AP or Advanced Placement courses are an excellent way to gain exposure to university-level content while in high school. AP courses cover a curriculum set forth by the College Board and help students prepare for the (optional) AP exam.
Who is AP for?
AP is more challenging but that does not mean it’s restricted to just the top students. Students of all abilities are welcome to take an AP course, however, you should expect it to be more difficult.
Students Applying to Top-Tier Universities
There is no better way to prove you are ready for university than excelling on your AP exam(s). Admission offices have been known to place more value on applicants who are most prepared. Many top-tier colleges have very low acceptance rates, so students who take AP courses stand out. 85% of selective colleges report that AP courses positively impact admission choices (source).
Students Preparing for University-Level Content
Students take AP courses to prepare for university. Students who complete an AP program typically see higher grades in their first year of post-secondary studies. Being exposed to more difficult content while in high school helps you adjust sooner and provides a tangible understanding of what’s to come after graduating high school.
And if you earn a strong grade on the AP exam, you’ll be a few credits ahead too, which can save you from paying expensive university tuition rates.
Students Building Their Resumes For Jobs Or Admissions
Finding high quality experience to add to a high school resume can be challenging. Students who take AP courses can include their AP status under their education section to help stand out for jobs and scholarships. If you scored well on the exam, include that too.
Students Who Are Interested In The AP Course Topic
Students who are interested in a certain subject matter can excel in a more challenging environment. AP courses provide an excellent opportunity to dive deeper into your favourite topics and connect with others who are seeking the same challenge.
Students Seeking Dual High School Credits
Many of iLearn’s AP courses are designed to cover two full high school courses of content. This means students can earn credit for two courses by successfully completing one AP course. Check out our AP page to see which courses are eligible for dual credit.
Is Taking AP Courses Ever A Bad Idea?
AP Courses are great for some students and not-so-great for other students. If you have a busy schedule, it may be difficult to find time to study. If you’re not planning to head to university or a university that acknowledges AP credits, it might not provide much tangible benefit. If you require a very high grade point average (GPA) and feel you may not achieve a high grade in your AP course, it could bring down your overall grade.
Students who choose to take the AP exam can earn post-secondary credits for many Canadian universities and select international post-secondary institutions. If you’re curious, here’s a list of eligible schools from the College Board.
To achieve post-secondary credits, students must achieve a grade of 3 or 4 on the exam (out of 5). Exams are completed at an approved test writing centre and are subject to an additional fee.
At iLearn, AP exams are optional. For students who choose to write the exam, they will have to take the exam at our campus or with and approved partner institution. For students outside of the lower mainland (Metro Vancouver), please speak with our admin team to find an approved College Board AP exam location that is best for you.
AP courses are an excellent option for many students with post-secondary aspirations. Advanced Placement programs challenge students and provide a boost to their admission, scholarship, and job applications. To find out more about AP Courses at iLearn, head to our AP Courses page.