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What Are the Post-Secondary Advantages of Enrolling in AP Coursework in High School?

One of the clear advantages of enrolling in AP coursework while still in high school is the possibility of earning college credit with satisfactory performance on AP exams. (Click here to see how AP exam scores are applied to college coursework at area colleges and universities).

However, a recent study is the latest in a growing body of research to suggest that the benefits of enrolling in AP coursework may go beyond earning college credit on the AP exam. Ackerman, Kanfer, and Calderwood (2013) studied the college transcripts of all incoming freshman in the fall of 2009 at Georgia Tech University. Their examination of AP course-taking information coupled with first-year GPA indicates that the number of AP exams students take, along with scores of 3 or better, was correlated with a higher GPA when compared to students who had not taken any AP exams.

Image from Ackerman, Kanfer, and Calderwood (2013).

Image from Ackerman, Kanfer, and Calderwood (2013).

Similarly, high school students taking AP exams and earning scores of 3 or better also had a higher 4- and 5-year graduation rate, when compared to students who had not taken any AP exams.

Ackerman, Kanfer, & Calderwood. (2013). High school advanced placement and student performance in college: STEM majors, non-STEM majors, and gender differences. Teachers College Record. 115(10). 1-43.

AP Exam Review Slots Available

The Iowa Online Advanced Placement (APTM) Academy allows Iowa students to take APTMclasses online. The Iowa Online AP Academy is especially meant for rural schools that do not have the resources to support APTM classes. Educators can learn more here.


Only one month to go until AP exams (see AP Calendar here)! No need to fear, though, students and teachers—there are still AP Exam Review slots available.  All Iowa schools are welcome to participate.

AP Exam Review is available for the following AP courses:  Calculus AB, Statistics, Physics B, Psychology, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History, Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish.

Schools can set up users through one of two ways:

Option 1: Site coordinators can create a Classroom through their Iowa Online AP Academy account. Site coordinators may then add students to each AP Exam Review subject class they create. To add or edit a Classroom for AP Exam Review, sign in through Apex and click on the Classroom tab. The Exam Review should be the only class showing. Click on the “Add a Classroom” button on the right and follow the prompts to add the class, select the exam review content, and add students.

Option 2, must be used by schools enrolling 25 or more students: The school must send an Excel file listing all students who will enroll to Support at Apex Learning. List each student on a single line, and indicate the AP Exam Review course(s) in which the student will enroll by product code. If the student plans to enroll in multiple Exam Reviews, separate each course product code by commas. Attach your completed Excel file to an email addressed to support@apexlearning.com. Use the email subject line: IOAPA – {School Name} AP Exam Review Student List. If a school has more than 25 students to enroll, please contact the Apex Learning Support team for information on bulk registration/enrollment.

If you have questions about signing students up for AP Exam Review, you can contact Lori Hudson at lori-hudson@uiowa.edu or 319-335-6148.