Getting Credit

So many students take AP classes, and many of them take the AP test so they may receive credit at college, allowing students to either not take the class at college or be able to place in a higher class freshmen year.

Because different schools have different policies regarding AP credit, it is sometimes hard to know which AP tests to take, but there is a website that allows students to check if a college accepts AP credit for a particular class. Seniors who know what college they will attend can use this website to find out what AP tests they can get credit for while juniors can use the link to check the AP credit policies for colleges they are looking at.

On the website, students can simply search for a college and a chart will come up that shows if the college will award them credit and, if so, what score they would need on the AP test.

When she was a junior, Jill Rappaport ’13 took four AP classes and the four corresponding tests because she wanted the college credit.

However, this year, as a senior, Rappaport did not take all the AP tests for her AP classes. “I did not take the AP [English Literature] exam because my school only accepts either [AP English Language] or [AP English Literature], and I already have credit for the [AP English Language] test from junior year,” said Rappaport.

While Rappaport took the exams because she was looking for college credit, Jessica Riniti ’14 took the AP English Language exam this year because she thought all her practice and preparation from class would go to waste if she didn’t.

“Throughout the year, all the essays and multiple choice questions you do in class are the type of questions that will be on the real test,” said Riniti. “It is drilled into your brain that you’re going to take it. It would be more of an effort not to take it.”

See whether your AP tests will earn credit here.