Advanced Placement can change your life. Through college-level AP courses, you enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school; through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at many of the nation's colleges and universities.

    Important Facts to Know First Before Enrolling in an AP Course:

    • AP courses are year-long courses and dropping at semester time is only done in extreme circumstances.
    • The WLWV district expectation is that all students in an AP course will take the exam in May.
    • Most AP courses will have summer work and/or reading.

    Gain the Edge in College Preparation
    • Get a head start on college-level work.
    • Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
    • Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.

    Stand Out in the College Admissions Process
    • Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.
    • Show your willingness to push yourself to the limit.
    • Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.

    Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons
    • Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own.
    • Study subjects in greater depth and detail.
    • Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing, and understanding for yourself.


    1. What are AP courses?
    Advanced Placement high school courses are comparable to freshman introductory college courses.
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    2. What AP courses are offered at WLHS?
    West Linn High School offers 23 AP courses in a variety of subjects: Biology, Calculus AB/BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature, English Language, Environmental Science, European History, French, Government/Politics, Human Geography, Japanese, Micro/Macro Economics, Music Theory, Physics  1 & 2, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, US History.
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    3. What are the advantages of taking an AP course?
    All AP classes are full year courses  that cover material of an introductory college semester course allowing more opportunity for understanding concepts in greater depth and detail. The courses prepare students for college academics and may lead to college credit, advanced placement or both. Course credits granted for scores on AP exams vary from college to college, so students should contact the college websites for the AP credit policies at each school they are considering. AP courses at WLHS are weighted on a 5-point scale.

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    4. Do I receive college credit if I take the AP course?
     Course credits granted for scores on AP exams are accepted at most colleges and universities in the US, plus 60 colleges/universities abroad, so students should contact the college for the AP credit policies at each school they are considering.
    5. Are AP courses weighted?
     AP courses at West Linn High School are weighted on a 5-point scale.

     6. What is the AP course workload?
     Expect two hours of homework each night or 10 hours per week per AP class.  Students need to carefully consider their entire schedule, co-curricular activities, athletics, and outside of school activities when considering enrolling in AP courses. We recommend no more than 2-3 AP courses per year for most students.  AP courses are year-long courses; only in extreme circumstances will a student be allowed to drop an AP course after the first semester.
      7. How many AP classes may I take?
     We recommend no more than two to three AP courses per year for most students. When deciding how many AP classes a student can comfortably handle, keep in mind extracurricular commitments to sports, performing arts, and work, along with the 10 hours of homework per week and per course.
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      8. If I take an AP class, do I have to take the exam?
    Participation in the AP Exam administration in May is required as part of the AP designation at West Linn High School. Scores earned on an AP exam are not included as part of the final grade in the AP course, although the exam is a requirement for the AP weighted grade and designation on your transcript.  Students are responsible to pay the $68.00 AP exam fee and it is charged to the student’s account for each class with the exception of Economics. A fee of $136.00 is assessed for two exams, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

     9. When are the AP exams?
    An exam schedule is provided by The College Board with different exams given during morning and afternoon sessions over a two-week period in May. Here is the link to the AP calendar:

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     10. How do I register for the exam?
    A student is registered for the exam when they are enrolled in an AP class at West Linn High School.

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     11. How do I pay for the exam? 
    Student accounts will be charged a fee of $68.00 for each exam. The exception to this is Economics. A fee of $136.00 will be assessed for two exams, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. 
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     12. Can I take an AP exam if I’m not enrolled in the class?
    AP exams may be taken without taking the course. If a student plans on taking an AP exam for a course they are not enrolled in at West Linn High School, email WLHS AP Coordinator, Laura Kent   before March 1st.

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     13. Can I take the AP exam for courses not offered at WLHS?
    Yes. Contact the AP Coordinator,Laura Kent  , before March 1st.  Exams may be taken without taking the course. If a student plans on taking an exam for a course they are not enrolled in or is not offered at West Linn High School, please contact Laura Kent before March 1.  

     14. How long are the AP exams?
    The total time for administration of the exams varies from 3 to 4.5 hours. The student arrival time for the morning exams is 7:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. for afternoon exams. Students may not be dismissed until an exam has officially ended. Afternoon exams end between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. If a student plays a sport or has a job, it is his/her responsibility to inform their coach or employer of the AP obligation and arrangements should be made accordingly.

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     15. Where can I find out more about AP courses and tests?
    Read the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents given to students in their AP Class or visit the College Board Website: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html or contact your counselor.
     16. How do I enroll in an AP course? 
    Students should consult with the teacher.  Each department has developed a process for enrolling and/or applying to be in an AP course.  Teacher recommendation and prerequisites are also part of the process.