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Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program offering college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. There are currently 38 AP courses offered, including calculus, chemistry, history, psychology, and Spanish.

Advanced Placement tests are administered near the conclusion of the semester. 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

Students who score a 3, 4, or 5 receive college credit in addition to high school credit for the class. Students who score a 1 or 2 do not receive college credit but may still receive high school credit depending on the letter grade received in the AP course.

New Mexico, in partnership with the College Board, is working to expand access to AP for students across New Mexico. In many instances, students are prepared and well qualified for AP coursework, but are unable to take an AP course because they are not offered at the high school. The partnership seeks to expand access to AP by preparing more teachers for the AP curriculum in their subject area. Also, maintaining partnership with the IDEAL-New Mexico online learning platform for AP course offerings expands access and creates opportunities for more students.

The links on this site provide detailed information on New Mexico Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement nationwide. We encourage you to browse the links and find out more about how Advanced Placement participation drives student success.

Ensuring students are prepared for the challenges of college and the workplace after high school graduation remains critical to the future of New Mexico's prosperity. Advanced Placement coursework, in its rigor and challenge, strongly contributes to academic excellence; the primary mission of both the New Mexico Higher Education and Public Education departments.


AP Symposium AP & CTE Presentation
Advanced Placement Courses with IDEAL-NM

  Are Advanced Placement courses eligible for Dual Credit?

No. Although Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Credit courses are both advanced curricular options for high school students, AP and Dual Credit courses are mutually exclusive.

The College Board has strict guidelines on AP course offerings and annually certifies high school teachers to teach AP courses. AP courses are high school courses that may be eligible for college credit if and when the high school student takes an AP exam and obtains a score of at least three (out of five). Furthermore, each student must formally send AP scores to the college/university they are interested in; the college/university then determines if the student will receive college credit. Some institutions require scores of four or five to be accepted for credit. AP courses are offered over the length of the school year. Dual credit courses are college courses offered by a postsecondary institution. Whether the student receives college credit for the course is contingent on a passing grade. Dual credit courses are offered over the course of semesters or trimesters.
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