Choosing Your AP Courses

There are 38 AP courses in disciplines such as the arts, English, history and social science, math and computer science, the sciences, and world languages and culture. You should choose an AP course based on what subjects you’re passionate about as well as what classes you do well in.

Keep in Mind

AP is for all students–but you should be ready.

You don’t need to be top of your class to be an AP student, but you’ll want to be prepared for the AP course you choose. Some AP classes have recommended courses you should take first, and all AP courses ask that you come willing to do your best work.

Check which courses could earn you college credit.

You can use our tool to find colleges' AP credit policies. Search by course or by institution to see the college credit or advanced placement you could earn with qualifying AP Exam scores.

Explore all AP courses by discipline.

Go to the course index to explore all 38 AP courses at a glance and in depth.


Some AP classes have recommended courses you should take first—check the specific course page for that information. Your high school may also have requirements for specific AP courses. Talk to your school counselor or a teacher to find out more.

AP classes can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean you’re not up to the task. If you’re willing to work hard and if you’re prepared academically, you should be able to succeed in an AP course.

The AP Program believes that all motivated and academically prepared students should be able to enroll in AP courses. We strongly encourage all high schools to follow this principle.

Some high schools let any student enroll in an AP course as long as the student has taken the recommended prerequisite courses. Other high schools have additional rules—for example, you might have to pass a placement test to enroll in an AP course. Ask your counselor what the process is at your school.

Any course that a school labels “AP” must receive authorization through a process called the AP Course Audit, which confirms teacher and school awareness of course scope through the curricular and resource requirements. 

All authorized courses are included in the AP Course Ledger—the official list of all AP courses—so colleges and universities can verify what they see on student transcripts. 

In cases where AP Course Audit curricular and/or resource requirements of authorized courses are not fulfilled by a school, parents, students, and educators can report such omissions by completing the AP Course Investigation form. 

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