Why Take AP?

Why Take APNow that I have discussed the basics requirements and components of an AP class, as well as the new AP class additions at Calvary, it’s time to discuss the part that everyone is ultimately concerned with…”What score do I need to make on the AP test to earn college credit?”

Let’s start with some AP exam basics:

  • At the conclusion of each AP class, there is a national exam given on a certain day for each class. These test dates are chosen by the College Board and will take place during a morning or afternoon session.
  • The test fee for each AP exam is $92, which includes a $9 rebate for each high school to accommodate for testing administration costs. However, Calvary chooses to forfeit that rebate and in turn reduce the test rate for our students to $83.   
  • Each AP exam has several sections and generally consists of multiple choice, free response, and essay-style questions.These question types can vary based on the exam being taken, but many have similar styles.
  • Once the tests are sent off, the wait begins. Access to AP exam scores is based on the student’s physical location. For students in Georgia, AP score access for 2016 begins Friday, July 8th at 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Although all of the information above is extremely important, most students and parents are primarily concerned with one thing – what score is needed to earn college credit?  However, that is a question that more than one answer. Chances are, if a student scores a 3 or higher on the AP exam he/she will most likely receive college credit for the AP class, but each individual university chooses what scores are needed to earn college credit. Due to this fact, the required number or score for college credit can change. With that in mind, it will be essential for students and parents to check the requirements for each university of interest. The two links listed below will be extremely helpful in attempting to better understand AP scoring and what score is required to receive credit at each individual university around the country.  

More information on AP scoring:


AP credit policy search: (Search for the University and see the required AP exam scores)




A little more about Cory Martin...

Cory Martin has his B.S. in biology from the University of Georgia and his M.A. in science & math education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Martin attends Community Bible Church and gains inspiration from Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” For Cory, the best aspect of his position as the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction is the opportunity to build relationships with students all the while helping each student reach their academic goals. He is thankful for his wife Katie and their new daughter Carter Anne. He loves time spent with his family, sports of any kind, and the Georgia Bulldogs.

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