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AP Tests Put NJ's Top Students on the Map - and Earn Them College Credit

AP Tests Put NJ's Top Students on the Map – and Earn Them College Credit

Last Wednesday, thousands of New Jersey high school students logged on to the College Board website to find out if they might be able to save some money and get out of college a little quicker.

The College Board released to students the results of Advanced Placement tests they took in the spring. Students who score a 3, 4, or 5 (out of 5) may be able to receive college credit for a class and not have to take it.

Last year, according to the state Department of Education, nearly 85,000 students took one or more of 37 different AP tests. Another 2,200 took one or more of 20 tests through the International Baccalaureate program, similar to the AP and offered at a dozen New Jersey high schools. For IB exams, colleges typically look for a grade of 4, 5, 6, or 7 and students usually learn their scores in early July, as well.

Statewide, nearly three-quarters of the students -- mostly 11th and 12th graders -- who took AP or IB classes last year earned a high score, according to data from the annual school report cards.

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