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  1. Preparing For College A presentation offered to share the importance of enrolling in rigorous Pre-AP and AP courses in grades 9-12. Learn how course selection will benefit students wishing to earn a college degree. AP Strategies, Inc.

  2. What Counts in College AdmissionsPercentage of Admission Officials Citing Criteria in “State of College Admission Report,” NACAC 2007 as “Considerable Importance” • Each factor was rated on a 4-point scale: • Considerable Importance • Moderate Importance • Limited Importance • No Importance • Each factor was rated on a 4-point scale: • Considerable Importance • Moderate Importance • Limited Importance • No Importance AP Strategies, Inc. 2 Source: National Association of College Admissions Counselors, 2007 State of College Admission Survey

  3. AP Courses and Class Rank- Too much focus on rank not rigor! In June 1999, the U.S. Department of Education released a study by Clifford Adelmen showing that by the time students enter college, the type of courses they took in high school is more important than test scores, class rank, or grade averages.Adelmen found that students participating in AP courses were significantly more likely to attain a college degree than those without an AP experience. AP Strategies, Inc.

  4. College Instructors Expect Students To Be Prepared To: • Draw Inferences • Interpret Results • Analyze Conflicting Source Documents • Support Arguments With Evidence • Solve Complex Problems With No Obvious Answer • Draw Conclusions • Offer Explanations • Conduct Research • Think Deeply AP Strategies, Inc.

  5. The College Board® Advanced Placement Program • A cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. • Committed to educational excellence and educational equity. • Composed of more than 35 rigorous courses. • An AP course syllabus must be submitted by all AP teachers on every high school campus and approved by College Board through an audit system each year before the course is allowed to be titled “AP” Advanced Placement in the school’s course description and on the student’s transcript. • AP exams are standardized exams administered worldwide in May each year. • An extensive system of teacher professional development. AP Strategies, Inc.

  6. Science AcademyPre-AP Courses • English I and II • Geometry • Algebra II • Pre Calculus • World History • Computer Science • Biology • Chemistry • Physics • Art I • Environmental Systems AP Strategies, Inc.

  7. Science AcademyAP Courses 2011-2012 • English Language • English Literature • Calculus AB & BC • Statistics • Biology • Environmental Science • Chemistry • Physics • Spanish Language • Spanish Literature • U.S. History • U.S. Government • Economics • Computer Science • Studio Art • Studio Art 2D • Psychology AP Strategies, Inc.

  8. 70% 61% 60% 50% 45% 40% No AP One AP 29% 30% Two AP 20% 10% 0% Percentage AP Courses/Exams and College Success Students who take AP courses and exams are more likely than their peers to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years or less. AP Strategies, Inc.

  9. AP Exams • For each AP course you take in high school (typically your junior and/or senior year), an AP Exam is administered in May at participating high schools worldwide. • Each AP Exam is given an overall grade of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, (5 is the top score). • Colleges and universities set their own score for credit or advanced placement in each course, however, a score of 3, 4, or 5 typically indicates a student who is qualified to receive college credit and/or advanced placement. AP Strategies, Inc.

  10. AP Examination Grades • 5-Extremely Well Qualified- • Statistically equates to high A’s in the comparable college course • 4-Well Qualified • Statistically equates to low A’s and high B’s in the comparable college course • 3-Qualified • Statistically equates to low B’s and high C’s in the comparable college course • 2-Possibly qualified • Statistically equates to low C’s and high D’s in the comparable college course • 1-No Recommendation AP Strategies, Inc.

  11. College Board Resources Search for College and University AP Exam Score Credit Information throughout the U.S. • http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp AP Strategies, Inc.

  12. Texas A&M @ College Station Course Min. Score Credit • English, Language 3,4 3,6 • English, Literature 3,4 3,6 • Calculus AB 4 4 • Calculus BC 3,4 4,8 • Statistics 3 3 • Biology 4 8 • Chemistry 3,4 4,8 • Physics B 3 8 • History, U.S. 4 6 • History, World 4 3 • U.S. Govt. & Politics 3 3 • Macroeconomics 4 3 • Macroeconomics 4 3 AP Strategies, Inc.

  13. University of North Texas Course Min. Score Credit • English, Language 4 3 • English, Literature 4 3 • Calculus AB 3 4 • Calculus BC 3 7 • Biology 3 6 • Chemistry 4 4 • Physics B 4 8 • History, U.S. 3 6 AP Strategies, Inc.

  14. Stephen F. Austin State University Course Min. Score Credit • English, Language 3 3 • English, Literature 4 6 • Calculus AB 3 4 • Calculus BC 4 8 • Statistics 4 3 • Biology 4 4 • Chemistry 3 4 • Physics B 3 8 • History, U.S. 4 6 • History, World 4 6 • U.S. Govt. & Politics 3 3 • Macroeconomics 4 3 • Microeconomics 4 3 AP Strategies, Inc.

  15. Southern Methodist University Course Min. Score Credit • English, Language 4,5 3,6 • English, Literature 4,5 3,6 • Calculus AB 4 3 • Calculus BC 4,5 3,6 • Statistics 4 3 • Biology 4 8 • Chemistry 4 8 • Physics C 4 3 • Government, U.S. 4 3 • History, U.S. 4 6 • Macroeconomics 4 3 • Microeconomics 4 3 • Art History 4 6 AP Strategies, Inc.

  16. Abilene Christian University Course Min. Score Credit • English, Language 4 3 • English, Literature 4 6 • Calculus AB 3 3 • Calculus BC 4 6 • Biology 3,4,5 3,4,8 • Chemistry 3,4,5 4,4,8 • Physics B 4 3 • History, U.S. 4 6 • History, European 4 6 • Studio Art 5 3 AP Strategies, Inc.

  17. Baylor University Course Min. Score Credit • English, Language 4 3 • English, Literature 4 3 • Calculus AB 3 3 • Calculus BC 3 3 • Biology 4 3 • Chemistry 3 8 • Physics B 4 4 • History, U.S. 4 6 • European History 4 6 • World History 4 6 • Art History 4 3 AP Strategies, Inc.

  18. Typical Cost -Texas Public University Example: University of Texas- Austin • In-state tuition and fees: $4,239 • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $14,114 • Room and board: $7,311   • Books and supplies: $750 • Estimated personal expenses: $1,954 • Transportation expense:$748 • Cost per credit hour (in-state):$92 = $300 per course • Cost per credit hour (out-of-state): $328 AP Strategies, Inc.

  19. Typical Cost- Private UniversityExample: Southern Methodist University • In-state tuition and fees: $28,630 • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $28,630 • Room and board: $9,695   • Books and supplies: $750 • Estimated personal expenses: $1,900 • Transportation expense: $842  • Cost per credit hour (in-state): $1,193 = $3,579 per course • Cost per credit hour (out-of-state): same AP Strategies, Inc.

  20. The Benefits of AP for Students: • Rigorous courses are the most important factor in admissions decision. • Prepare for success in college by taking college-level courses while still in high school • Explore advanced topics—study in greater depth • Develop advanced skills-form disciplined study habits • Build confidence in capability to succeed in college • Opportunity to earn awards, scholarships, and improve chances of college admission • Opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement • Possible tuition $$$ savings • Flexibility in college course choice • Early entry to graduate/professional schools AP Strategies, Inc.

  21. AP and College Success • Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years or less. • Source: Camara, Wayne. (2003). College Persistence, Graduation, and Remediation. College Board Research Notes (RN-19). New York, NY: College Board. • The impact of this curriculum on college completion rates is especially pronounced for African-American and Latino students. • Source: Adelman, Clifford. Answers in the Tool Box. U.S. Department of Education (1999). • 85% of AP students continue their education beyond high school. • Source: Adelman, Clifford. Answers in the Tool Box. U.S. Department of Education (1999). • AP students who receive college credit or advanced placement into higher level college courses perform better than the non-AP students who actually took the introductory college courses first, so most of the nation’s colleges and universities provide credit/placement for qualifying AP exam grades. • Source: Morgan, Rich and Len Ramist. “Advanced Placement Students in College: An Investigation of Course Grades at 21 Colleges.” Educational Testing Service (1998). AP Strategies, Inc.

  22. AP College Success Cont. • “One of the best standard predictors of academic success at Harvard is performance on Advanced Placement Examinations. • Source: Bill Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid Harvard University AP Strategies, Inc.

  23. SOURCES • www.apstrategies.org • www.collegeboard.com • www.nacac.com/reseach.html • www.tea.state.tx.us/gted/ibcc.pdf • www.ncaaclearinghouse.net • www.collegefortexan.com • www.applytexas.org • *AP, Pre-AP, SAT, CLEP, Advanced Placement Program, and Vertical Teams are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board. • *ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. AP Strategies, Inc.

  24. AP Testing Expectations • No cell phones in your possession, phones must be turned OFF and given to proctor • No portable/handheld electronic devices • No mechanical pencils, books, notes, highlighters, dictionaries or correction fluid • No watches that beep or have an alarm • No food or drink in testing room • No clothing with subject-related information Follow ALL testing procedures and rules in AP Guide Miriam Hidalgo & Rosario Lozano AP Coordinators