The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams with the AP Scholar Awards. Although there is no monetary award, each award-winning student can view and print their certificate online, and the award is acknowledged on any AP score report that is sent to colleges after the award has been conferred.

  • If you are a State AP Scholar, your printed award certificate has been sent to your state's superintendent of education for distribution.
  • If you earned an AP Capstone Diploma™ or AP Seminar and Research Certificate™, you will receive a printed award certificate in the mail.

AP Scholar Awards are added to students' online score reports in mid-August. If you earned an award, you will be notified by email. 

Award Levels

Each row gives information about award name and describes its criteria.
Award Criteria
AP Scholar Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
AP Scholar with Honor Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
AP Scholar with Distinction Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
State AP Scholar Granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken.
National AP Scholar Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
National AP Scholar (Canada) 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.
National AP Scholar (Bermuda) Granted to students in Bermuda 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.
DoDEA AP Scholar Granted to the one male and one female student attending Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools with the highest average score on the greatest number of AP Exams. The minimum requirement is a score of 3 or higher on three exams.
International AP Scholar Granted to the one male and one female student attending a school outside the United States and Canada that is not a DoDEA school with the highest average score on the greatest number of AP Exams. The minimum requirement is a score of 3 or higher on three exams.
AP Seminar and Research Certificate™ Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research
AP Capstone Diploma™ Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing.
AP International Diploma (APID) Visit APID Opens in a new window to see the criteria for this award.

About AP Scholar Awards

  • There are two steps to calculating the awards:
    • The student's average AP score is determined based on all exams taken this year and in previous years.
    • The student's exam scores are checked to see which ones count toward the various AP Scholar Awards.
  • A student must meet all criteria to be eligible. For example, a student who has a 3.25 AP score average but only received a 3 or higher on three exams will not receive the AP Scholar with Honor Award because the minimum requirement is a score of 3 or higher on four or more exams.
  • Exams taken multiple times only count once; the highest score will be used for the award calculation.
  • The Calculus AB subscore, Music Theory aural subscore and Music Theory nonaural subscore are not used in the AP Scholar Award calculations.
  • The AP Scholar Awards are academic distinctions that students may cite among their credentials on applications, resumes and so on. Students do not receive any monetary award from the College Board.