One of every parent’s biggest worries is how to pay for college. Tuition fees are skyrocketing every year, it seems, and even in-state tuition for New York public colleges can seem prohibitively expensive, especially in the difficult economic state the New York area finds itself in today. When colleges charge by the credit, one great way to save a bit of money is to take as many AP exams as possible during the high school experience. AP exam tutoring can save you money by helping you or your child achieve a grade that will allow for college credit.

Started in 1955, the AP or Advanced Placement program allows talented high school students to get a head-start on college by taking introductory college-level courses in late high school. If AP students score high enough on the AP exam, administered at the end of the semester, they can obtain college level credit for their high school coursework. The AP exams are graded on a score of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. While some schools only accept scores of 5 for college credit, many if not most schools accept 4s as well or even 3s in some cases. AP Exams also serve as a sort of placement exam in many universities, especially for language programs. The tests can be difficult – in some cases, extraordinarily so – and a proper course of AP exam tutoring can make the difference between a 3 and a 4, which can result in literally thousands of dollars of savings. Some students with a number of AP credits even graduate a full semester or year early, saving enormous amounts of money that can then be saved for a rainy day.

Currently, the College Board offers 34 AP courses, each of which is eligible for credit at almost all American universities. The courses are divided into five general areas (Arts, English, History/Social Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Sciences, and World Languages/Cultures). The course topics are as follows:

  • Arts
  • AP Art History
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Studio Art 2-D Design
  • AP Studio Art 3-D Design
  • AP Studio Art Drawing
  • English
  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP English Literature & Composition
  • History & Social Sciences
  • AP Comparative Government & Politics
  • AP European History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP United States Government & Politics
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History
  • Mathematics & Computer Science
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Statistics
  • Sciences
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • World Languages & Cultures
  • AP Chinese Language and Culture
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP German Language and Culture
  • AP Italian Language and Culture
  • AP Japanese Language and Culture
  • AP Latin
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture

The exams are challenging, but by no means impossible – the majority of students who take them get at least a 3. Even if you or your child’s school doesn’t offer an AP program, you can still take the test. Especially with a course of AP exam tutoring from Ascent Tutors, you stand a very good chance of achieving a grade sufficient for college credit. So if you’re ready to get a leg up on your future, call Ascent Tutors today and we’ll find you an AP exam tutor in the New York area.