Advanced Placement: Student Must Take AP Exam to Receive Course Credit
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Advanced Placement: Student Must Take AP Exam to Receive Course Credit

Advanced Placement (AP), first established in 1955 as a program for gifted students, has seen tremendous growth since the 1990s. This database provides information on state policies and programs to support AP offerings in the states.

Student must take AP exam to receive course credit: If a student doesn’t take the exam, it’s not possible to tell if he/she learned the content one would expect of an AP course. Requiring a student to take the exam ensures that the grade in the class is aligned with the student’s mastery of the course content knowledge. One state -- South Carolina -- requires students in state-funded AP programs to take the AP exam to receive course credit. Arkansas specifies that the student must complete the AP exam to receive weighted course credit.

This information was collected from statutes, state board regulations and state education agency Web sites from April to August 2006, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted. Limited information is included on federal AP programs; for details on states receiving funding through the U.S. Department of Education's Advanced Placement Incentive Program, please visit the department Web site.

Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or

Student must take AP exam to receive course credit
Alabama No
Alaska No
Arizona No
Arkansas Yes. Student must take AP course and exam to receive weighted course credit.
California No
Colorado No
Connecticut No
Delaware No
District of Columbia No
Florida No
Georgia No
Hawaii No
Idaho No
Illinois No
Indiana No. However, effective with the Class of 2010, two of the 6 additional measures required to earn a Core 40 diploma with academic honors are to complete 2 AP courses and the related AP exams, or a combination of dual enrollment credit and 1 AP course and exam.
Iowa No
Kansas No
Kentucky No
Louisiana No
Maine No
Maryland No
Massachusetts No
Michigan No
Minnesota No
Mississippi No
Missouri No
Montana No
Nebraska No
Nevada No
New Hampshire No
New Jersey No
New Mexico No
New York No
North Carolina No
North Dakota No
Ohio No
Oklahoma No
Oregon No
Pennsylvania No
Rhode Island No
South Carolina Yes. "All students enrolled in Advanced Placement programs for which funding is provided under these regulations shall be required to take the College Board administered examination."
South Dakota No
Tennessee No
Texas No
Utah No
Vermont No
Virginia No
Washington No
West Virginia No. It is "strongly recommended" but not mandated that students in AP courses take the corresponding AP exam.
Wisconsin No
Wyoming No
American Samoa No information located
Guam No information located
Puerto Rico No information located

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