Students may self-study on their own in their attempt to earn college credit. About 50% of the nation's 21,265 high schools offer AP course work. In 1999, more than 704,000 students in over 12,000 schools took over one million tests. One in three students takes at least one AP course prior to graduation from an American high school. Each test costs $82 ($52 per test if student is qualified for fee reductions) to take and is administered in early May; the tests are designed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). AP Facts

Course descriptions and outlines are available at or The exams are scored on a 1 to 5 scale (5=Extremely Well-Qualified, 4=Well Qualified, 3=Qualified, 2=Possibly Qualified and 1=No Recommendation); most colleges/universities will grant credit for a 3 or above; Ivy League schools and other prestigious school like Stanford may require a 4 or above for credit. Each college/university has their own policies. There are 34 assorted advanced placement tests in 19 subject areas. There is also an Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID). Here are the subjects and tests:


AP English/English Language/English Literature/International English Language-2 sections: Section I-55 questions (1 hour)-45%; Section II-3 essays (2 hours)-55%. International English Language has 2 sections: Section I-80 questions (85 minutes)-50%; Section II-Writing (80 minutes) and Speaking (15 minutes)-50%.


Biology-2 Sections: Section I-120 questions (90 minutes)-60%; Section II-4 mandatory essays (90 minutes)-40%.

Chemistry-2 Sections: Section I-75 questions (90 minutes)-45% (no calculators); Section II-Part A-2 problems (1 required/40 minutes), Part B-5 of 8 options in one required question/1 other required question/2 of 4 other questions-(50 minutes)-55%.

Physics B: Physics C: Mechanics/Electricity & Magnetism-2 Sections: Section I-35 questions (45 minutes)-no calculators-50%; Section II-3 questions (45 minutes) with calculators-50%.

Environmental Science-2 Sections: Section I-100 questions (90 minutes)-60%; Section II-4 mandatory questions (90 minutes)-40%.


Calculus AB-2 Sections: Section I-Part A-no calculator-28 questions (55 minutes); Part B-Graphing Calculator required-17 questions (50 minutes)-50%; Section II-6 problems (90 minutes)-Graphic Calculator required-50%/Calculus BC-same format as above.

Statistics-2 Sections: Section I-35 multiple-choice questions (90 minutes)-50%; Section II-6 free-response questions (90 minutes)-50%.


Economics-Microeconomics/Macroeconomics-2 Sections: Section I-60 questions (70 minutes)-66.66%; Section II-3 required essays with a 10 minute reading period(120 minutes)-33.33%.

European History-2 Sections: Section I-80 questions (55 minutes)-50%; Section II-2 essays (115 minutes inlcudes a 15 minute reading period)-50%.

Comparative Government & Politics/U.S. Government & Politics-2 Sections: Section I-60 questions (45 minutes)-50%; Section II-4 mandatory essays (100 minutes)-50%.

Psychology-2 sections: Section I-100 questions (70 minutes)-66.66%; Section II-2 essays (50 minutes)-33.33%.

U.S. History-2 Sections: Section I-80 questions (55 minutes)-50%; Section II-2 essays after 15 minute reading period (115 minutes)-50%.

Human Geography-3 questions-60 minutes

World History-70 multiple choice questions in 55 minutes-3 essay questions-50, 40 and 40 minutes


Computer Science A/Computer Science AB (C++)-2 Sections: Section I-40 questions (75 minutes)-50%; Section II-4 questions (105 minutes)-50%. (Large Integer Case Study)


Chinese-New for 2006-2007

AP French/French Language/French Literature-2 Sections: Section I-82 questions (84 minutes)-50%; Section II-Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (15 minutes)-50% for Language portion. Literature portion-2 sections: Section I-68 questions (80 minutes)-40%; Section II-Directed Textual Analysis/1 essay (100 minutes)-60%.

German Language-2 sections: Section I-65 questions (80 minutes); Section II-Writing (50 minutes) and Speaking (20 minutes).

Italian-New for 2005-2006

Japanese-New for 2006-2007

Latin-Vergil/Literature-2 Sections: Section I-45 questions (50 minutes)-40%; Section II-15 minute reading period-4 Vergil questions or 3 of 9 Catullus questions (105 questions)-60%.

Russian-New for 2005-2006

Spanish/Spanish Language/Spanish Literature-2 Sections: Section I-90 questions (90 minutes)-50%; Section II-Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (20 minutes)-50% for Language portion. Literature portion has 65 questions in Section I (80 minutes)-45% and Section II-3 essays (100 minutes).


Art/History of Art/Studio Art-2 Sections: Section I-Part A: 4 sets of questions based upon slides (16 minutes), Part B: 86 questions (44 minutes)-40%; Section II-Part A: 4 short essays based upon slides (60 minutes), Part B: 2 essays-30 minutes each (60 minutes)-60% for history portion. For Studio Art portfolio, computer-generated art may be submitted for the general portfolio, but not the drawing portfolio. Maximum number of slides is 16 for both portfolios.

Music Theory-3 Sections: Section I-81 questions (90 minutes)-45%; Section II-6 exercises (60 minutes)-45% and Section III-2 sight-singing exercises (8 minutes per candidate)-10%.

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PLAN Test and success in an AP-Advanced Placement course: The American College Testing program did a study correlating the results of the PLAN test and success in an AP course (i.e. achieving a 3 or better on the exam). Here are the results! This is my summary:
PLAN Composite AP English Literature AP U.S. History AP Calculus
32 100% 98% 95%
31 99% 97% 94%
30 99% 96% 92%
29 98% 94% 90%
28 97% 91% 87%
27 96% 87% 84%
26 93% 82% 80%
25 89% 76% 76%
24 83% 68% 70%
23 75% 60% 64%
22 64% 50% 58%
21 51% 41% 51%
20 39% 32% 44%
19 27% 24% 38%
18 19% 18% 32%
17 12% 13% 26%
16 8% 9% 21%
15 5% 6% 17%
14 3% 4% 14%
13 2% 3% 11%
12 1% 2% 8%
11 1% 1% 7%
10 0% 1% 5%

East Lansing High School offers AP Biology, AP Physics, AP U.S. History, AP European History, AP Studio Art, AP Calculus-AB/BC, AP German, AP French, AP Spanish, AP English Literature, AP English Composition and AP Statistics; we are currently considering the addition of AP Chemistry. (others through the Michigan Virtual High School)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CLASSES FOR 2004-2005: Advanced placement class decisions have been made and posted in the Student Services office; the deadline to apply was March 19th. We offer twelve classroom advanced placement classes in European History (Mrs. Munn), United States History (Mr. Holcomb), Physics (Mr. Plough), Biology (Ms. Mueller), Calculus (Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Brandenburg), Statistics (Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Brandenburg), English Composition and Literature (Mrs. Forman and Ms. Wojtowicz), Spanish (Mrs. York), French (Mrs. Peterson) and Studio Art (Mrs. Remer-Saenz).
AP Test/Class Students Tested May, 2004 Students Enrolled Fall, 2004 Seats Period(s)
Biology 23 20 20 1st
Calculus AB 50 55 46 5th&6th
Calculus BC 32 30 23 6th
Chemistry 3 0 n/a MVHS
English Language 19 18 27 5th
English Literature 26 17 26 5th
European History 36 38 40 1st&2nd
French Language 14 16 25 3rd
German Language 2 8 10 3rd
Macroeconomics 30 0 0 n/a
Microeconomics 30 0 0 n/a
Physics B 43 65 66 4th/5th/6th
Physics C 1 0 n/a 4th/5th/6th
Psychology 1 0 n/a MVHS
Spanish Language 19 14 20 3rd
Statistics 7 61 50 2nd&5th
Studio Art 16 21 22 2nd
U.S. Gov't&Politics 5 0 n/a MVHS
U.S. History 17 19 20 1st
Sub-totals 374 382 395 all periods

Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID)

For the 2004-2005 school year, a student must achieve a 3 or higher in four AP exams within three content areas: two exams in English/Foreign Language content, one in mathematics/science content and one in social studies, arts, etc. For the 2005-2006 school year, the qualification will change to add the global perspective requirement with one additional exam in Comparative Government and Politics or World Human Geography. Students must indicate AP International Recognition on their AP answer sheets.

An example of a student who would qualify would be someone who scored a 3 or higher on AP English Literature, AP Spanish, AP Calculus AB and AP European History for the 2004-2005 school year. All these courses are taught at East Lansing High School. In the 2005-2006 school year, a student would need to add the comparative goverment or world human geography component; we do offer AP Comparative Government and Politics through the Michigan Virtual High School. In order to achieve the AIPD with Honors, a student would need to average 3.5 on all five exams, and submit an acceptable essay of 1000-1500 words on an aspect of world global awareness or intercultural understanding.

The AIPD is similar, but different from the International Baccalaureate. Here is a list of IB schools. There are no high schools in Michigan offering the IB program at present.

SAT II Subject Tests:




Level 1 (Formerly Math IC)

Level 2 (Formerly Math IIC)


Biology E/M



Social Studies:

U.S. History

World History



French/French with Listening

German/German with Listening






Spanish/Spanish with Listening

CLEP: College Level Examination Program

There are 2900 colleges or universities currently granting credits through CLEP testing. The cost per test is $55. Here are the exam descriptions:


American Literature

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

English Composition

English Literature

Freshman College Composition



College Mathematics

College Algebra

College Algebra & Trigonometry






Natural Sciences

Social Studies

Social Sciences and History

United States History I: Prior to 1877

United States History II: 1865 to present

World Civilizations: Ancient Near East to 1648

World Civilizations: 1648 to present

American Government


Educational Psychology

Human Growth & Development





French (Levels 1 & 2

German (Levels 1 & 2)

Spanish (Levels 1 & 2)


Accounting Principles

Business Law

Computer Applications and Information Systems

Management Principles

Marketing Principles

Michigan Virtual University Course Offerings

AP Calculus BC

AP Chemistry

AP Human Geography

AP Microeconomics

AP Psychology

MSU Online Dual Enrollment or Elective Courses

Introduction to Home Computing

Introductory Elementary Latin

Principles of Packaging

Introduction to the Information Society

Michigan Virtual High School Course Offerings

AP Calculus AB

AP Chemistry

AP English Language & Composition

AP English Literature & Composition

AP Statistics

AP U.S. History

AP Psychology

AP Microeconomics

AP Macroeconomics

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP Human Geography

FLEX 90 Courses

Introductory Algebra A/B

Pre-Algebra A/B

Beginning Algebra 1 & 2

Geometry 1 & 2

Math Skill Review

Pre-Calculus 1 & 2

American History 1 & 2

Introduction to Psychology

Chemistry 1 & 2

Health Science 1 & 2

Physics 1 & 2

English 9A/B

English 10 A/B

Senior Communication Skills

American Literature 1 & 2

Advanced Composition

Study Skills

Business and Personal Protocol

Beginning Composition

Reading Comprehension

World Literature

English as a Second Language

Spanish 1

Introduction to Technology

American Government



Personal Economics and Finance


Social Issues


International Business

Career Planning: Exploration and Decision Making

Traditional Courses

Algebra 1

English 1

English 2

Introduction to English Literature & Composition A/B

American Film Survey

American History

American Government

Environmental Science


Introduction to Microsoft Office

IT Basics for Business

Web Design Basics-HTML

Developing Pages for the Web

French I & II

Spanish I & II

German I & II

Latin I A/B

Latin II A/B

Virtual High School
Course List

Also, see Make-Up Credits!



Distance Education Clearinghouse

Distance Learning Resource Network




Education World

U.S. News & World Report


Maryland Virtual High School

Kentucky Virtual High School

Florida Virtual High School

Louisiana Virtual High School

Illinois Virtual High School

Idaho Virtual High School

Nevada Virtual High School

Wisconsin Virtual High School

New Mexico Virtual School

Utah Electric High School

West Virginia Virtual School

Arkansas Virtual High School

Alabama Online High School

Hawaii E-School


Another great list