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My DS (in OH) has been studying several subjects this year with the intent of taking the AP exams for the subjects in May. We didn't get a syllabus approved by the College Board, but have followed the syllabus of several of the courses that are given as examples on the College Board web site. In researching AP related info on the Forums the consensus seems to be no approved syllabus = no AP designation. However in looking at the Ohio Department of Education documents on the ODE website I found repeated reference to allowing designation of AP on a transcript if the AP exam was taken and the student received a score 3,4, or 5. These documents were in reference to a credit flexibility option (testing out). Has anyone had experience with this - the College Board allowing AP designation based on the exam scores? 

 

Thanks in advance for any insight you might have on this.

 

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"The College Board will allow the AP subject area to be listed on the transcript if a student in Ohio meets either of two conditions: a) takes an authorized AP course; b) scores 3 or better on the associated AP Exam.  from document   https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/School-Choice/Credit-Flexibility-Plan/Credit-Flexibility-Guidance-Documents/Advanced-Placement-Exams.pdf.aspx

 

"We just received some guidance yesterday from the College Board on that point. If you use the AP test as a test-out instrument, it must be given in May when all the other AP tests are given. If students score a three or higher on that test, then they’re eligible to receive that AP credit."  http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/School-Choice/Credit-Flexibility-Plan/Credit-Flexibility-Web-Conference-Series/Audio-Transcript_08_17_10.pdf.aspx

 

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No idea- but why don't you save yourself the headache and list the course as "X subject with AP exam" and list the AP score along with other test scores?

That way it is absolutely clear what you did. I can't fathom colleges caring about the AP designation for the course - they just care about the score, and a good score is enough proof that the material has been mastered.

 

(Now, if they score a 1 or 2, I'd be embarrassed to even mention that the class was supposed to be AP and leave that off altogether)

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"The College Board will allow the AP subject area to be listed on the transcript if a student in Ohio meets either of two conditions: a) takes an authorized AP course; b) scores 3 or better on the associated AP Exam.  from document   https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/School-Choice/Credit-Flexibility-Plan/Credit-Flexibility-Guidance-Documents/Advanced-Placement-Exams.pdf.aspx

 

If you wish to have AP in the title of a course on the transcript you must:

1. have your syllabus pre-approved (OR take an AP designated course with a provider who has an approved syllabus)

2. list the course with the specific official AP course title (i.e., NOT just add "AP" to your own course title)

 

From College Board:

 

"All schools wishing to label a course “AP†must submit the subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course." — http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/

 

"… the AP Course Audit is only required for schools desiring to use the "AP" designation on students' transcripts… The AP designation may only be applied to courses offered at or above the 9th grade level which have received authorization through the annual AP Course Audit process." â€” http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/faq.html

 

"Authorization to use the "AP" designation for your course indicates College Board permission to use the designation on students' transcripts, in your school’s course catalog, and/or on your school's website… the "AP" designation can only be used in association with the official AP course titles." â€” http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/faq.html


 

My guess is that your OH info is referring to this, also in the FAQ from College Board:

 

"Can we affix the "AP" designation to our own title for the course when we list that course?… No, the "AP" designation can only be used in association with the official AP course titles. But you can continue to use your current course title and then insert the official AP course title in brackets either before or after your own course title.

 

Examples of acceptable and unacceptable course titles:
OK: AP European History
OK: Western Civilization [AP European History]
OK: [AP European History] Western Civilization
NOT OK: AP Western Civilization"

 

 

YES this policy applies to homeschoolers, too:


"If you are a home school educator wishing to label your courses "AP," you can create an account on the AP Course Audit homepage at www.collegeboard.org/apcourseaudit by clicking the "Create Account Now" link, then selecting “Home School Providerâ€. Once you have created an account, you will be able to submit your Course Audit materials. If you do not have an account and would like to contact us, please use the "Contact Us" link on the Course Audit homepage or call 877-APHELP-0." â€” http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/faq.html

 

If you do not have an approved syllabus, or you did not complete an AP course through a provider who has undergone the audit,  then do NOT call it an AP course. Instead, do as regentrude suggests for the transcript:  "X subject, with AP exam".

 

 

"We just received some guidance yesterday from the College Board on that point. If you use the AP test as a test-out instrument, it must be given in May when all the other AP tests are given. If students score a three or higher on that test, then they’re eligible to receive that AP credit."  http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/School-Choice/Credit-Flexibility-Plan/Credit-Flexibility-Web-Conference-Series/Audio-Transcript_08_17_10.pdf.aspx

 

This looks to be info specifically for OH educators that students must take the official May AP tests and receive a score of 3, 4, or 5, in order to earn college credit from the AP test (i.e., "test out of" taking the college course when in college).

 

Note: for ALL students taking AP tests, it is up to the individual universities whether or not they will grant credit, and how much. College Board AP is just confirming here that the official AP tests in May are the only *valid* tests, and that a minimum must be scored before universities will consider granting credit (i.e., allow the student to "test out"), IF the university policy is to grant credit.

 

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