AP Precalculus

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AP Precalculus Is a Different Type of AP Course

Regardless of where you begin your high school math journey, AP Precalculus is designed for every student who’s ready to take precalculus in high school. If you plan to complete Geometry and Algebra 2 (or Integrated Math 3 instead) before your senior year, you’re ready for AP Precalculus.

The Benefits of AP Precalculus

Taking precalculus in high school increases your likelihood of completing a bachelor’s degree by 155%. And, taking just one AP course in high school can improve your first-year college GPA and make you more likely to graduate in four years. When you take AP Precalculus, you'll: 

Get the Chance to Earn College Credit

Get a GPA boost and the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both, and stand out in the college application process.

Challenge Yourself

Tackle college-level coursework in a familiar high school setting and get more time with your teacher—140 hours compared to just 48 in a college precalculus course. 

Get Additional Support

Access free digital learning and practice resources, including AP Daily videos—short on-demand videos that support what you’re learning in class.

College Credit and Placement

AP Precalculus can help you stand out to colleges and gives you the opportunity to save time and money by earning college credit, advanced placement, or both.

Colleges and Universities Granting Credit 

The following is a small sample of colleges and universities that will award credit for AP Precalculus:

  • Georgia Institute of Technology 

  • Gonzaga University 

  • North Carolina State University 

  • Oregon State University 

  • Rutgers University 

  • State University of New York at Buffalo 

  • Texas State University 

  • University of Arizona 

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

  • University of Oklahoma 

  • University of Oregon 

  • University of Tampa 

  • University of Wisconsin–Madison

  • Virginia Tech 

  • Washington State University 

Beyond the Classroom

AP Precalculus not only gets you ready for college, but you’ll also build knowledge and skills you can use every day.

AP Precalculus can help you:

  • Determine how quickly you’ll reach 10,000 followers on TikTok.

  • Estimate when you can afford the newest iPhone based on previous pricing trends. 

  • Figure out how much money you’ll need to save to buy a house or car by understanding the impacts of compound interest.  

  • Set a monthly budget by predicting future costs of bills based on past bills.

See Where AP Can Take You

AP Precalculus can lead to a wide range of careers and college majors

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