The AP Tests
Advanced Placement Tests (APs) are not required for college admission. In fact, the results of APs are generally not available until after you have been admitted, since many students take the bulk of their AP exams during their senior year.
The test is simply the final examination for a college level course taken in high school, and students receiving scores of 3, 4 or 5 (1-5 scale) will be considered to receive credit at a number of colleges. While some students who are not enrolled in an AP course may take the AP and do well, this generally requires work beyond the normal classroom requirements. AP exam scores from the junior year appear on your transcript at your discretion and will serve as additional evidence of the strength of your program of study.