About the Test: How the Test is Scored

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AP test scores range from 5 (highest) to 1 (lowest). Depending upon your school, either 2 or 3 is the cut-off for college credit. AP tests are graded on a curve, so there is no way to determine exactly how many points you need for a 5, for a 4, for a 3, etc. In general, the grade curve on an AP test is not as high as on a regular test (rather than needing 90%-100% for a 5, you might need only 75% or above). On many AP tests, you may need only 50% correct to get a passing grade of 3. You can see some sample scoring from past years here.

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