The Advanced Placement (AP®) Program, sponsored by the College Board and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), offers secondary school students the opportunity to participate in challenging college-level course work while still in high school. Students can receive credit, advanced placement, or both from over 2,800 colleges and universities that participate in the AP Program. Thirty-eight AP courses and their corresponding examinations, developed by national development committees of college professors and secondary school teachers in each discipline, are prepared annually.
Fenwick administered examinations in twenty-five subject areas in the 2016–2017 school year. The average AP exam consists of a multiple-choice and a free-response section. Most exams are three hours long and cover two semesters of college-level work; those that test one semester of work are generally two hours long. Grade reports are sent to the candidates, their schools and the colleges and universities they designate. AP grades provide these institutions with the opportunity to evaluate and acknowledge candidate achievement by awarding college course credit and/or advanced placement.
The AP program is the most widely recognized program for granting college credit with over 2,800 colleges acknowledging the program.