges decide which AP examination grade it will accept. Many colleges accept grades of 3 or better and give the student credit as if that person had taken one or more basic courses in the subject tested.
There is an additional cost for taking an AP exam. Students taking AP courses are required to take the AP exam.