Get Started in AP
There are many reasons to take AP courses. You’ll have the opportunity to:
- Challenge yourself academically.
- Set yourself apart in college admission.
- Earn college credit and placement with a successful exam score.
Browse around the Explore AP site to learn more about the benefits that AP can offer you.
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.
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.
If you did, it can help you find the courses that are the best fit for you.
Links to More AP Pages
I can't take AP because the courses I need are not offered at my high school.
There may be opportunities to take AP courses outside of your high school. Talk to your counselor about taking a course online through an approved provider.
I can't take AP because no one has recommended me.
If you think you’re ready to take an AP course, then you’re ready to advocate for yourself—just talk to a teacher or counselor.
I can't afford to take an AP Exam.
AP aims to make exams affordable for everyone. Fee reductions for students with financial need, as well as state and federal subsidies, are available.
AP Myth vs AP Reality
Check out some of the common myths about AP.