Advanced Placement (AP) Classes

Pave Your Way to University's Around The World

University's all over the world accept candidates from a variety of academic programs. It does not matter whether you are from North American, Europe, Asia, or anywhere else on the planet. For example, students from an American system attend university's in Europe as do European students in America. This is a very common practice. University's thrive on academics, extra curricula's, and diversity. University admissions counselors will simply tell you that they absolutely will not discriminate based on where the student went to school. Furthermore, university admissions requires that you meet the requirements within your school system no matter where you attend. If you graduate with Advanced Placement (AP) classes, International Baccalaureate (IB) or (IGCSE) A Levels program you may qualify for their university regardless of the type of diploma you posses. This means that no matter what type of schooling system you attend, each university will accept you as a candidate if you meet the criteria within your school system.

Many leading schools have the AP system, International Baccalaureate, and IGCSE's. All are a different system of grading. However, the common misconception is that a student in their teenage years must attend one or the other and graduate with a certain diploma in order to attend a university. This is not true. Our system at QSI Malta is based off of the AP (Advanced Placement) program. This program is very common in the American system. When students graduate from QSI International School of Malta, they earn their diploma and then attend university's in Europe, Asia, and North America. The benefit of our system is that almost all of our students get admitted to their university in the spring and can begin making preparations early. University admission officials state that in order to gain entrance into these university's in the Advanced Placement (AP) program, students must take a minimum of 3 Advanced Placement classes in the subject he or she would like to study with a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the end of the year Advanced Placement exam. Once a student meets those requirements, they are eligible to attend university's all over the world and they do. 

Advanced Placement is a program in the United States and Canada, created by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. If the course is approved, the school may use the AP designation and the course will be publicly listed on the AP Course Ledger.


AP tests are scored on a 1 to 5 scale as follows:

  • 5 – Extremely well qualified
  • 4 – Well qualified
  • 3 – Qualified
  • 2 – Possibly qualified
  • 1 – No recommendation

Grading AP exams is a long and complicated process. The multiple choice component of the exam is scored by computer, while the free response and essay portions are scored by trained Readers at the AP Reading each June. The scores on various components are weighted and combined into a raw Composite Score. The Chief Reader for each exam then decides on the grade cutoffs for that year's exam, which determine how the Composite Scores are converted into the final grades. During the process a number of reviews and statistical analyses are performed to ensure that the grading is reliable. The overall goal is for the grades to reflect an absolute scale of performance which can be compared from year to year.

Some colleges use AP test scores to exempt students from introductory coursework, others use them to place students in higher designated courses, and some do both. Each college's policy is different (see link below), but most require a minimum score of 4 or 3 to receive college credit. Typically this appears as a "CR" grade on the college transcript, although some colleges and universities will award an A grade for a 5 score. Some countries, such as Germany, that do not offer general admission to their universities and colleges for holders of an American high school diploma without lengthy preparatory courses will directly admit students who have completed a specific set of AP tests, depending on the subject they wish to study there.

In addition, completing AP courses help students qualify for various types of scholarships. According to the College Board, 31 percent of colleges and universities look at AP experience when making scholarship decisions.

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