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Maintaining quality and excellence has been the cornerstone of the AP Program since its inception and remains paramount to its continued success. The initiative, participation, and guidance of colleges and universities ensure that the program continues to raise the bar for educational excellence.

The AP Course Audit process means that admissions officers and college faculty can be assured of the rigor of the courses that carry the AP label on student transcripts.

The Course Audit Process

All schools wishing to label a course “AP” must submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course.

The course and exam development committee, made up of higher education faculty members and AP teachers, defines the requirements for the syllabus. Syllabi are reviewed by college faculty for adherence to the development committee’s standards.

More than 150,000 AP teachers in more than 16,000 schools have completed the rigorous review process conducted by college and university faculty on behalf of College Board.

The AP Course Ledger

AP courses that pass the AP Course Audit are added to the online AP Course Ledger, which can be used by enrollment managers for verification of student transcripts and targeted student recruitment. The AP Course Ledger:

  • Gives colleges and universities free access to a searchable database of more than 150,000 authorized AP courses in approximately 15,000 secondary schools worldwide.
  • Helps admissions offices develop richly informed school and student profiles throughout the outreach, recruitment, and selection processes.

By searching for secondary schools with specialized content areas, admissions officers can engage in targeted student recruitment, and college faculty can implement AP teacher outreach and mentoring programs. With access to this rich AP Course Audit database, admissions officers and faculty can take the steps to work in collaboration with high schools to ensure that even more students are better prepared for college-level work.

Note: Institutions that wish to download the entire AP Course Audit database need to request data access from College Board.