The Advanced Placement Program of the College Board enables students to complete college-level studies during secondary school, thus serving as an academic bridge that helps smooth the transition from secondary school to college. College Board member institutions determine AP Program policies. Some colleges give credit for the successful completion of AP courses and examinations in selected subjects; others do not. Beyond the practical advantages of college placement or credit, AP courses offer secondary-school students a singular opportunity to develop their strengths. By giving students the opportunity to experience the academic rigors of a college course, AP courses foster self-motivation, confidence, responsibility and self-reliance. Participation in one or more AP courses is dependent upon a student’s prior academic record, teacher recommendations, and student interest. No more than three (3) AP courses in each of one’s Junior and Senior years is advised.
Following completion of an AP course, the student is required to take an AP examination on the subject covered. The College Board sets a fee for the examination; this fee is the responsibility of the student. AP examinations are administered each May at St. Andrew’s and take a maximum of three hours. A committee of secondary school and college faculty members prepares each AP examination. The examinations are structured to accurately measure the depth of the student’s knowledge and comprehension. Each examination includes multiple-choice questions and a free-response section that consists of analytical essays or complex problems.