University Recognition of Advanced Placement

The AP Program is a global academic program offered in more than 100 countries around the world. More than 600 universities in more than 60 countries recognize AP exam scores for admission, credit and placement. In Canada alone, over 100 universities and colleges accept Advanced Placement exam scores for credit and/or advanced placement (check the AP Canada website for a complete listing and specific details or the College Board website.

The University of Calgary

The University of Calgary recently announced its newly opened AP+ Program. Students taking 4 or more AP courses and exams, with an early admissions average of 85% (or equivalent), may be eligible for the AP+ program. Benefits of this program include early course registration, discounts at the bookstore, a dedicated advisor to answer any questions you may have during the application process and extra scholarship opportunities. For more information, please visit the U of C website.

AP students at the University of Calgary automatically receive credit or advanced placement in approved courses where they present grades of 4 or higher on the AP exam. In the case of advanced credit, a grade of “CR” will be recorded on the student’s record.N.B.Official AP transcripts are required as part of the evaluation process.Advanced Placement courses approved for advanced credit or advanced placement are listed below:

B.G.H.S. courses AP examination U of C equivalent
Art 30 AP Art Studio (General) Art 231/233
Biology 30AP Biology Biology 233
Chemistry 30AP Chemistry Chemistry 201/203 or Chemistry 209 (Engineering only)
English 30 AP English Literatureand Composition Half course junior English
French Language Arts 30 AP French Language Full course junior French
Physics 30 AP Physics 1 and 2 Full course junior Physics
Social Studies 30AP European History History 201/203
Math 30/31 AP Calculus AB Math 251
Spanish 30AP Spanish Language Spanish 201/203


The University of Alberta also has a similar system for awarding equivalencies. However, the U of A also uses Advanced Placement exam scores to calculate a student’s admission average. See the information below from the U of A website

Admission Averages at U of A

Students receive the following percentage grades for work completed in the AP program. Note that the University will use the higher results from either the AP course or the local course. For example, if a student presents both English AP and English Language Arts 30-1, the University would select the higher of the two results when calculating admissions and awards averages.

AP Grade Conversion at U of A
AP Result Percent Conversion
5 96%
4 86%
3 76%
2 65%

When applying to any university, one of your first steps should be to determine what their Advanced Placement policy is. More universities are developing AP policies each year as AP students are highly sought after as potential university students.

Benefits of Advanced Placement

For students, AP can:

  • Permit them to take a university level course in an area of their special interest.
  • Motivate them to attempt more challenging courses in both high school and university.
  • Develop a sense of camaraderie with students in their classes who share similar interests and talents and who challenge each other to achieve their full potential.
  • Develop, in a high school environment, the study skills and habits they will need in university.
  • Bolster their confidence in meeting university requirements.
  • Provide university credits for courses and examinations successfully taken in high school.
  • Exempt them from introductory university courses, permitting students to move quicker into advanced classes.
  • Reduce university costs and time to obtain a Post-Secondary degree.

Research on the efforts of taking Advanced Placement courses and examinations has demonstrated that when AP students reach university, they typically take additional courses in the academic areas of their AP courses, enrol in more courses than their peers, achieve higher grade point averages, graduate with double majors, and go on to graduate school at a rate double that of their non-AP peers.

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University Recognition of Advanced Placement

The AP Program is a global academic program offered in more than 100 countries around the world. More than 600 universities in more than 60 countries recognize AP exam scores for admission, credit and placement. In Canada alone, over 100 universities and colleges accept Advanced Placement exam scores for credit and/or advanced placement (check the AP Canada website for a complete listing and specific details or the College Board website.

The University of Calgary

The University of Calgary recently announced its newly opened AP+ Program. Students taking 4 or more AP courses and exams, with an early admissions average of 85% (or equivalent), may be eligible for the AP+ program. Benefits of this program include early course registration, discounts at the bookstore, a dedicated advisor to answer any questions you may have during the application process and extra scholarship opportunities. For more information, please visit the U of C website.

AP students at the University of Calgary automatically receive credit or advanced placement in approved courses where they present grades of 4 or higher on the AP exam. In the case of advanced credit, a grade of “CR” will be recorded on the student’s record.N.B.Official AP transcripts are required as part of the evaluation process.Advanced Placement courses approved for advanced credit or advanced placement are listed below:

B.G.H.S. courses AP examination U of C equivalent
Art 30 AP Art Studio (General) Art 231/233
Biology 30AP Biology Biology 233
Chemistry 30AP Chemistry Chemistry 201/203 or Chemistry 209 (Engineering only)
English 30 AP English Literatureand Composition Half course junior English
French Language Arts 30 AP French Language Full course junior French
Physics 30 AP Physics 1 and 2 Full course junior Physics
Social Studies 30AP European History History 201/203
Math 30/31 AP Calculus AB Math 251
Spanish 30AP Spanish Language Spanish 201/203


The University of Alberta also has a similar system for awarding equivalencies. However, the U of A also uses Advanced Placement exam scores to calculate a student’s admission average. See the information below from the U of A website

Admission Averages at U of A

Students receive the following percentage grades for work completed in the AP program. Note that the University will use the higher results from either the AP course or the local course. For example, if a student presents both English AP and English Language Arts 30-1, the University would select the higher of the two results when calculating admissions and awards averages.

AP Grade Conversion at U of A
AP Result Percent Conversion
5 96%
4 86%
3 76%
2 65%

When applying to any university, one of your first steps should be to determine what their Advanced Placement policy is. More universities are developing AP policies each year as AP students are highly sought after as potential university students.

Benefits of Advanced Placement

For students, AP can:

  • Permit them to take a university level course in an area of their special interest.
  • Motivate them to attempt more challenging courses in both high school and university.
  • Develop a sense of camaraderie with students in their classes who share similar interests and talents and who challenge each other to achieve their full potential.
  • Develop, in a high school environment, the study skills and habits they will need in university.
  • Bolster their confidence in meeting university requirements.
  • Provide university credits for courses and examinations successfully taken in high school.
  • Exempt them from introductory university courses, permitting students to move quicker into advanced classes.
  • Reduce university costs and time to obtain a Post-Secondary degree.

Research on the efforts of taking Advanced Placement courses and examinations has demonstrated that when AP students reach university, they typically take additional courses in the academic areas of their AP courses, enrol in more courses than their peers, achieve higher grade point averages, graduate with double majors, and go on to graduate school at a rate double that of their non-AP peers.