Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are advanced placement programs?
“Advanced placement” may refer to the Advanced Placement (or AP®) program of the College Board , or to the International Baccalaureate® (or IB) program of the International Baccalaureate Organization.

2. What is AP®?
AP® are programs that allow motivated and prepared students the opportunity to pursue college-level studies (through more than 30 college-level courses) while still in high school. Students who take AP® end-of-course exams and earn a minimum score of 3 on a scale of 1-5 may earn college credit, advanced placement, or both at most colleges and universities.

3. What is IB?
The International Baccalaureate®, or IB program, currently offers three levels of curriculum programs: The Diploma Programme (high school level), Middle Years Programme (middle school) and the Primary Years Programme (elementary school). Students taking the Diploma Programme also take IB exams, for which students may also earn college credit, advanced placement, or both at many colleges and universities.

4. What is Arizona’s AP Test Fee Waiver Program?
The Arizona Department of Education has received federal grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education to continue supporting low-income students (those students eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program) in Arizona public schools to take Advanced Placement (AP®) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams (for the Diploma Programme) and Cambridge International Exams (CIE). Click here for more information about the AP Test Fee Waiver Program.

5. How can I find out what advanced placement courses, or programs, my school (or other schools in Arizona) offer?
You can identify the AP® courses a high school is currently authorized to teach by visiting the searchable AP® Course Ledger site, hosted by the College Board:

You can also locate all schools authorized to offer IB Programs through visiting this searchable site, hosted by International Baccalaureate® Organization: