Advanced Placement Awards
AP scholar designations
Each year, the AP program recognizes students who have performed exceptionally well on AP examinations. Exams are taken in May and awards are usually granted in September. The following designations can be earned:
|AP Scholar||Scores of 3 or better on three or more AP exams|
|AP Scholar with Honor||Scores of three or better on four or more AP exams and an average of 3.25 on all* AP exams taken|
|AP Scholar with Distinction||Scores of three or better on five or more AP exams and an average of 3.5 on all AP exams taken|
|National AP Scholar||Scores of four or better on eight or more AP exams and an average of four on all AP exams. Must be a student in the United States.|
|National AP Scholar (Canada)||Scores of four or better on five or more AP exams and an average of four on all AP exams taken. Must be a student in Canada.|
|National AP Scholar (Bermuda)||Scores of four or better on five or more AP exams and an average of four on all AP exams taken. Must be a student in Bermuda.|
|State AP Scholar||Top male and female student in each U.S. state (and the District of Columbia) ranked first by the greatest number of exams with a score of three or higher and then by the highest average on all* AP exams taken|
|DoDEA AP Scholar||Top male and female student among all Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, ranked first by the greatest number of exams with a score of three or higher and then by the highest average on all AP exams taken. Any recipient of this award must also at least meet the criteria for an AP Scholar.|
|International AP Scholar||Granted to the one male and one female student attending a school outside the United States and Canada that is not a DoDEA school, with the highest average score on the greatest number of AP exams. The minimum requirement is a score of three or higher on three exams.|
Note':' "All AP exams taken" refers to all AP exams taken in any year. It is not restricted to the year in which the award is issued.
AP International Diploma
The AP program also awards the AP International Diploma (APID) for overseas study to students who have applied to colleges outside of the United States that have completed a sequence of AP exams with satisfactory scores. Prior to May 2006, a student had to earn a score of three or better on five or more AP exams in three of the five subject areas shown in the table below, with certain subject area requirements. As of May 2006, the College Board had implemented new requirements for awarding the AP International Diploma.