What is it about?

Advanced Placement (AP) classes provide academic benefits to high school students--but only if the students prepare for and take the AP test. Otherwise, there are no benefits.

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Why is it important?

Over 2 million students per year take AP courses, yet it is not clear whether students benefit from merely enrolling in AP or if the AP test is a necessary part of the AP experience. This study shows that the test is essential to receiving benefits from AP.


This is not the first study on the academic benefits of AP, but it has the most academically diverse sample and is the largest study of the AP program outside of the College Board.

Dr Russell T. Warne
Independent Scholar

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This page is a summary of: The Impact of Participation in the Advanced Placement Program on Students' College Admissions Test Scores, The Journal of Educational Research, May 2015, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/00220671.2014.917253.
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