Advanced Placement Program

The Advanced Placement program, created by the College Board, offers college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. American colleges often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. A panel of experts and college-level educators in each subject create the AP curriculum for the College Board. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ensure it satisfies the AP curriculum.

As of the 2011 testing season, exams cost $87 each, though the cost may be subsidized by local or state programs. Financial aid is available for students who qualify for it; the exam reduction is $22 per exam from College Board plus an additional $8 rebate per fee-reduced exam from the school. There may be further reductions depending on the state. Out of the $87, $8 goes directly to the school to pay for the administration of the test, which some schools will reduce to lower the cost to the student.

Currently, there is no local, state or federal funding to support AP Incentive Programs in Maine. However, federal funds are still available for partial cost of the AP Exams.

In 2006, over one million students took more than two million AP examinations. Many high schools in the United States offer AP courses, though the College Board allows any student to take any examination, regardless of participation in its respective course. Therefore, home-schooled students and students from schools that do not offer AP courses have an equal opportunity to take the examination.



Nancy Lamontagne
AP Program Coordinator