What is AP?

Advanced Placement (AP) examinations are taken each May by students at participating American, Canadian, and international educational institutions. The tests are the culmination of year-long Advanced Placement (AP) courses. All AP exams (except AP Studio Art) combine multiple-choice questions with a free-response section in either essay or problem-solving format.

Save Time and Money with StraighterLine Online AP Courses

Over 90% of 4-year colleges in the US give students credit or advanced placement (or both) on the basis of AP Exam scores. You can save time and money by getting these required courses out of the way in advance, and StraighterLine makes it easier to do both.

StraighterLine has 4 courses that have received approval by the College Board to be listed as AP courses:

College Board AP Course Title StraighterLine Course Equivalent
AP Macroeconomics Economics I: Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics Economics II: Microeconomics
AP English Language and Composition English Composition
AP Psychology Introduction to Psychology

StraighterLine Online AP courses are right for you if:

  • You didn’t get into an AP course in time to be ready for the next College Board AP test in May.
  • You can’t get into an AP class next next year because your grades aren’t high enough.
  • You’re going back to school and would like to save as much money as possible on your required courses.

2 Ways to Save Time

  • AP tests are given once a year in May. If you’re not ready, you’ve got to wait a whole year. But what if you can’t wait because you’re graduating? With StraighterLine, you can take your AP course online any time – and in time – for the next test.
  • On average, college students take 12-18 credits per semester. All four StraighterLine AP courses are required at most schools, so that’s 12 credits, most if not all of an entire semester that you can skip if you place out of them on the AP tests.

2 Ways to Save Money

  • A single 3-credit StraighterLine course costs $399 or less. Compared to the average cost of a 3-credit course at a 4-year college, you can save hundreds of dollars!*
  • But you can save even more. Just take all 4 required online AP classes we offer on our Monthly Subscription Plan of $99 a month, plus $49 per course. If you complete all 4 AP online courses online in 28 days each, which is about average, you’d pay just $612. Compared to the cost of an entire semester, you could save thousands!*

StraighterLine AP online classes are among the least expensive AP classes you’ll find anywhere outside of high school. So if you need to take an AP class, you’ll save more if you take them with StraighterLine.

How AP Credits Work

When you register for an AP exam, you will have a chance to choose the college you would like your test results sent to. You will also receive your AP score report by mail as well as a list of the colleges to which your scores were sent. You can request to have your scores sent to additional colleges at a later date by contacting AP Score Reporting Services. There is a fee associated with this, and other score related, services.

Each individual college sets its own policy around AP exam score requirements. Each college will have its own written credit transfer policy as it relates to AP scores, and whether or not they will even accept AP test scores for college credit. Given that the AP program is well established in the US, most colleges and universities do offer some kind of credit or advanced placement for qualifying scores. How much, and for what kind of subjects and scores, will vary. A good general resource to obtain information about college and universities AP credit policies is available through the College Board. However, it is highly recommended you obtain a written copy of the AP credit policy of the college(s) you are interested in attending. Call your school of choice and ask to speak with a credit transfer department or advisor.

In general, a score of 3 or more will help you obtain some type of college credit at many institutions. However, since each school will have its own take on scores eligible for credit transfer, you’ll need to look at each school’s policy individually. Also, each school may have its own credit transfer number limits -- even though it is possible for students to earn multiple AP credits in different subject matters. The more AP courses and exams you test out of, the more college credits you can earn-- and the further along you will be on your college path. In fact, it is quite possible for someone who has taken multiple AP exams and received multiple qualifying exam scores at their college of choice to enter college a full semester (or more) ahead of schedule. Given that the average cost of college can run upwards to $28,500 per year in tuition and fees at a private nonprofit four-year college3, reducing the number of semesters you need to attend and pay tuition and other college costs for has serious cost savings implications.

Who Can Take AP Courses?

Anyone. Seriously. If your school doesn’t offer AP courses, or your are home-schooled, or are just experiencing scheduling conflicts within your high school, you can still take an AP course and sit for an AP exam.4 AP exams are offered May of each calendar year at participating AP schools.

Remember there’s a difference between taking the AP course and taking an AP exam. Just because you’ve taken an AP course does not mean you will be eligible for college credit. It is your exam scores that determine your credit eligibility. That being said, if you choose not to take an AP course through your high school or are home-schooled you could possibly learn the required material through independent study.

Alternatively, you may want to consider taking an AP course through an online course provider, like Straighterline.com. Taking an AP course online opens up your schedule to accommodate how, when and where you want to learn this challenging material. Taking an AP course online allows you to study the material at your own pace and to strategically align your course completion date closer to the AP exam dates. For some, completing an AP course in synchronicity with the exam date allows them more immediate memory access to material just studied.