THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AP CENTRAL:
How AP Exams Are Scored
The exam scoring process, like the course and exam development process, relies on
the expertise of both AP teachers and college faculty. While multiple-choice questions
are scored by machine, the free-response questions are scored by thousands of college
faculty and expert AP teachers at the annual AP Reading.
AP Exam Readers are thoroughly trained, and their work is monitored throughout the Reading for fairness and consistency.
In each subject, a highly respected college faculty member fills the role of Chief Reader, who, with the help of AP Readers in leadership positions, maintains the accuracy of the scoring standards. Scores on the free-response questions are weighted and combined with the weighted results of the computer-scored multiple-choice questions.
These composite, weighted raw scores are converted into the reported AP Exam scores of 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1.
AP Exam scores of 4 are equivalent to college grades of A–, B+, and B.
AP Exam scores of 3 are equivalent to college grades of B–, C+, and C.
AP Score Qualification 5 Extremely well qualified
4 Well qualified
2 Possibly qualified
1 No recommendation