Fourteen TASIS England students earned AP Scholar Awards in 2015. Four students were named AP Scholar with Distinction (scoring of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams, with an average score of at least 3.5):
Rachel Maerz was named AP Scholar with Honor (scoring of 3 or higher on four or more exams with an average score of at least 3.25), and the following students were named AP Scholar (scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams):
Maddie St. John
Further congratulations go to Sidney Mau and Erik Hirschmann who have been recognized as Commended Students for the National Merit Scholarship Program**
The Advanced Placement program* was created by the College Board, a non-profit organization in New York City, in 1955. Its aim is to offer college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. About 2.5 million students combined to take a total of 4.5 million AP exams worldwide in 2015.
Last year, 117 TASIS England students took 300 AP exams in 20 subjects, and over 85% of the students earned a grade of 3 or higher on at least one of their exams. The worldwide average of students earning an exam grade of 3 or higher is 60%. TASIS England is immensely proud of the hard work and impressive achievements of our AP students and their dedicated and talented teachers.
*The Advanced Placement (AP) Courses offer qualified students the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. Exams are scored on a 1-5 scale (five highest). More than 90% of U.S. colleges and universities give credit and advanced placement to AP students who received a grade of 3 or above on the exams. Many U.S. colleges and universities offer sophomore standing to students who have a sufficient number of qualifying grades. The College Board maintains an AP Credit Policy Search for students wishing to learn what scores are required for credit at a given university. Note that universities in more than 60 countries now recognize AP courses in the admission process. In the U.K., universities view exam results as similar to British A-level results; consequently, students who succeed on three or more AP exams are well prepared for entry into U.K. universities.
**The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.