Are the AP and IB tests mandatory? The Advanced Placement courses (AP) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) are courses that can help young people get into the college they desire. Although the AP courses and tests aren’t mandatory, many colleges like to see the results on school transcripts.
Why do AP/IB scores matter?
-Both tests are very rigorous and represent excellent student preparation for college
-Some colleges require the students to take at least two AP or IB tests in order to qualify for admittance or to get credit
-IB classes require students to prepare papers, oral presentations and written exams so students get an early taste of advanced
-Colleges are more familiar with the AP programs as these programs are usually adjusted to meet college requirements
-Some colleges allow students with high AP or IB courses to place out of lower-level classes
-Students can take courses and pass exams according to their interests in certain subject
-Colleges often favor students who have taken multiple AP courses as it shows their initiative and readiness for life after high
-Studies have shown that students who achieve good AP scores have a better chance of earning college degrees
Here is a breakdown of popular colleges in DC/MD/VA area that value AP/IB scores:
George Mason University awards credit to those who have the IB scores of 5, 6, and 7, but for some subjects, you can even receive credit with a 4; as for the AP scores, you need to score at least a 3 but some subjects require a 4 or 5.
George Washington University grants credit based on AP exam scores of 4 or 5 and IB scores of 6 or 7.
Anne Arundel Community College requires a score of at least 3 or 4 on AP exams. The credits awarded vary depending on the subject and the grade received.
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