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Title: The Advanced Placement Program

The Advanced Placement Program
  • at McEachern High School

  • Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses give
    you a head start on college.
  • Taking the end-of-course AP Exam sends a
    powerful message to colleges and universities
    that a student is ready for them, and can enable
    students to gain admission, college credit, and
    placement into advanced courses.

Did you know . . .
  • If you earn a high school diploma, youre likely
    to earn 7,000 more annually than students who
    dont complete high school.
  • But if you earn a bachelors degree in college,
    youre likely to earn 22,000more annually.

Source U.S. Department of Education, 2000
Prepare Now to Succeed in College
  • A 1999 U.S. Department of Education study found
    that the strongest predictor of college
    graduation is something students do before they
    ever go to college
  • Participate in rigorous, college-level courses in
    high schooland AP courses in particular.
  • Clifford Adelman, Answers in the Tool Box
    Academic Intensity, Attendance Patterns, and
    Bachelors Degree Attainment (1999), U.S.
    Department of Education.

AP and College Success
Students who take AP courses and exams are much
more likely than their peers to complete a
bachelors degree in four years or less. Source
Camara, Wayne (2003). College Persistence,
Graduation, and Remediation. College Board
Research Notes (RN-19). New York, NY College
Whats the differencebetween AP and honors?
  • AP courses are designed and updated annually to
    reflect whats being taught in cutting-edge
    college courses.
  • Students receive an external evaluationthe AP
    Examwhich is scored by college faculty from
    around the world who verify that the student has
    mastered college-level studies.

Who designs the AP courses and exams?
  • AP committee members currently teach at dozens of
    the nations top colleges and universities,
  • Dartmouth College UCLA
  • Hamilton College Univ. of Texas at Austin
  • Michigan State University University of
  • Princeton University Yale University
  • Spelman College

Why take the AP Exam?
  • Most of the nations colleges and universities,
    plus colleges and universities in 24 other
    countries, grant students admission, credit,
    and/or placement for qualifying AP Exam grades.
  • For example, at Princeton, students can use
    qualifyingAP Exam grades to
  • Graduate in three or three-and-a-half years
  • Enter upper-level courses
  • Fulfill a foreign language requirement

Whats the differencebetween credit and
  • Some colleges award credit for qualifyingAP
    Exam grades. This means you actuallyearn points
    toward your college degree.
  • Others award advanced placement. This means you
    can skip introductory courses,enter higher-level
    classes, and/or fulfillgeneral education

Why should a student takethe AP Exam?
  • Colleges and universities give credit for
    qualifying AP Exam grades, not AP course grades.
  • The confirmation that college-level learning
    took place is in the published results. The AP
    Exam grade is a national standard that I can
    understand and rely upon.
  • Joellen L. Silberman, Dean of EnrollmentKalamazo
    o College

Increase your options
  • College credit can allow you to move into
    upper-level college courses sooner, pursue a
    double major, and gain time to study and travel
  • As a freshman, I was able to skip general ed
    requirements and head straight into the
    higher-level classes I wanted to take. Taking AP
    Exams literally saved me semesters of time.
  • Brent Wiese, University of Iowa

Save money
  • If you earn a qualifying grade on an AP Exam, you
    can receive credit for the equivalent course at
    thousands of colleges and universities
  • I took AP throughout high school because it was
    the most interesting and well-taught program
    offered. When I reached college, I realized that
    I had accumulated a years worth of credits. I
    graduated from Michigans undergraduate business
    school a full year early, saving 30,000 and a
    years time.
  • Nikki Baker, University of Michigan

Why should I take the AP Exam even if Im not
looking to earn credit or placement?
Stand out in the admissions process
  • One of the best standard predictors of academic
    success at Harvard is performance on Advanced
    Placement Examinations.
  • William R. FitzsimmonsDean of Admissions,
    Harvard University
  • AP Exams affirm the rigor of a students course
    work. Though admissions policies vary, if I were
    a student, I wouldnt assume that the college of
    my dreams didnt care about AP Exams in the
    admissions process.
  • Bruce Walker, Director of Admissions University
    of Texas at Austin

Factors InfluencingAdmission Decisions
NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 2001
Earn academic scholarshipsor awards
  • Some of the most competitive scholarship awards
    value AP Exam grades
  • Having the AP Exam grade can make the difference
    when it comes down to awarding precious
    scholarship dollars.
  • Edwina Harris Hamby, Dean of AdmissionFisk

Experience a college-level test
  • The intensity of college exams catches far too
    many freshmen by surprise
  • Students who have prepared for and taken the AP
    Exams adapt more easily to taking college essay
    exams, and are especially skilled in including a
    thesis and a well-developed argument. They are
    also less intimidated by sophisticated,
    college-level multiple-choice questions that seek
    to test understanding over memorization.
  • Robert Blackey, Professor of HistoryCSU, San

Be a step ahead
  • I received a 3 on my AP English Exam, but since
    I love English and hope to take all the English
    courses that I can possibly get my hands on, I
    decided to take English 111 in college. My
    college class is covering the same material I
    studied in AP English. Thanks to my experience
    preparing for the free-response questions, my
    frequent essay exams are a breeze. By taking AP,
    Im a step ahead of the others in my class. I
    know the material and I know the process.
  • Anne Elliott, University of Connecticut

AP Courses offered at McEachern
  • AP English Literature
  • AP English Language
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB / BC
  • AP Biology
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP World History
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP U.S. Gov Politics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP European History
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Studio Art
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Computer Science

2014 Test Schedule
Date Morning Test (begins at 8am) Afternoon Test (begins at noon)
Monday, May 5th Chemistry Environmental Science Psychology
Tuesday, May 6th Computer Science Spanish Language
Wednesday, May 7th Calculus AB Calculus BC
Thursday, May 8th English Literature
Friday, May 9th English Language Statistics Studio Art Portfolio Due
Monday, May 12th Biology Music Theory Physics B
Tuesday, May 13th US Govt Politics Human Geography
Wednesday, May 14th United States History
Thursday, May 15th World History Macroeconomics Microeconomics
AP Credit and PlacementPolicy Information
  • Colleges and universities throughout the world
    offer credit and/or placement for qualifying
    Advanced Placement Exam scores. Information about
    AP credit and placement policies at many colleges
    and universities is now available on the College
    Boards Web site

AP Credit and PlacementPolicy Information
  • Go to
  • Type in the name of the college or university
    whose AP policy you want to view (or browse by
    letter of the alphabet).
  • You will see two things for each school that has
    provided their AP credit policy info
  • A link to the colleges own Web page that details
    its AP credit and placement policies.
  • A statement by the college or university about
    its AP policy.

AP Exam fees
  • There is an 89 fee for each AP Exam, which the
    College Board uses to
  • 1) develop, print, ship, and score the exams
  • 2) subsidize teacher training
  • 3) develop classroom resources
  • 4) support educational initiatives

AP Exam fees
  • For students with financial need, the College
    Board reduces the exam fee (currently 53).
  • In Georgia, additional federal and/or state
    funding provide these additional fee subsidies
  • 1 exam for students with Free or Reduced Lunch in
    the current school year

Cost at McEachern in 2013-2014
  • Regular Testing
  • 1 test 104
  • 2 tests 193
  • 3 tests 282
  • 4 tests 368
  • 5 tests 457
  • 6 tests 546
  • 7 tests 635
  • Free/Reduced Lunch
  • 1 test 15 (test pd by GA)
  • 2 tests 68
  • 3 tests 121
  • 4 tests 174
  • 5 tests 227
  • 6 tests 280
  • 7 tests 333

Tuition for Fiscal Year 2013
  • KSU / West GA / Valdosta / GA Southern
  • Tuition per credit hour 161.74
  • Tuition for a 3 hour course 485.22

Tuition for Fiscal Year 2013
  • Southern Polytechnic
  • Tuition per credit hour 175.20
  • Tuition for a 3 hour course 525.60

Tuition for Fiscal Year 2013
  • Georgia State University
  • Tuition per credit hour 251.20
  • Tuition for a 3 hour course 753.60

Tuition for Current Cohort which ends in summer
of 2012(these numbers will likely go up)
  • University of Georgia Georgia Tech
  • Tuition per credit hour 203
  • Tuition for a 3 hour course 609

Registering and Paying for AP Exams
  • McEachern will be using Total Registration to
    register and collect payments for all students.
  • Payments can be made by credit card, check or
    money order and will be sent directly to Total
    Registration. Those payments will be credited to
    your student at McEachern.

Registering and Paying for AP Exams
  • Information about the live link to begin
    registering will go home mid-September with
    students and be posted on the McEachern website
    under Academics.
  • The deadline for payments will be
  • January 24th

AP Exam Scores
  • Each AP Exam score is a weighted combination of
    the students scores on the multiple-choice
    section and the free-response section. The final
    score is reported on a 5-point scale.
  • Although colleges and universities are
    responsible for setting their own credit and
    placement policies, AP scores offer a
    recommendation on how qualified students are to
    receive college credit or placement
  • 5 extremely well qualified
  • 4 well qualified
  • 3 qualified
  • 2 possibly qualified
  • 1 no recommendation

AP Scores v. College Grades
  • The AP Program periodically conducts studies to
    compare the performance of AP students with the
    performance of college students in parallel
    courses. For most AP subjects, results indicate
  • AP Exam scores of 5 are equivalent to grades of
    A and A in the corresponding college course.
  • AP Exam scores of 4 are equivalent to grades of
    A-, B and B in college.
  • AP Exam scores of 3 are equivalent to grades of
    B-, C and C in college.

AP Scholar Awards
  • AP Scholar
  • Granted to students who receive grades of 3 or
    higher on 3 or more exams
  • AP Scholar with Honors
  • Granted to students with an average grade of at
    least 3.24 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3
    or higher on 4 or more of these exams
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Granted to students who receive an average grade
    of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades
    of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams

2013 AP Scholars from McEachern3 or higher on
at least 3 tests
  • Danica Alexander
  • Kirsten Allen
  • Maya Brooks
  • Apryl House
  • Mary Lindsey
  • Rachel McMath
  • Alexa Miller
  • Jerry Nwankwoh
  • Lillian Ofili
  • Brittany Pradere
  • Cheyenne Rodriguez
  • Victor Sarmiento
  • Jonessa St-Lewis
  • Arezou Taeed

2013 AP Scholar with Honor
  • Average score of 3.25 and score of
  • 3 or higher on 4 or more tests
  • Rachele Byrd Morgan King
  • Kaitlyn Godwin Uche Nkadi
  • Courteney Hooks CJ Norrell

2013 AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Average score of 3.5 and score of
  • 3 or higher on five or more tests
  • Amy Dao

What should I see at home?
  • Active Reading
  • Practice Questions
  • Study Groups
  • Individual Research
  • Above and beyond the graded work
  • Studying and preparing for an AP course and exam
    looks much different than it does for other

Learning from others is important!
  • Saturday Review Sessions Practice Tests
  • Individual Study Groups
  • Study Partners
  • WHY?

  • Look at the picture on the following slide.
  • Do you know what it is?
  • Dont shout out the answer please!

  • Not many of you will get it at first glance.
    What if I told you to look again keeping in mind
    that it is
  • NOT a landscape
  • NOT an inanimate object
  • facing forward

  • A few more of you may get it now. What if I let
    you ask me some questions?
  • Can I keep it in my house? NO
  • Is it alive? YES
  • Is it human? NO
  • NOWlook again.

  • Still dont see it? What if I give you some more
    direct instruction.
  • Take a look at it now.

  • Finally, if you see it and your neighbor it to themexplain it to themhelp
    them see it!

This is just like our AP class
The Cow Analogy What happened in each of the
five rounds? Round 1 Very few, if any, see it
straight away Round 2 Direct instruction works
for a few Round 3 Questioning moves everyone
forward Round 4 Majority sees with direct
explanation Round 5 Everyone sees when helping
Are you smarter than someone if you see the
cow first? What is your responsibility when you
see the cow? What kind of student will not see
the cow? If you dont see the cow, dont leave
  • Did you see it?
  • How about now.

  • We probably wont need all 5 rounds for everyone
    to get it this time because we helped everyone
    get to the same place the last round.
  • What if we change it up a bit?

What about now? Do you see the cow?
Do you see the cow?
Do you see the cow?
2002 AP English Literature and Composition
Free-Response, Question 3 Morally ambiguous
characters characters whose behavior
discourages readers from identifying them as
purely evil or purely good are at the heart of
many works of literature. Choose a novel or play
in which a morally ambiguous character plays a
pivotal role. Then write an essay in which you
explain how the character can be viewed as
morally ambiguous and why his or her ambiguity is
significant to the work as a whole. Avoid mere
plot summary.
Do you see the cow?
  • 2002 AP English Literature and Composition
    Free-Response, Question 3
  • Choose a work from the list below or another
  • or play of comparable literary merit.
  • The Age of Innocence Henry V
  • All the Kings Men The Mayor of
  • Anna Karenina The Merchant of Venice
  • The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored
    Man Mrs. Warrens Profession
  • The Awakening Père Goriot
  • Billy Budd The Picture of Dorian
  • Crime and Punishment The Plague
  • Faust Poccho
  • Fences The Scarlet Letter
  • The Glass Menagerie Silas Marner
  • Great Expectations Sister Carrie
  • The Great Gatsby Sula
  • Heart of Darkness The Turn of
    the Screw
  • Hedda Gabler Typical American

Do you see the cow?
  • 2002 AP U. S. History Examination
    Free-Response DBQ, Question 1
  • Reform movements in the United States sought to
    expand democratic ideals. Assess the validity of
    this statement with specific reference to the
    years 1825-1850.

Do you see the cow?
What some students see
Look again. What some saw as DEATH is actually a
work of art!
What do you think retention rates are after 24
hours for each of these tasks?
  • ____ Reading
  • ____ Demonstration
  • ____ Teaching Others
  • ____ Lecture
  • ____ Practice by Doing
  • ____ Discussion Group
  • ____ Audio-Visual

5 10 20 30 50 75 90
National Training Laboratory, Bethel, ME
Why bother working with a partner?
How many teachers are there in this classroom?
  • 10 Reading
  • 50 Demonstration
  • 90 Teaching Others
  • 5 Lecture
  • 75 Practice by Doing
  • 30 Discussion Group
  • 20 Audio-Visual

If you comfortable helping each other then both
you and your partner will learn more.
  • To get updates and reminders about the AP Exams,
    text _at_apexams to 651-314-1481

Thank you for joining us
  • Visit your AP teacher for examples of real AP
    test questions in their subject area
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