What do the Scores Mean?

Understanding AP Scores

After a long year, you’ve finally taken your AP test. You’ve studied hard, you’ve done all the classwork, and now, whatever the class is, you’re done. At 7 A.M. on July 8th, students in Texas will be able to see the score they’ve earned. But what does this number mean?

According to the College Board website, an AP score is “used by colleges and universities to determine if they will grant you credit for what you’ve already learned, or allow you to skip the equivalent course once you get to college.” A score of a 5 earns a rating of Extremely Well Qualified, a score of a 3 is Qualified, and a score of a 1 earns a No Recommendation.

Each test is weighted differently, but the basic grading system is as such: The test materials are collected and sent to the College Board, who score the Scantron used to answer the multiple-choice section by computer. Then, a group of teachers from across the country score the free response question based on a rubric made each year.

From there, the two parts are combined to create a composite score. The composite score falls somewhere on a range, which is converted to a number from 1 to 5. The scale is determined based on the difficulty of the test, so that a 5 this year is as qualified as a 5 last year, for example.

That’s well and good, but what do you do with this score? All public colleges in Texas are required by a law passed in 2015, HB 1992 if you are interested, to offer credit for AP Scores of a 3 or higher. This doesn’t necessarily earn you the class credit, though. At UT Dallas, for example, a score of 3 on some classes earns you Credit hours rather than class credits.

To get this credit, beyond having to pass your test, you have to send your AP Score Report to your college of choice. Sending a report costs $15, or $25 if you need rush processing, which sends the report in 5-9 days. Orders sent between July 3 and July 13, 2017 get rush processing for the regular cost of $15

For more information: https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores/about-ap-scores

Request your scores: https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores#/

Frequently asked questions: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/help#faq39


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