Ottawa Township High School
Advanced Placement Information
Prepared by: Mrs. Swords, Room 203
815-433-1323, 2400, kswords@ottawahigh.com


What are the Benefits of Advanced Placement?
  • Get a head start on exactly the sort of work you will confront in college.
  • Improve writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
  • Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous coursework.
  • Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.
  • Ease the financial burden of college.
  • Stand out in the college admissions process.
  • Receive Advanced Placement scholar awards.
Exam Fees
The cost of each AP exam is $84.  Students may put down $15 per exam or pay in full.  This fee is paid to the AP Coordinator prior to ordering and taking the exam(s). (Make checks out to OTHS)  If you do not take the exam you ordered, the $15 will not be refunded in order to pay for that exam.  Fee waivers are available at a reduced test fee of $53.  The deadline to order exams is Friday, March 10, 2017.

When are AP Exams Given?
AP exams are administered to students at OTHS every May.  This year’s schedule begins, Monday, May 1st and ends on Friday, May 12th 2017.  Each exam lasts approximately 3 hours.  Please see the handout or booklet for the specific schedule.

AP Scoring Explanation
5 = Extremely Well Qualified
4 = Well Qualified – comparable to a college grade of β€œA”
3 = Qualified – comparable to a college grade of β€œB”
2 = Possibly Qualified – comparable to a college grade of β€œC”
1 = No Recommendation

The purpose of the AP grading scale is to allow participating colleges and universities to award college credit, advanced placement and/or both.

In general, an AP grade of 3 or higher indicates sufficient mastery of the course content to allow exemption from a college course comparable to AP placement policies determined by the college.  Some states have passed laws that universities must accept an AP grade of 3.  

It is highly recommended that students interested in taking an AP exam notify the college or colleges of choice and discuss their AP policies prior to taking the exam.  All colleges have their own individual policies.  You may also see Mrs. Swords.

For More Information:
You may find more information regarding the Advanced Placement process at www.collegeboard.com