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Advanced Placement Courses at Templeton

What is AP?

AP stands for “Advanced Placement” and covers curriculum from the first and second semester of university.  Effectively, they are first year university courses that follow up the regular grade 12 courses in high school.

What AP courses can I take at Templeton?

  • AP Calculus AB  (Chiang)

What are the advantages of taking AP?

There are three main advantages to taking AP: 

1)  AP courses look good on your university application

2)  AP courses ease the transition between high school and university

3)  AP courses save you money

Since most senior courses no longer have provincial exams, universities are looking for ways to deal with how to compare students who come from different schools (grade inflation).  AP courses and their exams have been run for many, many years and are respected in every major university as a gold standard.  If you have a good AP mark, universities will know that it is a number they can trust. 
 
First year university can be a slaughter-fest for many students as they learn how to cope with the fast pace and challenge of university level courses.  AP courses introduce these courses in a more supportive environment, where the teacher knows your name and where you need help.

The cost of an average one semester, 4 credit course in university is $639.20

Writing the AP exam for an equivalent course has a charge of $100 
 
Can I use AP marks when applying to university?

Yes.  It is a good idea.  AP exams have a score of 1 through 5 (best).  Your teacher will give you tests that cover AP material during the year and convert that mark into an equivalent mark that can be used on your transcript.


Who runs the AP exams?

The College Board is a non-for-profit group in the United States that develops and manages the curriculum to keep up to date with current university practises.  All students enrolled in AP courses will write the College Board exam in early May.  The rest of the year can be spent reviewing for your other exams.

QUESTIONS?  Contact any of the AP teachers listed above

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