AP FAQs

Q:How much credit do I receive by taking an AP course compared to a college-prep course?

A: Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, students taking an AP course receive an extra point to their grade. For example, if a student gets a C in an AP course, it would be like getting a B in a college-prep course.

Q: Do I need to take the AP exam at the conclusion of the course?

A: Although it is not mandatory, it is highly recommended for the student to take the AP exam in May. Colleges typically look for students to take the exam if they enrolled in the course.

Q: Can I drop an AP course?

A: The beginning of a course is always the most challenging and stressful, but after conversations with the instructor and the use of additional support services, students typically get more comfortable and continue on with the course. The expectation is for the student, parents, teacher, and counselor to discuss the best course of action for that particular student and their case-by-case situation.

Q: How much college credit can my student get by taking the AP exam?

A: This is depends on the college, the score, and the exam. You can go to the College Board and check out what universities accept for each exam.

Q: Where can parents and students go to gain more information about our program?

A: Joliet West will be offering an AP Parent Night on April 27th in the Auditorium at 6:30pm. Teachers will be available to answer questions as well as counselors and current students. It is encouraged to bring your student along that evening.

Q: Where can my student obtain support throughout the year if he/she is struggling in an honors/AP course?

A: There are many options for students to receive help in their courses. The first person they should contact right away is their instructor to ask for assistance. In addition, National Honor Society offers after school tutoring in the Media Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. Lastly, there will be a new resource room that students can utilize during their Advisory time to get the necessary assistance they need and to prepare for the AP exam.