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AP Exam Codes

Score reporting values:

Each AP Exam score is a weighted combination of the student’s score on the multiple-choice section and on the free-response section. While colleges and universities are responsible for setting their own credit and placement policies, AP scores signify how qualified students are to receive college credit or placement. The final score is reported on a 5-point scale:

5 = extremely well qualified

4 = well qualified

3 = qualified

2 = possibly qualified

1 = no recommendation 

The AP Program periodically conducts studies to compare the performance of AP students with the performance of college students in parallel courses. For most AP subjects, results indicate that:

  • AP Exam scores of 5 are equivalent to grades of A+ and A in the corresponding college course.
  • AP Exam scores of 4 are equivalent to grades of A-, B+, and B in college. 
  • AP Exam scores of 3 are equivalent to grades of B-, C+, and C in college.

Viewing Data by Class Section

If your school has AP teachers with multiple class sections or multiple teachers teaching the same AP subject, you and your teachers can get subject score rosters and AP Instructional Planning Reports at the class section or teacher level. This view of the data gives your teachers a direct view into the performance of their individual classes, enabling them to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of their curricula. To enable this feature, your school must designate section numbers on students’ answer sheets during the exam administration.

This feature helps your school control who sees student scores when more than one teacher teaches an AP subject. If your school does not designate sections, all data will be grouped by AP subject only. This means that if your school has two AP U.S. History teachers and you do not designate sections, students in both classes will be combined into a single subject roster and a single AP Instructional Planning Report, which both of your AP U.S. History teachers will be able to view online.

Updated on 10/28/2021

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