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AP Program

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WHAT IS THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM?
 
The Advanced Placement (AP) program is a collaborative effort among motivated students, dedicated teachers, and committed high schools, colleges and universities. Since its inception in 1955, the AP Program has allowed millions of students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit or advanced placement while still in high school. By challenging and stimulating students, the AP Program provides access to a quality education, which accelerates learning, rewards achievement, and enhances both high school and college programs.
 

HOW DOES THE AP PROGRAM BENEFIT STUDENTS?
 
  • Students demonstrate scholarship on national and international academic levels. Taking an AP Examination enables students to compare their knowledge and understanding of a college-level subject with the high academic standards established by college faculty. The challenge of meeting these national and international standards gives students a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
  • Students study in greater depth. Students who take AP courses learn a subject in depth, develop analytical reasoning skills, and form disciplined study habits that can contribute to continued success at the college level.
  • Students improve their chances of being accepted by the college of their choice. College admissions personnel view AP experience as one indicator of future success at the college level. Successful performance in an AP course is, therefore, a great advantage to a student who wishes to attend a highly selective college.
  • Students are often exempted from introductory courses at college. Course exemption gives students time to broaden their college experience by exploring additional subject areas, participating in internships, and studying abroad, for example.
  • Students may be granted sophomore standing. Students who earn satisfactory grades on enough AP Exams may be granted a full year's credit by their college or university. Students need not worry about how well they will do - they risk nothing by taking the AP exam.
  • Students are eligible for AP Scholar Awards. The AP Program offers several prestigious awards to recognize high school students who demonstrate college-level achievement on specified numbers of AP Exams.
     

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
 
Participation in AP or Honors courses at Lake Orion High School is based on students' preparation for such a course, their willingness and ability to meet its academic challenges, and the level of support they have from family and friends. Students may take an Advanced Placement examination without having enrolled in the requisite AP courses offered and conversely, may take an AP course and opt not to take the AP exam. Students may retake exams each year, if they wish.

Homeschooled students who reside in the Lake Orion Community School district are eligible to take the exams at LOHS.

 

WHEN ARE AP EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED AND WHAT ARE THE QUESTIONS LIKE?
 
All AP Exams (except Studio Art) contain both multiple-choice questions and free-response questions, which require essay writing, problem solving, and other skills. Most exams are three hours long and are administered during morning and afternoon sessions 1st and 2nd week of May. In Studio Art, students submit portfolios of their work instead of taking an exam. Students are required to take AP Exams at their regularly scheduled times. However, under special circumstances (forced school closing, unexpected serious emergencies), an exam may be administered late using an alternate form of the exam. Depending on the reasons; late testing is available. The College Board does not permit tests to be administered late for any of the following reasons: senior class trips, field trips, proms, school assemblies, family member graduation and/or family vacations/commitments.
 

WHAT AP COURSES AND EXAMS ARE AVAILABLE AT LOHS?
 
Consult the course descriptions in the curriculum handbook for further information on each of the following AP courses offered at Lake Orion High School.
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP English Language & Comp.(Grade 11)
  • AP English Literature & Comp. (Grade 12)
  • AP European History
  • AP Government and Politics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Portfolio Art
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Statistics
  • AP United States History

If interested in testing in any other subject, please see Christy Bell in Counseling 1 Office  as soon as possible.

 

WHO CREATES AP EXAMS?
 
College Board Development Committees made up of college and university faculty and seasoned AP teachers from around the world prepare AP Course Descriptions and AP Exams. Test development specialists from Educational Testing Service (ETS) assist these committees. Each year the Development Committees set specifications and develop new versions of the exams.
 

HOW ARE THE EXAMS GRADED?

The multiple-choice section of the exam is scored by computer. The free-response booklets are evaluated by faculty consultants, selected college professors and AP teachers who spend a week each June scoring answers. To maintain scoring consistency and fairness, no faculty consultant knows the scores given by another faculty consultant or the identity of the student whose booklet he or she is scoring.

The AP Grading System. Each exam is given an overall grade on a 5-point AP scale:

  1. No reccomendation
  2. Possibly Qualified
  3. Qualified
  4. Well Qualified
  5. Extremely Well Qualified

Comparability studies conducted by the AP Program indicate that an AP grade of 3 is approximately equal to a college grade of B at many institutions. At some other institutions, an AP grade of 3 is more comparable to a college course grade of C. Each college decides which AP Exam grades it will accept for credit or advanced placement or both; most accept grades of 3 and above.
 


WHO RECEIVES AP EXAM RESULTS?
 
In July, students will receive an email from College Board shortly before early access begins. They will be providing the student with reminders about how and when to access scores. Students will need their high school student ID number or AP number to access their scores.  AP Grade Reports are sent in mid-July to each student’s home, high school, and any college(s) designated by the student.
 

WANT TO KNOW MORE?
 
Contact your student's counselor or Christine Bell, LOHS AP Coordinator, at 248-693-5420. E-mail address: christine.bell@lok12.org. For direct access to AP information and services, go to www.collegeboard.com/ap/students/index.html. or CALL-4-AP (888-225-5427).

[Updated 1/22/2016]