At Lisgar we have a very strong, successful AP program that we continue to build upon each year.  The International Advanced Placement (AP) Program allows you to earn equivalent credits for first-year courses at many universities in Canada, the United States, and several other countries.  Unlike the International Baccalaureate Program, you are free to pick only the AP courses that interest you.  Want to know more about what taking an AP course is like?  Visit the College Board to find out.  For a complete list of Lisgar’s AP courses, check out our Secondary Course Guide.



Your AP Journey

Here are the steps to college credit and placement


Check the “Courses” page and choose the course(s) you’re interested in. Then, talk to your school counselor about signing up.

Take The Course

First join your class on the College Board online system. Then work hard in the course. You can practice for the exam with free online resources from College Board.

Take the Exam

Register and pay for your exam by the fall deadline. Exams are given in May. Ask guidance about sitting exams that are not offered as courses at Lisgar.

Send Scores

Check your scores when they’re released in early July. You can send additional scores—or send scores for the first time if you haven’t sent any yet. Most universities require a score of 4 or 5 to receive credit.

Get a taste of University

Get familiar with college-level work—and boost your confidence by tackling it.

Develop yOUR Skills

Time management, critical thinking, scholarly writing—AP courses help you hone the skills you’ll need in college and career.

Find your passion

Studying a subject in depth could give you new insights and even put you on the path to a career.

Use your scores

You can use your AP exam scores for credit redemptions, university admissions, and even scholarships.

How can AP Help?

Get a Head start

Research consistently shows that AP students are better prepared for college than students who don’t take AP. They’re more likely to enroll and stay in college, do well in their classes, and graduate in four years.

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Why take ap?

In addition to creating a more challenging and rewarding learning environment, AP courses can also allow you to reach ahead in university, take more elective courses, and balance your university schedule through credit redemptions.


Each AP course costs $175.  AP Seminar and AP Research each cost $230.  We request a $50 non-refundable deposit in November.  Refunds of $125 will be issued on any cancelled exam before March 1, 2020.  The cost of an AP course covers: the exam; shipping & handling; marking of the exam; exam proctoring; mandatory training for AP teachers; AP textbooks and other AP resources; Canadian to US dollar exchange rate.

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If you choose to take an AP course, you will be expected to write the final corresponding AP exam in May.

If you are interested in writing an exam that is not offered at Lisgar or have any questions, please see Mr. Middleton, Lisgar’s AP Coordinator.



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