AP Courses are becoming more and more common on the schedules of high school students for multiple reasons. They’re a great way to prep for the coursework you’ll be facing in college, sure, but they also offer the opportunity to start your first year of undergrad with some prerequisites already out of the way. (It’s basically a head start.) A question I get quite regularly is, “What is an acceptable AP score?” Well, the answer — as with much of the college application process — really comes down to one person: you.

Here’s a breakdown of how AP scoring works, how it can benefit you in gaining college credit and why you should consider taking AP courses outside of that.

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