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AP Courses and the College Process

AP® Courses and the College Process

The overall quality of a school’s Advanced Placement® program is critical to the success of its students in their preparation for success in college and also in the college admissions process. Berkeley’s College Counseling Office has compiled some Frequently Asked Questions regarding AP® Courses as they relate to the college process.

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • How are AP® courses and scores reviewed in the college admissions process?

    A transcript showing enrollment in multiple AP® courses is, by itself, 在大学录取过程中不能准确可靠地预测成绩或成功. In selective college admissions, students are read in the context of the high school that they attend. 大学招生顾问通常会得到十大赌博靠谱网络平台学生可以选择的课程的详细信息, the standardized testing averages for the class, the AP exam results of the previous year, percent of students attending a four-year college, 以及班级的年级分布,让学生对高中和学生有一个正确的认识.

    While individual high schools are responsible for teaching their AP® courses, students take a national advanced placement exam at the end of the school year. The exams are scored on a scale of 1 – 5 with scores of 3, 4 and 5 considered “college recommended” marks. 因此,可以根据学生在国家考试中的整体成功来评估个别学校的AP®课程.

    The reality is that colleges and universities consider the strength of a school’s AP® 在确定学生课程选择的优点和学术时间表的严谨性时,计划. If the school’s “pass rate” (i.e. percentage of exams earning a 3, 4, or 5) is low, the assumption can be that the AP courses taught are of questionable rigor; in such a scenario, the number of AP® 学生成绩单上的课程对录取结果的影响要小得多.
  • What is Berkeley’s AP® pass rate compared to others?

    Berkeley's AP® pass rate in 2019 was 86%. According to the College Board®, 93% of students at Berkeley scored a three or higher on at least one exam. 最近一次可用的比较数据来自2018年,当时92%的十大赌博靠谱网站平台学生在至少一门考试中获得了3分或更高的分数,而佛罗里达州的这一比例为56%,全球61%的学生在至少一门AP考试中获得了3分或更高的分数® exam.
  • What are Berkeley’s college acceptance statistics?

    2020届毕业生被38个州的186所学院和大学录取, the District of Columbia, Canada, Scotland, and the UAE. The class earned over $10 million in scholarships, and 86 percent of the class qualified for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
  • Are a certain number of AP® courses required to gain acceptance to a selective college?

    Unfortunately, 十大赌博靠谱网络平台名牌大学的读者认为哪些是AP的“加分项”,有很多假设® courses. One of the greatest oversimplifications of the process is the myth that “X number of AP® courses are required to get into a selective college.” X varies according to with whom you speak, 但这个误区背后的错误理论仍然是一样的……“如果一个学生没有上大学预修课程® and courses, she/he will have no options.”

    It is not enough in competitive college admissions to simply have AP® courses on the student transcript. Most applications for selective institutions, including the Common Application, which is used by 800+ colleges and universities, now ask students to report AP® exam scores in the application process. Likewise, a student’s performance in the AP® class is closely examined, as is the school’s overall performance on the exams, 以确定AP®课程的质量,并为整个学生群体做准备. It is important to remember that the overall quality of a school’s AP® program is critical to the success of its students in the college process. For this reason, 两个学生在不同的高中学习相同的课程,取得相同的成绩是可能的, 但是,一个学生被认为比另一个学生“更有竞争力”是基于声誉和个人高中课程的严谨性.
  • How many AP® courses are offered at Berkeley?

    Currently, 26 AP® courses are offered across all of the academic disciplines.
  • What is Berkeley’s Philosophy & Approach to AP® Courses?

    The philosophy at Berkeley is that the AP® courses should be taught at the college level, as intended by the College Board®, and as expected by the colleges. It is for this reason that the majority of our AP® classes are available to junior and senior students; it is a rare freshman or sophomore in high school who is prepared to successfully master the material in a college-level course. Therefore, our curriculum in grades 9, 10 and 11 is designed to build a foundation for students that lead to readiness for AP® success. It is an approach that has been highly successful for our students and school.

    在保持符合大学水平课程的严格入学要求的同时,我们开设了AP课程® courses more accessible to qualified students. Since 2015, the number of students taking at least one AP® exam has increased by almost 20%. In 2019, 295 students took at least one AP® exam and we administered 800 exams. The increased accessibility of AP® courses continues to be accompanied by an impressively high level of performance on the AP® exams. Over the past five years, as we have continued to increase access to the AP® courses, Berkeley students have taken more than 3,600 AP® exams and achieved an incredible 86% pass rate. 学生们将在十大赌博靠谱网站平台大学提供给他们的课程背景下接受大学读者的评估,并始终受益于我们在全国享有的良好声誉.

    At the same time, 我们抵制任何自满的诱惑,而是继续站在围绕美联社的利益问题的最前沿® program; we continuously evaluate and research our program and make changes that are in the best interests of our students, their education and the college process. In addition, 我们鼓励家长和学生与十大赌博靠谱网站平台的学术顾问密切合作,以确保一个具有挑战性的时间表,学生可以在学业上取得成功.

    At Berkeley, we require all AP® students to take the exam as part of their commitment to the course. Our college counselors are sometimes asked about the importance of the AP® 考试成绩(考虑到考试在年底举行)和大学对课程结果的实际兴趣程度. Again, the reality is that colleges and universities consider the strength of a school’s AP® 在确定学生课程选择的优点和学术时间表的严谨性时,计划. If the school’s “pass rate” is low, the assumption can be that the AP® courses taught are of questionable rigor; in such a scenario, the number of Advanced Placement® 学生成绩单上的课程对录取结果的影响要小得多.
  • What is the history of the AP® Program?

    According to the College Board®, the Advanced Placement® program was developed in the 1950s and was designed to allow talented, motivated students the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school. It was seen as a partnership of sorts between high schools and colleges; a way to inspire bright students to maximize their abilities. At the end of the academic year, a national exam is given in each subject that is scored on a 1 – 5 scale with scores of 3, 4, and 5 considered “college recommending” marks. Every student takes the same exam, so it is possible to compare both student and high school scores on a national level.
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