AP Test Results: 3 Ways To Interpret Them

Even though the failure rate is up on AP Test results (this story says otherwise), especially along racial lines, this blog will simply attempt to get both parent and student to understand how to interpret the AP test results.

1. You will receive college credit, well, maybe.

According to the CollegeBoard website, nearly 60% of test-takers score a 3 or better on the test, giving the student college credit at most colleges. But before you decide to what college you will apply, check http://www.myedu.com that will tell you which colleges are offering credit and which aren’t (read: take nothing for granted).

Selecting colleges means you have to look at which colleges  are more likely you to save you money on AP and CLEP tests. The unforgiving bottom line is a wonderfully vicious guideline, and you want to use its hard-core realities in every part of your college planning.

2. You will save thousands of dollars.

If you attend, say, a private college where a 3-credit course can cost as much as $3,500, and you received credit for four AP courses, that’s a savings of $14,000. Not bad. Your savings won’t be much at a state college, but so what? Those colleges costs less anyway. Just to be sure, click here to show your student why s/he should take AP courses.

3 You will receive no college credit, well, maybe.

Let’s say the college doesn’t accept ANY of your AP courses for credit, SUCK…IT…UP.¬†¬† Life isn’t fair (I’m plum-out of platitudes now). But you can stand in front of a mirror and pretend you just scored the winning point in a national championship hockey game. Yell “I can do college-level work!” What’s wrong with pumping up a little self-esteem with a rhetorical steroid?
Click here to reduce all the stress that comes with college planning.


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