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Advanced Placement (AP) Courses are standardised college-level courses usually available to secondary school students in institutions which follow the American curriculum.  These courses are generally recognised as being equivalent to undergraduate courses and so participating colleges grant credit to students who score sufficiently well in their AP exams.  Pupils usually undertake AP courses in maths and English, although they can be taken in almost any subject.

AP test result scores range from 1 to 5 (5 being the highest) and most tertiary institutions require a minimum score of 3 or 4 in a subject for a credit to be awarded.

For students planning to attend an American university, an AP course can save both time and money by enabling them to skip some introductory college courses.  AP course results are also used in the selection process for some highly selective colleges and universities, and so scoring well in AP courses can increase a student’s chances of acceptance into such institutions.

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