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Q: What is an AP course and what is an Honours course?

A: AP stands for Advanced Placement. AP courses and exams can be taken by students in the last two years of high school and they are called Advanced Placement because if students do well enough (with a score of at least 3 out of 5), they can gain credits towards a degree course at a US University. In reality this is still at the discretion of each university but the AP courses are recognised as the curriculum taken by the more able students and are commonly used as an admission tool by universities.

An Honours course also refers to higher-level classes that proceed at faster pace and cover more than regular classes but, while the Honours curriculum can be determined by state officials, school district administrators and even the honours teachers themselves, the AP curriculum is determined by the academic authority CollegeBoard.