Advanced Placement ®

Advanced Placement® courses offer students the opportunity to earn college credit by taking rigorous courses in high school. Students who demonstrate mastery of the material on a national standardized end-of-course exam – a score of 3 or higher out of 5 – may be eligible for college credit for the course. 

Research suggests that students who complete AP® coursework are:

  • Better prepared for college-level work
  • Stand-outs in the college admissions process
  • More likely to continue beyond their freshman year in college
  • More likely to graduate within 4-5 years
  • More competitive in qualifying for scholarships

With AP®, students can get a feel for the rigors of college level studies while they still have the support of a high school environment. When students take AP courses, they demonstrate to college admission officers that they have sought out an educational experience that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. 

Performing well on an AP Exam means more than just the successful completion of a course. Research consistently shows that students who score a 3 or higher typically earn higher GPAs in college and have higher graduation rates.

AP® Incentive:

  • AP aligns the Core Four Diploma course sequence with the TOPS core sequence.
  • AP ensures students going to four-year colleges have taken a true college prep curriculum and have every change to receive TOPS.
  • AP Creates incentives for students to take more rigorous AP courses by giving courses approved by the state additional weight in the calculation of the TOPS GPA.
  • The new cohort graduation index recognizes a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP® exam as the highest level of achievement earned by a cohort graduate. Each student with at least one AP® score of 3 or higher will earn the maximum 150 points toward the graduation index. Students who take an AP® exam and earn a 1 or 2 on an AP® exam will receive 110 points toward the graduation index.


To encourage and enrich growth of the AP Programs statewide, LDOE in partnership with USDOE Advanced Placement® (AP®) Exam Fee Program, will reimburse $53 for each AP Exam taken by students enrolled in both public and BESE-approved nonpublic* schools who meet the definition of low-income.

In addition, LDOE will also reimburse $91 for each AP® Exam taken by students enrolled in a public school which is implementing or expanding an AP® program. The fee reimbursements are for students who were enrolled in a rigorous course preparing them for the AP® exam taken during the May 2015 testing cycle, and are between the ages of 5 and 19 on exam day.

To expand access to Advanced Placement® courses, LDOE is also inviting teachers to participate in 2015
AP® Summer Institute for new and experienced AP® teachers. Teachers of AP® courses, who want to attend the 2015 AP® Summer Institute, whether for the first time or as a refresher course, are invited to apply.

Funds are limited and will be available until they are completely allocated.

  • Click here to apply for 2015 AP Exam Fee Reimbursement
  • Click here to apply for 2015 AP Summer Institute Fee Reimbursement
  • *Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 6, 2015

A webinar providing information on the 2015 AP®/IB® fee reimbursement program will be provided.
Participants are encouraged to participate in one of the webinars scheduled for February 19 and February 26 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

Webinar Login Information (*no pre-registration required)

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