AP Exams are graded by the College Board on a scale of 1 to 5, with the following criteria for performing in that subject at the college level:
- No recommendation
- Possibly qualified
- Well qualified
- Extremely well qualified
Most colleges require a score of at least a 3 to grant college credit. Some will accept a score of 2, while many of the more competitive colleges and universities require a 4 or 5 before granting credit.