Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Information Brochure for Burnaby Mountain 2023

For up-to-date information and announcements, students should check their AP Student Team.

Due date for exam fees

Semester 1 Courses: Friday October 27, 2023 

Semester 2 Courses: Friday March 1, 2024







For Information about How to Join an AP Course, please see the attachment and website below. 

What is Advanced Placement (AP)?

The Advanced Placement program, administered by the College Board of New York, ( allows students to participate in university/ college level courses and possibly earn college credit while still in high school. Both the level of difficulty and course content are directly comparable to first year university courses. Secondary schools and universities/ colleges cooperate in this program to provide students with the opportunity to show mastery in college-level courses by taking the AP exam in May of each school year. Students who successfully complete examinations with a minimum score of 4 on a 5 point scale (some institutions only require a score of 3) may, upon admission to university/college, be granted credit and/or placement at most post-secondary institutions round the world. The AP program has grown to become the largest and most widely recognized university preparation course in the world. In May 2019, over 82,700 students took exams in over 1,900 non-US schools in 128 countries.  In Canada, over 20,000 students wrote 32,000 exams. For more information about credits offered at various institutions worldwide visit  

The Benefits of Taking an AP

Advanced Placement courses are enriched and challenging and are designed to enhance a student’s academic interest and performance. Briefly the benefits are:

  • Enrichment – students can study a subject in greater depth with other equally interested students; to participate in an AP class is to enter a world of intense discussion and thought, a class where students are given the intellectual responsibility to think for themselves and to learn to reason, analyze and understand;
  • Flexibility – students can receive exemption from some introductory courses; thus getting more flexibility when enrolling in university courses or reducing time needed to obtain a degree; furthermore, students can save money – a score of 4 or 5 on an AP exam results credit for a first year university course;
  • University Preparation – students can develop the study skills and habits they will need in university; the academic rigor required in AP courses prepares students exceptionally well for the challenges of university;
  • International Recognition – outside the United States, universities in 55 countries recognize AP Exam scores in the admission process and/ or for credit and advanced placement

Success of Students Taking Advanced Placement

In combination with the work ethic of our students and the dedication and skill of our fine AP teachers, students at Burnaby Mountain have done outstanding on their AP exams. In 2020, Burnaby Mountain had 184 students write 240 exams with 82% of these students earning a score of 3 or higher on a 5 point scale.  Also in 2020, 51 AP Scholar Awards were granted to Burnaby Mountain students, by the College Board, in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program exams.  Thirteen of these students were named National AP Scholars, which is granted to students in Canada who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams. 

Writing Advanced Placement Examinations

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are strongly encouraged to write the external AP exam in May. There is no fee for taking an AP course but there is a fee for writing an Advanced Placement examination. Since this is an external exam administered by the College Board, we are obligated to charge the students the cost of writing the exams. For the current year, the cost of each AP exam is $135 (very inexpensive compared to a university course). Regardless of whether or not the student writes the AP exam in May, the fact that they completed an AP course is acknowledged on their official ministry transcript. However, if the student wants to earn advanced credit at a post-secondary institution, they must write the AP exam and forward their results to their desired institution(s).

How AP Students Do After Graduation

Advanced Placement students, when placed in advanced courses in university, tend to outperform other students. About 80% of these students receive As or Bs in subsequent course work even at the most selective institutions. They usually have higher grade point averages and are more likely to graduate with honours from university having had less of an adjustment to university. As the local universities see the performance of AP candidates after they leave high school, they become more interested in recruiting these students to their campuses.


Advanced Placement Courses Offered at Burnaby Mountain

Art History
Chinese Language and Culture
Computer Science A
Economics (Macroeconomics & Microeconomics)
English Literature and Composition
European History
Human Geography
Physics 1 & 2


For More Information

For more information on Advanced Placement in Canada, visit For information about AP credits at various post- secondary institutions in BC, visit

For additional information about AP courses at Burnaby Mountain, contact Ms. J. Reily at 604-296-6870 or