Advanced Placement (AP)

  • What is the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam?

    Taken each May by students all over the world, the AP Exam is the final step after a year of hard work in an AP class. These standardized exams are designed to measure how well a student mastered the content and skills of the course — a successful score could even earn a student credit and advanced placement in college.

    What does an AP Score Mean?

    An AP score is a weighted combination of your scores on the multiple-choice section and on the free-response section. The final score is reported on a 5-point scale as follows:

    5 = extremely well qualified
    4 = well qualified
    3 = qualified
    2 = possibly qualified
    1 = no recommendation

    Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5; however, each college decides which scores it will accept.

    AP Exam Participation

    The following chart reflects student AP participation in the WCASD.

      2020 2021 2022
    Total AP Students 1,046 949 920
    Number of Exams 2,036 1,793 1,710
    AP Students with Scores 3+ 858 653 708
    % of Total AP Students with Scores 3+ 82.03% 68.81% 76.96%

    AP Equity and Excellence

    Report displaying the percentages of a school or district's entire 10th, 11th and 12th grade classes who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam and the percentage of the senior class that scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during high school.

      2020 2021 2022
    Graduating Class Summary 34.80% 37.70% 36.50%

    The numbers above represent the percentage of each graduating class
    scoring 3 or higher on at least one AP exam during high school.

    AP Scholars

    There are two steps to calculating  AP Scholar Awards:

    • The student's average AP score is determined based on all exams taken this year and in previous years
    • The student's exam scores are checked to see which ones count toward the various AP Scholar Awards

    A student must meet all criteria to be eligible. For example, a student who has a 3.25 AP score average but only received a 3 or higher on three exams will not receive the AP Scholar with Honor Award because the minimum requirement is a score of 3 or higher on four or more exams.

    Exams taken multiple times only count once; the highest score will be used for the award calculation.

    The AP Scholar Awards are academic distinctions that students may cite among their credentials on applications, resumes and so on. Students do not receive any monetary award from the College Board.

      2020 2021 2022
    AP Scholars with Distinction
    (avg. of 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more)


    AP Scholars with Honor
    (average score at least 3.25 on all AP
    Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more)
    AP Scholars
    (score of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams)