Any course that a school labels “AP” must go through a process called the AP Course Audit, which ensures that each AP course meets specific standards. After a course is authorized through the audit, it will appear in the AP Course Ledger, the official list of all AP courses.
The AP Program created the Course Audit in order to:
- Give AP teachers and administrators clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements that each AP course must meet.
- Give colleges and universities confidence that AP courses are designed to meet the same college-level criteria across high schools.
Each individual school should develop its own curriculum for courses labeled “AP.” We don’t mandate curricula for AP courses; instead, we provide each AP teacher with a set of expectations that college and secondary school faculty nationwide have established for college-level courses—expectations that they should meet or exceed in their course design. Credit for the success of AP courses belongs to the individual schools and teachers that create powerful, locally designed AP curricula.
New for 2019-20:
To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources and supports launching in August, teachers won’t be required to submit a syllabus for course authorization for most courses until the 2020-21 school year. (The exceptions are AP Computer Science Principles, AP Research, and AP Seminar, which will follow the usual procedure.) Teachers should consult their course’s individual pages for more information on how to ensure their course appears on the AP Course Ledger and they have access to online score reports in July 2020.
For Higher Education Professionals
Learn more about how the AP Course Audit assures AP courses on applicants’ transcripts meet rigorous standards. And explore the AP Course Ledger, a complete list of all authorized AP courses at high schools and online providers everywhere. Go to the AP Course Audit page on our Higher Education site.
See All Authorized AP Courses
The AP Course Ledger is the official, up-to-date, comprehensive list of courses that have passed the AP Course Audit. It’s searchable by school, subject, city, state, country, and more, and it’s updated every year in November to reflect offerings in the current school year.