Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) is a College Board program that offers Minnesota high school students the opportunity to take rigorous, college-level courses and the potential to earn college credit while in high school. Students engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively.

AP Courses
Instructors are highly trained and utilize research-based strategies to reach all students. The content in AP courses is structured similarly to college coursework. These courses prepare students for further education and college admissions offices often look favorably on a history of AP coursework on student transcripts. AP courses are not offered at every school. If you are interested in the AP program, talk to an AP teacher, the AP Coordinator at your school, or your counselor.

AP Exams
AP exams are open to all students, not just those who have taken an AP course, so home-schooled, online students and others may take an AP exam for credit. Students who complete an AP course and/or take the end-of-course examination may qualify for college credit from postsecondary institutions, provided their score meets the institution’s credit policy. Students should check with individual colleges for the most current list of the AP courses each institution accepts for college credit. AP exam subsidies are available for public and non-public school students for both fee-reduced (low-income) and non-fee-reduced students.

AP Exam Reimbursements
The State will fully reimburse districts and schools per exam for fee-reduced, low-income students and partially reimburse exams for non-fee-reduced students.  Schools may collect unreimbursed exam fees from non-fee-reduced students.  Schools are responsible to pay the entire cost of the exams fees to AP Services.  To qualify for exam fee reimbursement for your students, each school must complete and submit the Advanced Placement Program application form, followed by submitting the College Board’s AP Exam: State Copy invoice.  Schools are responsible for adhering to all deadlines in order to receive reimbursement for qualifying student exams. Student Exam Fee Policy and Reimbursement Procedures provide information for schools interested in applying for exam reimbursement.

AP Teacher Training
Scholarships are available for public and non-public teachers attending in-depth summer AP Training.  Teachers attending training in Minnesota may apply to receive a Minnesota scholarship. Training sessions must be official AP courses provided by College Board-identified institutions. Approved scholarships are paid directly to the school or district. The school or district will be responsible for the initial cost of the training. AP Teacher Training Policies and Procedures provide information for teachers interested in applying for a Minnesota scholarship.

If you are interested in the AP program, talk to an AP teacher, the AP Coordinator at your school, or your counselor. For additional information, visit the College Board website listed under Related Offsite Resources.