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Advanced Placement (AP)

What is Advanced Placement (AP)?

Advanced Placement (AP) is a nationally recognized credit-by-examination program offered by the College Board. AP exams are only available to students who have successfully completed high school AP courses. By taking an AP high school course and passing an AP exam, students have the opportunity to earn college credit at many colleges, including College of Lake County.

There are more than 30 AP exams available in various subject areas, including:

  • AP Capstone
  • English Language, Literature, and Composition
  • The Arts
  • History and Social Sciences
  • Math and Computer Science
  • Physical Sciences
  • World Languages and Culture

For more information about specific exams available, go to the College Board/AP website:

How Do I Earn College Credit with AP?

Each college/university has its own policy regarding which AP exams will be accepted for credit, as well as how much credit will be awarded for an AP exam.

CLC grants CLC course credit for AP exams only to students enrolled at CLC. Students hoping to transfer credit earned through AP to another school should check with the transfer school to determine its policy toward earning credit-by-exam. Results of AP exams may be sent to another school at which a student is enrolled for the purposes of credit recognition. Information regarding how to obtain/send official AP scores and transcripts can be found at the College Board/AP website under links for exam scores.

Which AP Exams Will CLC Accept for Credit?

The College of Lake County offers its students the opportunity to earn college credit for a variety of AP exams.

View information on specific AP exams accepted for credit at the College of Lake County.

Where Can I Take an AP Exam and How Can I Prepare?

AP Testing is available to students who successfully complete AP courses in high school, and is arranged through the high school where the AP course is taken, rather than at the College of Lake County. Registration information for AP classes and exams, as well as test preparation and study help may be found at the College Board/AP website.

Is There Anything Else I Need to Know About How CLC Handles AP Credit?

College of Lake County Board Policy states that earning credit-by-exam is:

  • Not to exceed a total of thirty (30) semester hours required toward the completion of an Associate degree
  • Not to exceed one-half (½) of the semester hours required toward completion of a certificate
  • Not to count toward satisfying fifteen (15) semester hours general residency requirement for the Associate degree

Please note:  Earning credit-by-exam through AP has no effect on a student’s grade point average (GPA) at CLC.


For additional advisement and information on earning college credit by taking AP exams, please contact one of CLC's academic division offices or the Counseling, Advising & Transfer Center.