General Information for Students and Parents


Advanced Placement (AP) is a program of university-level courses and exams for high school students. For students who successfully complete external AP exams (with a minimum score of 3 in some cases but mostly 4 on a 5 point scale), they may, upon admission to university/college, be granted credit and/or placement at many post-secondary institutions around the world. (Some institutions will also grant credit for a score of 3.) Suggested prerequisite courses for the AP courses offered can be viewed by visiting the course webpage. 


AP Teachers

AVRCE Advanced Placement teachers are dedicated to providing AP students with the best possible preparation for their AP exam and post-secondary studies. For a listing of the current AP teachers, please check out our Contacts page.

Writing the Advanced Placement Examination

Students enrolled in AP courses are strongly encouraged to write the external AP examination in May. There is no fee for taking an AP course but there is a fee for writing this AP examination and this is currently covered by Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Regardless of whether or not the student writes the AP exam in May, the fact that they completed an AP course is acknowledged on their official NS Ministry of Education transcript. However, if the student wants to gain advanced placement credit at a post-secondary institution, they must write the AP exam and forward their results to the institution(s).

Credit for University/College

Students who successfully complete an AP exam with a minimum score of 4 on a 5 point scale (some institutions only require a score of 3) may, upon admission to the university, be granted credit and/or placement at most post-secondary institutions around the world. For more detailed information about colleges and universities, click here.

How AP Students Do After Graduation

Advanced Placement students, when placed in advanced courses in university, tend to outperform other students. About 80% of these students receive As or Bs in subsequent coursework even at the most selective institutions. They usually have higher grade point averages and are more likely to graduate with honours from university having had less of an adjustment to university work. As the universities see the performance of AP candidates after they leave high school, they become more interested in recruiting these students to their campuses.

AP International Diploma

In order to earn the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) students must display a mastery of AP exams across several disciplines. The APID is aimed at students who wish to attend university outside their native country. More information on the APID may be found at the College Board AP website.