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ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Looking for a bigger challenge from your high school classes? Ready to dive more deeply into your favorite subject? Hoping to save money and advance more quickly once you get to college? Then it’s time to check out Advanced Placement courses.
 
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are rigorous, college-level courses for high school students. The College Board, in association with higher education representatives, designed a standardized curriculum that insures all students study the same material and are evaluated using the same test.  Each year, students around the world who want to learn and achieve at the highest level enroll in AP courses. With more than 30 courses and exams across multiple subject areas, there’s something for everyone!
 
By completing one or more AP courses and scoring a qualifying score on the exam, you can stand out in the college admissions process, earn college credit and advanced standing, and learn from some of the most dedicated and inspiring teachers in the world.

Stand Out in the College Admissions Process

  • Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college by taking the most rigorous courses available to you.
  • Earn college credit from the more than 90% of 4-year colleges in the U.S. that provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores.
  • Bypass freshman-level courses to move into upper-level courses in your field of interest, pursue a double major, or study abroad.

Gain Skills that Will Help You Succeed in College

  • Sharpen your writing and problem-solving skills.
  • Develop the study habits you’ll need to undertake rigorous course work.

Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons

  • Be part of a community of students and educators who are passionate, curious, and committed to academic excellence.
  • Take courses that are developed by leading professors to reflect the level of learning happening at colleges throughout the country.

The WV Virtual School offers courses that prepare students for multiple AP examinations currently approved by the College Board:

Art History

Biology

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Chemistry

Computer Science A

English Language

English Literature

Environmental Science

French Language

Human Geography

Macroeconomics

Microeconomics

Psychology

Spanish Language

Statistics

U.S. Government & Politics

U.S. History

World History

Now that you’ve decided to take an AP course, the rest is easy. Visit the guidance counselor or virtual school contact at your high school to find out more. Visit the WV Virtual School website to view the complete list of AP options and for additional information about registering. You can also visit the College Board’s AP Central page for additional information.

Advanced Placement exams are the responsibility of the local school and should be treated with the same policy as if a student takes the exam in a face-to-face classroom.  The West Virginia Virtual School or course provider is not responsible for exam fees.  Check with your school to see if the school pays for exam fees or if you will be responsible for the fee.