What are AP courses?
Advanced Placement (AP) courses give students a chance to try college-level work in high school and gain valuable study habits. Talk to an AP teacher or the AP coordinator at your school about any course you want to take. Discuss the course’s workload and any preparation you might need.
If you are a home-schooled student or attend a school that doesn’t offer AP, you can still participate. Each year hundreds of students participate through independent study. The College Board’s AP student site
offers numerous resources, including current information on AP courses and exams and a section on exam preparation.
AP Credit at Kirkwood
- Course credit earned through AP exams will count toward graduation as though you had passed the course. It does not count toward the resident credit requirement. After you have completed 12 credit hours of Kirkwood coursework, the AP credit will be recorded on your transcript.
- AP credit is only awarded to enrolled students and will be awarded based on the college policy in effect at that time.
- AP credit is awarded as “credit by exam.” Kirkwood awards a maximum of 18 credits by exam per student. Students with more than 18 credits by exam from CLEP, AP, alternative credit and departmental test-out exams must meet with their advisor to select which 18 credits will be awarded.
- AP credit appears on the transcript with a letter grade of T.
Consult the course equivalency chart
to determine how Kirkwood awards AP credit in specific subject areas.
To Take the Exam
Students must first purchase the exam by going to the collegboard.org
To receive credit, be sure to specify that the AP Score Report be sent to the Associate Registrar at Kirkwood Community College. Kirkwood’s Institution Code for the College Board is 6027.
Some colleges and universities place limits on the number of exam credits that they will accept from a transferring student; these limits may include the number of AP credits. If you intend to transfer AP credits, consult the college or university to which you wish to transfer about their policies concerning credit by examination. Kirkwood cannot and does not assume responsibility for the transferability of AP credit to other colleges and universities.