About AP

About AP

The Advanced Placement, or AP Program, at W. L. Mackenzie Collegiate Institute offers classes at a university level. AP curricula teach students more and in doing so help them to be better prepared for university.

At the end of the year, during May, students have the option of taking the standardized AP exam for their AP course. Both the curricula and examinations are standardized by the College Board. While their exam, which is graded from 1-5, will not count towards their school grade, some universities accept a 4 or 5 on an AP exam and count it towards one or more university credit(s). Information on specific universities can be found in the “Resources” tab below, although notable universities include: McMaster University, University of British Columbia, and McGill University. However, most Canadian and American universities accept AP credits, as well as over 60 universities worldwide.

Benefits of AP Courses

Benefits of AP Courses

If the student gets a 4 or 5 on the AP exam and the university accepts the credit transfer, the student can either skip a class in university or take a class they would not have otherwise. In doing so, the student can graduate from university earlier than their peers, and save on tuition in the process. They have much more flexibility, and can explore their options better. AP classes are recognized in universities across Canada and the US, and allows students who take AP classes to stand out from their peers. AP classes tell the university about how dedicated and eager to learn the student is.

Within the course itself, the student can:

  • Improve writing and problem-solving skills
  • Develop the study habits needed for university-level course work
  • Study subjects in greater detail and with greater depth, expanding academic horizons

AP Courses at Mackenzie

AP Courses at Mackenzie

Mackenzie offers:

  • AP Computer Science (ICS 4U0), taught by Ms. Krasteva
  • AP Calculus (MCV 4U0), taught by Mrs. Gugoiu
  • AP Economics (CIA 4U0), taught by Ms. Cuttle

Resources

Resources

For more information on AP courses: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home 

For more information on AP exam dates and fees: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees

For more information on which Ontario universities accept AP credits: https://universityadmissions.ca/ap-credit-policies/

For more information on international schools’ policy regarding AP credits: https://international.collegeboard.org/programs/ap-recognition/search-ap-policies-by-international-university