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Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

The Advanced Placement Program is designed to provide motivated high school students with post-secondary-level academic courses. This rigorous academic program offers students a head start in successfully navigating academic challenges they will encounter at post-secondary schools. Based on their performance on AP examinations, students can earn credit, advanced placement, or both, for university and college courses. Students' achievements in AP courses are celebrated with course credit, College Board awards, and scholarships from most universities including the University of Alberta.

NOTE: The universities will award transfer credit to students who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) courses with a grade of 4 or higher. This is dependent on the university.  For more information please view the websites:

University of Alberta Advanced Placement Transfer Credits

Grant MacEwan University Advanced Placement Transfer Credits

The AP program provides:

  • A selection of academic courses at the post-secondary level taken in high school.
  • A focused learning environment
  • Academic skill development in writing, research, problem solving, independent thinking, critical thinking and responsible scholarship
  • Increased confidence and readiness for post-secondary studies
  • Active, high-level learning that allows students to develop the skills, habits of mind, and concepts needed to succeed in post-secondary institutions
  • The opportunity to take courses in specific areas of student interest and ability
  • Credit for many university and college first year courses
  • The chance to challenge AP exams in languages other than English to receive advanced placement and admission grades for university and college

AP Students are:

  • Motivated to learn in a challenging academic setting
  • Eager to engage in independent research
  • Willing to challenge their thinking
  • Inclined to look at the world through a global perspective
  • Aspiring to academic excellence
  • Prepared to engage in deep and detailed study of specific subjects

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