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Advanced Placement FAQs

DIVE Science and Shormann Math, along with our CLEP & AP prep course, teaches all the topics required to excel on the corresponding CLEP and AP exams. In these courses, Dr. Shormann brings clarity and biblical perspective to politically correct and pseudoscientific topics such as evolutionism, population control, and climate alarmism which are prevalent in many math and science AP courses, especially AP Biology.

 

Why Take an AP Exam?

A passing score of 3 or higher on an AP exam can

  • Earn up to 8 college credits
  • Make students stand out in the admissions and scholarship selection process
  • Develop college level study skills.
  • Both CLEP and AP exams validate the home school transcript and demonstrate readiness to college admissions and scholarship committees. According to the College Board, a passing score on the AP Calculus exam is the number one indicator of college success.

 

Is an approved AP course required to take an AP exam?

No. Any student with a government issued picture ID, regardless of the course taken or curriculum used, can register and take an AP exam.  

Are DIVE Science & Shormann Math AP approved curriculum?

While there is recommended AP curriculum, there is no such thing as AP approved curriculum. To receive AP designation (approved AP class) the College Board requires the teacher (homeschool parent) of each class to submit a class syllabus with the required AP topics and sign an agreement that you will follow it exactly. The required topics of most AP courses require politically correct topics such as evolution, population control, and global warming to be taught as fact. This is not something a publisher, like DIVE, can do. 

 

Can I list the course as AP on my transcript?

The primary benefit of listing an AP course on a transcript is to raise the GPA and increase class rank. While class rank is a determining factor in college admissions for private and public school students, most colleges assign class rank for homeschool students based on their SAT or ACT scores, not their GPA. Also, most colleges now strip all GPAs to a 4 point scale. Therefore, we do not recommend seeking AP course designation. Instead, focus on preparing for the exam. The exam score is the most important factor for homeschool students. Since the AP course authorization rarely has any benefit and can extend the course unnecessarily, I recommend skipping the AP designation and focus on passing the exam. Learn more about AP Course Designation Requirements.

 

Preparing for AP Exams

AP exams are given on one day in early May. To allow sufficient preparation time, start the DIVE course no later than August 1 and complete it by mid- March. Then, complete the corresponding CLEP Professor course which provides specific preparation for the AP exam. Then, take 5-10 Practice Exams (timed) using the The College Board or other AP prep book. Another option is to spread the DIVE, CLEP Professor, and practice tests over two years (ie: Biology and Advanced Biology).

 

Students preparing for an AP Biology or Chemistry course should use the DIVE eLearning format which includes the most current instructional material for these exams. Then use the corresponding CLEP Professor course and an AP Prep book for extra practice tests.

 

AP Exam Registration

Completion of an authorized AP course is not required to take an AP exam. Any student with a government issued picture ID can take an AP exam. The following information was taken from The  College Board's website. Please visit this website for more information.

Homeschool Students

Because parents and students cannot order exams directly, the AP Program encourages schools to assist home-schooled students and students whose schools do not offer AP courses and exams. Students can arrange to test at participating schools by following the steps below (students in mainland China should contact international@collegeboard.org):

  • Contact AP Services no later than March 1 to get the names and telephone numbers of local AP Coordinators. Students should prepare a list of the exams they plan to take prior to calling so that the appropriate Coordinators can be identified.

  • Contact the Coordinators identified by AP Services no later than March 15.

 

Students should inform each Coordinator they contact that:

  • They are trying to locate a school willing to administer AP Exams to outside students. Students should note the exams they plan to take.

  • They will use the state home-school code provided by the Coordinator on the day of the exam, ensuring their exam score(s) will be reported separately from the school at which they test.

AP Exam Registration for Homeschoolers

  • Register at the school: Once a parent or student locates a school willing to administer the exam(s), that school's AP Coordinator is responsible for ordering the necessary exam materials and informing the student when and where to report for the exams. The Coordinator should make sure to record the exams the student plans to take.

  • Exam fees: Coordinators should collect and submit these students' exam fees with those of the Coordinator's school. Coordinators may negotiate a higher exam fee with these students to recover additional proctoring or administration costs.

  • Photo ID: Coordinators should remind these students to bring valid photo identification, which must be checked on exam day.

  • Exclusion from your school's score reports: Because these students will be using a different school code, their exam scores will not be included with the administering school's score reports.

  • Necessary accommodations: Any home-schooled student with documented disabilities must first be approved for testing accommodations by the College Board. The student must also notify the school that accommodations may be needed.

 

 

 

Important Note for Apologia Users

 

AP Exam Registration
Completion of an authorized AP course is not required to take an AP exam. Any student with a government issued picture ID can take an AP exam. The following information was taken from The College Board's website. Please visit this website for more information.

 

How homeschooled students can arrange for AP testing
Because parents and students cannot order exams directly, the AP Program encourages schools to assist home-schooled students and students whose schools do not offer AP courses and exams. Students can arrange to test at participating schools by following the steps below (students in mainland China should contact international@collegeboard.org):

 

  • Contact AP Services no later than March 1 to get the names and telephone numbers of local AP Coordinators. Students should prepare a list of the exams they plan to take prior to calling so that the appropriate Coordinators can be identified.
  • Contact the Coordinators identified by AP Services no later than March 15.

 

 

Students should inform each Coordinator they contact that:

- They are trying to locate a school willing to administer AP Exams to outside students. Students should note the exams they plan to take.
- They will use the state home-school code provided by the Coordinator on the day of the exam, ensuring their exam score(s) will be reported separately from the school at which they test.

 

 

AP Exam Registration for Homeschoolers
Register at the school: Once a parent or student locates a school willing to administer the exam(s), that school's AP Coordinator is responsible for ordering the necessary exam materials and informing the student when and where to report for the exams. The Coordinator should make sure to record the exams the student plans to take.

 

Exam fees: Coordinators should collect and submit these students' exam fees with those of the Coordinator's school. Coordinators may negotiate a higher exam fee with these students to recover additional proctoring or administration costs.

 

Photo ID: Coordinators should remind these students to bring valid photo identification, which must be checked on exam day.

 

Exclusion from your school's score reports: Because these students will be using a different school code, their exam scores will not be included with the administering school's score reports.

 

Necessary accommodations: Any home-schooled student with documented disabilities must first be approved for testing accommodations by the College Board. The student must also notify the school that accommodations may be needed.