List of AP classes

To choose the best AP course you must be aware of the entire list of AP courses available. Check out this complete list of AP exams and choose the apt course for you wisely.

Updated by Viswathika on 23rd January 2020

Advanced Placement(AP) courses are high-level demanding courses than regular Highschool courses that students can pursue in their highschool. It is organized by the 'College Board' in the US and Canada which offers a college-level portion and syllabus to Highschool students.

Choosing the perfect AP class is difficult than the AP class itself. Many High schools offer all the courses whereas, some schools offer a few of them. You cannot decide anything without having a good understanding of the courses and courses offered. There are around 38 courses and exams available. Out of which an average student can take up to 3 exams per year, but some students take up more too.The following lists all the AP course and the exams available:

  • AP Art History

  • AP Biology

  • AP Calculus AB

  • AP Calculus BC

  • AP Chemistry

  • AP Chinese Language and Culture

  • AP Computer Science A

  • AP Computer Science Principles

  • AP English Language and Composition

  • AP English Literature and Composition

  • AP Environmental Science

  • AP European History

  • AP French Language and Culture

  • AP German Language and Culture

  • AP Government and Politics: Comparative

  • AP Government and Politics: United States

  • AP Human Geography

  • AP Italian Language and Culture

  • AP Japanese Language and Culture

  • AP Latin

  • AP Macroeconomics

  • AP Microeconomics

  • AP Music Theory

  • AP Physics 1

  • AP Physics 2

  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

  • AP Physics C: Mechanics

  • AP Psychology

  • AP Research 

  • AP Seminar 

  • AP Statistics

  • AP Spanish Language and Culture

  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture

  • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design 

  • AP Studio Art: 3-D Design 

  • AP Studio Art: Drawing 

  • AP United States History

  • AP World History 


Which is the Hardest and Easiest AP class?

United States History, Biology, English Literature, Calculus BC, Physics C, and Chemistry are often named as the hardest AP classes and tests because of their tough curriculum and difficult tests.

AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Psychology, AP US Government and Politics, and AP Comparative Government and Politics are considered to be the easy scoring and self-learning AP courses based on the previous year’s passing rates.

Hardness and ease is completely a relative term. It depends upon the time you spend on it and the interest you have for it.HIgher your interest in a subject, more time you spend in it, so automatically you master it. On the other hand, taking classes out of compulsion and peer pressure leads to failure in the end. So before choosing the course, analyze it well, develop an interest in it and then take it up.


How much GPA you should secure in an AP course?

GPA for the AP course is given on a scale of 1 to 5. The following is the grade to performance :

                         5- Extremely well performance

                         4- well performed

                         3- moderated performance

                         2- Possibly qualified

                         1- Poor performance

 Securing a GPA of 3 is good as it means you have cleared the exam, A 4 is considered a GOOD score and 5 is a very impressive score. 


Can you Re-take an AP exam?

if you feel your performance in a particular course is not so good or you feel you can perform better, yes you can write the same course again. But AP exams are generally conducted only during the first week of May every year. That means you should wait again for one more year to write the same exam again. No AP exam is conducted during the other parts of the year. If you are fine with it, you can re-take the same course again.


Which AP class is best for you?

It depends on you. If you are aiming for Ivy League schools like Harvard University, Princeton University, The University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University you should take up to 5 difficult AP classes per year with more than 4.0 GPA. If you are targeting less-selective schools doing 2-4 AP classes is enough. During your first three years, take up classes that you like or have an interest in and during your final year take up the core subject you want to pursue in college. To know which is best for you, consult your teachers and mentor or someone who knows you best.