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The AP exam is a United States College Board exam that is meant to judge Advanced Proficiency in Language, History, English, Science and much more. The exams are created and run by the College Board of Education for the Dept of Education in the United States and are used to give College credits in advance to incoming students from high school for their Advanced knowledge in each of the specific subjects areas. The AP exams are only meant for those who desire to study in a University in the United States and are ONLY transferable Internationally to certain American Universities abroad. Click here to see which Universities in Italy accept the AP Exam and Credits. If you click on Select University, you can see the Universities that accept the AP exam.
The Italian AP Exam is meant for those who have an advanced proficiency level of Italian, often achieved after 5 years of vigorous study of Italian, Italian History, Culture, Art, Literature, Science, Current Events, and much more before and during the four years in a High school or another educational institution or setting.
The Italian AP Exam is often promoted by outside institutions, such as the Italian Consulates throughout the United States and other institutions, as a way to promote the study of the Italian Language in High Schools in the United States, but they do not accredit teachers nor courses. They only promote the exam. Only the College Board can give accreditations to teachers and courses. Without this exam and its influence, the Italian Language will not survive in High Schools throughout the U.S. and will no longer be offered. No other institutions, however, other than the College Board in the United States and accredited High Schools can authorize the study for the AP Exams and can give accreditation to courses.
Often parents and students are not aware of how much study and preparation an AP exam requires and can find themselves in a situation, where they rely on the Teachers and facilitators of the exams to assist in the success of the students. The exams measure much more than just language proficiency. There is an expectancy of comprehension and understanding of not only the language, but also the culture, history, and much much more. Students are expected to know many details about different historical events, literature, poets, musicians, science, current events, and culture full in depth and with great detail.