What is advanced placement and how is it different from credit?

If a college or university awards you advanced placement based on your AP Exam scores, that means you might be able to skip introductory classes and go straight into higher-level classes. It might also mean that you can skip courses that the college requires students to take to fulfill general education requirements.

Advanced placement is not the same thing as receiving credit, which means you actually earn points toward your college degree. Colleges may offer both credit and placement, just credit, or just placement for successful AP scores. Visit your college’s website or talk to an admission officer to find out which kind of recognition is offered.