A checklist so you’ll know what to do next.


There are many reasons to take AP courses. You’ll have the opportunity to:



If you think AP might be right for you, schedule a meeting to discuss it with your counselor or teacher. You can prepare with this conversation starter — it will be a useful guide for your discussion together.

Talking with your parents, guardians or friends about AP is also a good way to get another perspective.

Get useful tips for talking to a counselor or teacher about AP.
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Once you’ve decided if AP is right for you, make sure to ask your counselor or teacher about deadlines for signing up for courses at your school.

Have you taken your PSAT/NMSQT?

If you did, it can help you find the courses that are the best fit for you.

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