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What is the Italian Advanced Placement Program?
The Italian Advanced Placement Program (APP) is a University level course of instruction that students can take while still in high school.
The Italian AP course was introduced in the 2005-2006 academic year and the first AP Exam in the Italian Language and Culture was administered on May 8, 2006.
This milestone event is the result of years of careful programming after the College Board’s decision to include Italian language and culture in its register of Advanced Placement Programs (APP).
The number of participants in AP programs, including Italian, and the scores achieved on the exam mirror not only student interest and achievement but also teacher preparation and quality of instruction.
NIAF’s History with the AP Exam
In 2010, NIAF collaborated with Italy when the Embassy of Italy to fundraise the $3 million necessary to preserve the AP Italian Language Examination as part of the yearly offering from the College Board.
With a leadership gift of $250,000 donated by NIAF’s Chairman Emeritus, Congressman Frank J. Guarini, the Foundation was able to raise a total of $750,000 and serve as the community’s leader in the struggle to make sure that the Italian language would always have a place in the upper echelons of higher learning.
Today, thanks to the efforts of NIAF and the assembled Italian American community, the AP Italian Language Exam is healthy and secure in its place among the College Board’s offerings, and the numbers of students sitting for the test each year continues to grow significantly.
Why take the Italian AP exam?
Successful completion of the program and AP Exam scores allow students to build college levels credits that are recognized by almost all U.S. universities and by numerous foreign universities—all while still in high school.
Register for the AP Italian course and exam
Normally, the AP exam is taken after completion of an AP Italian course in high school.
If your high school does not currently offer an AP course in Italian Language and Culture, but there are a sufficient number of interested students, contact the principal and the educator responsible for Italian to examine the possibility of instituting one.
Students already proficient in the language and culture may register to take the AP exam without having completed an AP course.
Contact the AP Coordinator in a school where AP exams are administered for assistance in registering for the Italian AP Exam.
More about AP Italian
Visit the College Board website for the following resources:
- Essential Course Resources
- FAQs about preparing for and taking the AP test
- A full practice exam with notes
- Special focus materials
- Strategies for taking AP Italian Courses and preparing for the exam
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