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Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, schools participating in the College Board’s Pre-AP Program must go through a process called the Pre-AP Course Audit. The Pre-AP Course Audit ensures that each Pre-AP course meets specific requirements to receive an official Pre-AP course designation. After a course is authorized through the audit, it will receive a Pre-AP designation and appear in the Pre-AP Course Ledger, the official list of all Pre-AP courses.

The Pre-AP Course Audit is intended to:

  • Give Pre-AP teachers and coordinators clear guidelines on curricular, resource, and implementation requirements that each Pre-AP course must meet in order to receive a Pre-AP course designation.
  • Give colleges and universities confidence that Pre-AP courses are designed to meet the same criteria across all schools.

Each individual school has the opportunity to develop curriculum for courses labeled “Pre-AP.” We provide Pre-AP teachers with course frameworks developed in partnership with secondary school and college faculty nationwide to define expectations to which they should align their course design, as well as required learning checkpoints that they must administer throughout the year. While we provide sample instructional resources that teachers may use with their students, we don’t mandate their use for Pre-AP courses.

Why Go Through the Pre-AP Course Audit?

Participation in the Pre-AP Course Audit process is required for teachers to access the Pre-AP digital platform, which includes sample instructional materials as well as the digital learning checkpoints they are required to administer.

Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, Pre-AP courses must be authorized by the Pre-AP Program in order to use “Pre-AP” in those course names. The only way to do that is through the Pre-AP Course Audit.

Once your school’s courses are authorized, they will be included in the Pre-AP Course Ledger—the official list of all Pre-AP courses—so colleges and universities can verify student transcripts.

The Process

In the Pre-AP Course Audit, Pre-AP course administrators and teachers are required to attest to curricular, resource, and implementation requirements. To earn the designation for a course, you must agree to:

  • All enrolled students in on-level courses participate in Pre-AP.
  • Align instruction to the course framework.
  • Administer at least 1 quiz per unit and 4 performance tasks.
  • Teachers and at least one administrator per site complete a Pre-AP Summer Institute, either in person or online.
  • Teachers complete at least one online scoring module.
  • Attest to implementation requirements.

Each school that offers Pre-AP courses needs to name a Pre-AP Course Audit administrator. This is usually the principal or principal’s designee, and may be the Pre-AP Coordinator. This person is responsible for finalizing Pre-AP Course Audit forms, renewing authorizations annually, and checking the Pre-AP Course Ledger each academic year to make sure it accurately lists their school’s Pre-AP course offerings.

Your Pre-AP Course Audit tasks are completed online. You’ll have to sign in to, or create, your Pre-AP Course Audit account.

Key Dates

  • April 1, 2020: Pre-AP Course Audit opens for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • October 15, 2020: Pre-AP Course Audit submission deadline for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • 2023-2024 School Year: Pre-AP Course Audit required for schools to label courses “Pre-AP.”