Advanced Placement Awards

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The College Board offers several awards to selected students who take Advanced Placement (AP) exams.

AP scholar designations[edit]

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:[1]

AP Scholar Awards
Designation Criteria
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.

Previously, State AP Scholar Awards were distributed to the top male and female student of each state. However, the State AP Scholar awards were discontinued as of the May 2020 administration.

*The National AP Scholar Awards will also be discontinued, starting with the May 2021 administration.[2]

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[edit]

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.[3]

AP International Diploma
Course area Exams
Languages
  • English language & composition
  • English literature & composition
  • French language
  • German language
  • Latin: vergil
  • Spanish language
  • Spanish literature
  • Chinese language and culture
  • Italian language and culture
  • Japanese language and culture
Sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental science
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Physics C: mechanics
  • Physics C: electricity and magnetism
Mathematics
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Statistics
  • Computer science A
  • Computer science principles
Social studies
  • Human geography
  • Comparative government and politics
  • United States government and politics
  • European history
  • United States history
  • World history
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Psychology
Fine arts
  • Art history
  • Music Theory
  • Studio art

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AP Scholar Awards". College Board. Retrieved 2019-05-01. "AP Scholar Awards". College Board. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  2. ^ "Qualifying for an AP Scholar Award – AP Students | College Board". apstudents.collegeboard.org. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  3. ^ "AP International Diploma". College Board. Retrieved 2019-05-01.