Calgary Board of Education

Advanced Placement

Through Advanced Placement, you enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school. AP courses are university-level courses offered during high school. By getting excellent grades in AP collegeboard exams, or in IB, you have the opportunity to earn equivalent credit or advanced standing in courses at some Canadian and U.S. colleges and universities. Your university instructor would evaluate which assignments you might be given credit for in his/her course, or if you might be given credit for an entire entry-level uni course.

Entrance to most universities is generally based on a high overall average of all courses, not whether or not you took AP or IB, but on the final marks in your courses. Some few, select universities might look more favorably on AP or IB completion. Check your university's website for specific information.

Here are just a few reasons to sign up:

Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons

  • Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own.
  • Study subjects which interest you in greater depth and detail.
  • Finish the AP course in early May, freeing up exploration time
  • Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing, and understanding for yourself.

Gain the Edge in University Preparation

  • Get a head start on university-level work. Check the university sites for specifics.
  • Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
  • Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.

Stand Out in the University Admissions Process

  • Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for university.
  • Show your willingness to push yourself to learn more.
  • Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.

How Do You Enroll?

Once you've decided to take the AP challenge it's easy to enroll.

QEHS Contact: Gary Perfect, Learning Leader GATE/Advanced Placement


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In the top search box, enter "Advanced Placement" or "International Baccalaureate" and follow the links to see which AP courses U of C will accept or give partial completion for.

Canadian University Recognition and Credit Information - check which universities in North America give credit for AP courses.