Advanced Placement Courses and Exams

Learn more about how to earn college credit by taking an Advanced Placement (AP) exam

The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides rigorous academic coursework in the major subject fields, with course content designed at the college level. Courses are offered in English, social studies, science, world languages, math, and fine arts. AP courses are open to any student who is interested in academic rigor. AP courses are recognized for college credit by many universities.

Students earn high school credit towards graduation requirements by passing the AP course. Students may also earn college credit by taking the AP exam and earning a specific score that is determined by each individual college. All FCPS students are expected to take the AP exam for any AP course they are enrolled in.

The AP exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Each college sets a required score to transfer AP credits, which is generally a 4 or a 5, but may also include a lower score. The information below provides links to the AP transfer policy for four-year Virginia public colleges and universities, as well as Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). For information on other colleges or universities, check their websites.

Additional information about AP exams

AP Credit Transfer Policy for Northern Virginia Community College

A score of 3 or higher is required. Students planning to transfer after attending NOVA should consult with the four-year college or university requirements and transfer agreements with NOVA.

AP Examination NOVA Course Equivalent NOVA Credits Awarded
Art History ART 101-102 6 Humanities/ Fine Arts Credits
Art, Studio Determined by portfolio submitted to NOVA campus art department  
Biology BIO 101-102 8 Science Credits
Calculus AB MTH 173 (min. AP score of 4-5) OR MTH 271 (min. AP score of 3) 3-5 Mathematics Credits
Calculus BC MTH 173 and MTH 174 10 Mathematics Credits
Chemistry CHM 111-112 8 Science Credits
Chinese Language and Culture CHI 201-202 8 Humanities/ Fine Arts Credits
Computer Science A CSC 200 4 General Elective Credits
Economics, Macro ECO 201 3 Social Science Credits
Economics, Micro ECO 202 3 Social Science Credits
English Language and Composition ENG 111 and ENG 112 6 English Composition Credits
English Literature and Composition ENG 111 and ENG 112 6 English Composition Credits
Environmental Science ENV 121-122 8 Science Credits
European History HIS 101-102 6 History, Social Science, or Humanities Credits
French Language FRE 201-202 6 Humanities/ Fine Arts Credits
German Language GER 201-202 6 Humanities/ Fine Arts Credits
Government and Politics (Comparative) PLS 120 3 Social Science Credits
Government and Politics (US) PLS 135 and PLS 211 6 Social Science Credits
Human Geography GEO 210 3 Social Science Credits
Italian Language and Culture ITA 201-202 6 Humanities/Fine Arts Credits
Japanese Language and Culture JPN 201 and JPN 202 6 Humanities/ Fine Arts Credits
Latin LAT 201 and LAT 202 6 Humanities/ Fine Arts Credits
Music Theory MUS 111 and MUS 112 8 General Elective Credits
Physics B PHY 201 and PHY 202 8 Science Credits
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism PHY 201 3 Science Credits
Physics C: Mechanics PHY 202 3 Science Credits
Psychology PSY 201 and PSY 202 6 Social Science Credits
Russian Language and Culture RUS 201 and RUS 202 6 Humanities/ Fine Arts Credits
Spanish Language SPA 201 and SPA 202 6 Humanities/ Fine Arts Credits
Spanish Literature SPA 233 and SPA elective or SPA 271 and SPA 272 6 Humanities/ Fine Arts Credits
Statistics MTH 241 3 Mathematics Credits
US History HIS 121 and HIS 122 6 History or Social Science Credits
World History HIS 111 and HIS 112 6 History, Social Science, or Humanities Credits

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Advanced Placement Test Fees

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