Have you tried to find courses that focus on preparing you individually for an Advanced Placement (AP®) exam without compromising a biblical worldview? Not easy, right? We develop our AP®-certified (approved and certified by the U.S. College Board) courses with both standards in view. All of our AP® courses consist of two live classes per week of instruction, with a teacher certified to teach that AP® course and also committed to bringing in the biblical worldview that the AP® standard leaves out. The teachers also help each student build a plan and get ready for the test. With TPS AP® courses you can have it all: courses that are AP® certified, taught from a biblical worldview, with individual assistance and feedback for your student’s preparations.
How effective are TPS AP® courses in preparing for AP® exams? TPS average scores on each test are usually in the upper 1/3 of the national scores for each exam, and often much higher. Students who complete our certified AP® courses predominately earn 4’s and 5’s on the corresponding AP® exam, with 5 being a typical score.*
AP® courses are taught at a college level, so TPS targets these courses for strong grade 11 and 12 students. There is little-to-no advantage taking an AP® course earlier than this, and there is disadvantage in it. A student may take each AP® exam only one time (and each score becomes an unchangeable part of the student’s AP® record), and colleges generally recognize only scores of 4 or 5. So it is in the student’s best academic interest and the family’s best financial interest to take AP® courses when the student is most ready for them and can work toward a score of 4 or 5 on the exam in the spring of the same year as the course is taken.
Along the same lines, some students take AP® courses as “honors” courses for more credit on a transcript but with no plan to take the AP® exam. This is a reasonable academic option, and also encourages that AP® courses be planned for grades 11 and 12. Students taking these college-level courses too soon will not be as prepared for the academic level or workload, and can hurt their transcript more than help it by getting a lower grade in the AP® course.
*TPS has several sources for this data: We survey our students after the exams to find out their scores, and we query the College Board for the scores. Because College Board data relies on students entering the correct school code into their exam score sheets, the College Board data for TPS is incomplete and inaccurate, since home educated students tend to be given inconsistent instructions at testing sites (the College Board acknowledges the problem, and says they are seeking a better solution to support home education and on-line AP® courses). TPS also independently analyzes all of the national AP® scores and subscores (data is released by the College Board after each exam cycle) to statistically assess TPS scores and subscores on each exam.
AP® Art History
AP® Calculus AB
AP® Calculus BC
AP® Comparative Government and Politics
AP® Computer Science A (Java)
AP® English Language and Composition
AP® English Literature and Composition
AP® Environmental Science
AP® European History
AP® U.S. Government and Politics
AP® U.S. History
AP® World History
Preparation for AP® Courses
To find more details on these and related courses, please select the AP® category in our Course Catalog.
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