The College Board provides a series of scholarly recognitions to AP students. The AP Scholar Awards are academic distinctions that students may cite among their credentials as they are nationally recognized by colleges, universities, scholarship agencies, etc. Students do not receive any monetary award from the College Board for these distinctions.
AP Scholars are identified using the following criteria:
Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
AP Scholar with Honor
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
AP Scholar with Distinction
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
State AP Scholar
Granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken.
National AP Scholar
Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Notes about the process of selecting AP scholars:
There are two steps to calculating the awards. First, the student’s average AP score is determined based on all exams taken this year and in previous years. The student’s exam scores are checked to see which ones count toward the various AP Scholar Awards. Second, a student must meet all criteria to be eligible. For example, a student who has a 3.25 AP score average but only received a 3 or higher on three exams will not receive the AP Scholar with Honor Award because the minimum requirement is a score of 3 or higher on four or more exams. Exams taken multiple times only count once; the highest score will be used for the award calculation. The Calculus AB subscore on the Calculus BC exam as well as the Music Theory aural and non-aural subscores are not used in the AP Scholar Award calculations.
Northwest High School Recognition of AP Scholar Award earners:
A few students meet all of the AP Scholar requirements by the end of the junior year, but most students will not qualify until scores for exams taken in May of the senior year are known. Spring AP test scores are distributed in July. Therefore, at Baccalaureate and Senior Awards Night, NWHS will recognize any student who completed at least three courses if the following criteria are met:
- Students must have taken the test and earned a 3 or higher or be registered for the exam for each of the three courses.
- In the courses where the student has registered for but not yet taken the exam, the student must have earned no lower than a B for each term of the course.
Students who meet those criteria will be designated as an AP Scholar Candidate. Plan now to meet the criteria for this distinguished award by registering for the tests that you will need to take to qualify for the “AP Scholar Candidate” award.