If you’ve taken AP or Project Lead The Way courses, you could already be on your way to earning the AP + PLTW student recognition.
So you know about the benefits of taking AP — building skills for college
and career and possibly earning college credit
. And you know the reasons to take Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses — developing in-demand skills and exploring careers through hands-on learning and real-life problem solving.
But here’s something you probably don’t know: When you take selected AP and PLTW courses related to the fields of engineering, biomedical science, and computer science (and earn qualifying scores on course-related exams and assessments), you can now earn the AP + PLTW Student Achievement, a recognition that shows colleges and employers that you’re prepared for advanced course work — and interested in careers in the field you’re studying.
If you’ve taken both AP and PLTW courses in the past few years, you may already have taken the necessary courses and exams to earn this recognition — or you may just need to complete one or two more courses and exams to be eligible.
How It Works
The AP + PLTW program features pathways in three fields — engineering, biomedical science, and computer science.
Each pathway includes:
- AP courses and exams that provide an opportunity for advanced placement and/or college credit PLTW courses, and their corresponding End of Course assessments, designed to introduce you to the field, and specialization courses that focus on knowledge and skills needed for rewarding careers
The table below shows the menu of courses that schools can combine to create each pathway.
Explore the AP + PLTW Pathways
How to Earn the Recognition
If you complete three courses in a pathway — one AP course; one PLTW course; and a third course, either AP or PLTW — and earn a score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam(s) and a score of Proficient or higher on the PLTW End of Course (EoC) assessment(s), you’ve earned the AP + PLTW student recognition for that pathway. The AP+PLTW Student Achievement is awarded once a year in the fall.
You can apply for the AP + PLTW student recognition now.
You must submit your application by June 30, 2017. By completing this application, College Board and PLTW will be able to share and cross-reference course and assessment data to determine your eligibility for the AP + PLTW Student Achievement. You will learn about the status of their application in fall of 2017.
What to Do Now
Interested in getting the AP + PLTW Student Achievement? Here are your next steps.
If you’ve taken AP and PLTW courses, check the table above to see if these courses are in one pathway. Then, check the “How to Earn the Recognition” section to see if you’ve fulfilled the requirements.
If you’re short one or more courses, check the table to see what course or courses you need to take to complete the pathway. Next, talk to your teacher or counselor about adjusting your schedule to add the course(s) that you’re lacking. And don’t forget that you need to earn qualifying scores on the related AP Exam(s) and PLTW EoC assessment(s). Your teacher or counselor can answer other questions you may have about earning the AP + PLTW recognition.
We’ll post more information soon about how to get the recognition after you earn it.
Remember, earning the AP + PLTW Student Achievement tells colleges and employers a lot about you. So if you’re interested in getting on the path to a degree and a career in engineering, biomedical science, or computer science — or just interested in exploring these fields — AP + PLTW is a great way to start.