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What are Advanced Placement (AP) Exams?

The Advanced Placement Program created by the College Board in USA and Canada offers college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. The students who get high scores in the Advanced Placement examinations usually receive grant placement and course credits by colleges & universities in the United States. More and more students in India are pursuing further studies in colleges and universities in other nations via Advanced Placement, with many applying to institutions in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

AP Tests are a standardized way of verifying your course record. It also helps to ensure that students have literally learned and absorbed the information and deserve significant credit.


Benefits of Taking AP

There are numerous advantages to taking AP Courses and Exams as an Indian student.

  • Taking AP courses allows students to stand out in the college applications process by demonstrating to admissions officers that they have pursued the most difficult curriculum accessible to them. Students who take AP courses and examinations are seen favorably by universities all over the world since their accomplishment in AP reflects a student’s dedication and potential to thrive in university-level academics.
  • AP Exams allow students to earn college credit or advanced placement before they even begin college, allowing them to graduate early (students can sometimes save up to a year at college), save tuition, pursue a double major, move into upper-level courses sooner, gain time to travel abroad or complete an internship. On the basis of successful AP Exam scores, more than 90% of universities in the United States give credit, advanced placement, or both. Furthermore, all top universities in Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as several European universities, accept AP for admission, credit, or placement. Credit policies vary by college, so students should familiarise themselves with the policies of the colleges in which they are interested.
  • The AP Scholar Awards are given to high school students who have exhibited extraordinary college-level success in AP courses and tests (non-monetary). Indian students can also achieve the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) by scoring a 3 or above on 5 or more AP Exams. AP Exam success can also help students receive academic scholarships and awards from colleges and universities.
  • AP can help a student exhibit his or her competency in a certain field of study, as well as provide students with the chance to study a subject that they are interested in but are unable to pursue at their current school. Some students take AP Exams to fulfil their university’s General Education requirements.
  • AP courses and exams assist students in developing critical thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, and communication skills that are required for success in college and beyond. This is especially essential in the Indian context because the teaching style in schools that follow the Indian curriculum can sometimes differ significantly from what has been practiced abroad.
  • The AP Program is recognised by universities worldwide, and AP Exams are taken by students in over 120 countries. An AP Exam score of 5 is viewed the same way whether the student is from Nairobi, New Delhi, or New York. As a result, AP Exams enable Indian students to include a score from a standardised and internationally recognised academic program in their college applications.

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AP Exam Preparation

Students may register themselves (the registration process begins in February) for one of the best AP preparation courses with us, which is administered in May, at testing centres in Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune. The Advanced Placement testing schedule offers exams in subjects such as Economics, Calculus, Physics, and Statistics. The AP exam has teamed up with MeritTrac, India’s largest assessment company to ensure excellent security in the administration of the exam in our continent.

Getting started with AP is much more difficult than you think. You need to have proper coaching and assistance to score well in your AP examination. Manya-The Princeton Review’s AP tutors can assist you to maximise the opportunity to take college-level courses and achieve advanced placement.

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Exam Pattern/ Format

The Advanced Placement Program offers 34 courses and exams across mathematics, sciences, social sciences, arts and world language. Determination of the subjects to be offered will depend on individual schools and test centers.22 different AP exam courses are available for you in India to choose from

The Advanced Placement exams’ duration varies from 90 minutes to 200 minutes. It depends on the subject. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and a free response section.

The examination is offered in paper and pencil format.

AP Exam Courses offered are:

World Languages and Culture

  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • French Language and Culture
  • German Language and Culture
  • Italian Language and Culture
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Latin
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Spanish Literature and Culture



  • 2-D Arts and Design
  • 3-D Arts and Design
  • Art History
  • Drawing
  • Music Therapy


History and Social Sciences

  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • European History
  • Human Geography
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Psychology
  • United States Government and Politics
  • United States History
  • World History


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics 1 (Algebra based)
  • Physics 2 (Algebra based)
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Physics C: Mechanics


  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition

Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Statistics


Scoring Method

In the five-point Advanced Placement score system students with an AP score of three or higher are said to be successful, and have the opportunity to apply for the AP level college courses. Students who achieve a score higher than three tend to experience easier and better academic success in college, in comparison to their peers as shown by a Research.


Registration Process for AP

  • To register for the AP exam online students should create a College Board account
  • Students need to pay test centers directly for the exams.
  • Students will receive an admission ticket from the test center once the seat is confirmed,
  • The Registration is final once the student registers for the exam online and pays the test center.
  • Even if the student has paid to the test center but has not completed the online registration for the AP, the student will not be able to give the exam.
  • The student needs to do both these things for complete registration.


Who creates the AP curriculum, and what courses are available for exams?

AP courses and exams, which are accessible in India in 23 subjects including Sciences, Mathematics, Social Science, Languages, and Art, are established by committees of American and international university professors who collaborate with expert high school instructors. Members of the AP committee teach at prestigious institutions such as Columbia University, Harvard University, and The University of Pennsylvania.


When students can take AP Exams, and what is the format of the exam?

AP exams are flexible, allowing students to take as many or as few as they like in a given year. AP Exams are often taken in Grades 11 or 12, or both, though some students take them earlier, in Grades 9 or 10. Some students choose to take AP Exams during a gap year after graduating from high school before enrolling in college. AP courses are taught in various Indian schools, however, students can also self-study and take AP exams. The tests, which are held in May each year, consist of a mix of multiple-choice and free-response questions and last between 90 and 200 minutes, depending on the subject.


AP (Advanced Placement) in India – Recognition by Association of Indian Universities (AIU)

The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has granted recognition to the AP Exam. Students who wish to pursue their undergraduate studies in India can take the AP exam and courses and will be issued equivalence certificates that will enable them to enrol in a bachelor’s degree program at a university in India.


AP is a trademark registered and owned by the College Board, which is not affiliated with and does not endorse this product.

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