Page ContentThe College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a nationwide program consisting of more than 30 college-level courses and exams offered at participating high schools. Subjects range from art to statistics. Students who earn a qualifying grade of three or above on an AP exam can earn college credit, or AP credit, or both, depending on the college or university. Students in Florida' s public secondary schools enrolled in AP courses do not have to pay to take the exams. AP can change your life. Through college-level AP courses, you enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school; through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities. Contacting your guidance counselor and subject area teachers when considering AP courses is always a good idea. Middle school students should take the most challenging academic course available to prepare for high school AP course work. Ninth and tenth grade students should also take challenging course work, making sure that they have completed prerequisite courses necessary for entrance into school-based AP programs. Successful completion of AP courses during the junior and senior years of high school begins with appropriate planning in middle school.