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AP / Academic Tutoring

With today’s heavy course loads and numerous extracurricular activities, even the highest-achieving students can sometimes find themselves in need of assistance. High achievers themselves, Compass instructors can relate. And help. Over half have completed post-graduate work in fields of study built on the concepts taught in AP, honors, and regular courses. From English Literature to Environmental Science, we have a tutor for that.

Some students need weekly lessons, while others need only intermittent support. Because we don’t require an upfront commitment to a package of lessons, we provide only the amount of help you ask for. We can focus exclusively on content or also on organizational and study skills. Whether you’re cramming for an AP test or struggling to write a paper, a Compass director will be happy to discuss your situation and recommend a solution.

Whether you’re cramming for an AP test or struggling to write a paper, a Compass director will be happy to discuss your situation and recommend a solution.

What Do AP Scores Mean?

Because they cover many of the same subject areas, students and parents sometimes confuse AP exams with SAT Subject Tests. It is important to note that, while students can earn college credit for posting strong AP scores, AP exams are not admission tests per se. Colleges that require SAT Subject Test scores from applicants will not accept AP scores instead. A student applying to Yale, for example, must submit two SAT Subject Test scores no matter how many AP tests she has taken and how she has performed on them.

What do AP scores mean? The College Board defines 3 as “qualified” to receive college credit, 4 as “well qualified,” and 5 as “extremely well qualified.” Ultimately, however, the answer varies from college to college. Some schools give credit for a 3, while others require a 5. Some of the most selective schools don’t give credit for any score. The one generalization we can make with confidence is that failing to post a 3 or better is likely to place a student in the bottom half to bottom third of his or her peers nationwide.

AP Exams – May 2018

AP Test
Tests Taken
% at 5
% at 4
% at 3
% at 2
% at 1
% at 3 / higher
ALL EXAMS5,090,32413.619.324.523.119.457.4
ART: HISTORY24,96412.724.527.525.010.464.6
CALCULUS AB308,53819.417.321.022.420.057.6
CALCULUS BC139,37640.418.620.714.65.679.8
COMPUTER SCIENCE A65,13324.721.221.811.920.467.8
ECONOMICS: MACRO146,67319.722.616.216.824.758.5
ECONOMICS: MICRO90,03220.927.819.115.416.767.9
ENGLISH LANG. & COMP580,04310.617.728.829.313.557.2
ENGLISH LITERATURE404,0145.614.527.236.016.747.3
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE166,4338.823.915.025.826.547.7
EUROPEAN HISTORY101,74011.919.925.930.012.257.7
FRENCH LANG. & CULTURE22,86716.725.834.618.34.577.2
GERMAN LANG. & CULTURE5,05322.422.725.921.67.471.0
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS COMP24,67521.122.619.620.616.163.3
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS U.S.326,39213.313.326.424.422.653.0
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY216,78313.019.821.517.028.654.4
ITALIAN LANG. & CULTURE2,92618.518.132.021.410.068.6
JAPANESE LANG. & CULTURE2,45948.09.819.98.313.977.8
MUSIC THEORY19,01822.618.724.522.411.865.8
PHYSICS 1170,6535.715.319.628.630.840.6
PHYSICS 225,74113.115.634.429.27.763.1
PHYSICS C: ELEC. & MAGNET.25,07437.422.513.516.310.373.4
PHYSICS C: MECHANICS57,39930.227.319.712.710.077.2
SPANISH LANG. & CULTURE180,43523.734.729.910.31.488.3
SPANISH LITERATURE27,4519.724.536.
STUDIO ART: 2-D DESIGN36,24917.930.935.812.23.284.6
STUDIO ART: 3-D DESIGN5,77711.423.534.026.64.469.0
STUDIO ART: DRAWING20,85322.431.735.59.01.489.5
US HISTORY501,53010.718.422.722.725.551.8
WORLD HISTORY303,2438.919.927.428.515.456.2

Learn more about what AP test scores mean here.

Learn more about schools’ credit and placement policies here.

2019 AP Testing Schedule – Week 1

Morning 8 a.m.
Noon 12:00 p.m.
Monday, May 6, 2019

United States Government and Politics

Chinese Language and Culture
Environmental Science
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Spanish Language and Culture

Japanese Language and Culture
Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
English Literature and Composition

European History
French Language and Culture

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Spanish Literature and Culture

German Language and Culture

Friday, May 10, 2019

United States History

Computer Science Principles
Physics 2: Algebra-Based

2019 AP Testing Schedule – Week 2

Morning 8 a.m.
Noon 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon 2:00 p.m.
Monday, May 13, 2019


Physics C: Mechanics
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Art History
Human Geography
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
English Language and Composition

Italian Language and Culture

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Comparative Government and Politics
World History


Friday, May 17, 2019
Music Theory
Computer Science A

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