Advanced Placement (AP)

Oakton High School AP Courses

Summer Assignments

You can find summer assignments for AP Courses Here.

 

Course Q & A

Oakton provides AP/Honors FAQs (pdf) to facilitate the decision making. For more information, click on the course below:

What is AP?

  • The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides rigorous academic college preparatory coursework in the major subject fields. Courses are offered in English, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Languages, Math, Performing Arts and Fine Arts. AP courses are open to highly motivated students, primarily in 11th and 12th grades; a few courses are open to underclassmen as well. The College Board recognizes recognizes a student who takes a minimum of five AP courses and scores at least a 3 on each AP exam with the designation of AP Scholar. AP courses are open to any student who is interested in academic rigor. AP courses are recognized for college credit by many universities in the United States and abroad. The College Board web site has more information about the AP Program.

Expectations

This chart is intended to give students an idea of how much time is required to prepare for each class period of the AP courses. Different teachers of the same course may have slightly different expectations, but the time commitment should be about the same. Attendance is critical in all AP classes. The assumption is that students are at the skill level to take a college level course with college textbooks. Most AP classes have summer reading assignments. For course description, expectations and activities, click on the course name. (If you are using a mobile device, view the PDF version of the chart by clicking here)

Area of AP Study Homework For Each Class Period Prep Time Per Class Tests/Essays Per Qt. Other Expectations
Art History 4-6 hours including readings 4-6 hours including homework 2-3 tests/quizzes Self-directed art museum visits/per quarter
Biology (short information) 4 hours per week including preparation 4 hours per week 2-3 multiple chapter tests and free response questions  
Calculus AB At least 30 minutes per class   2-3 tests per Quarter, quizzes every other day Graphing calculator required
Calculus BC 4-6 hours per week (including study time)   3 tests per Quarter, Daily homework quizzes AP study sessions during CT; 2 mock exams in April
Chemistry 4-6 hours per week (including study time) 1-3 hours 2-4 tests per Quarter Students are expected to read the textbook, as well as complete a cumulative project after the AP exam
Chinese Language 2.5 hours per week 2.5 hours per week 2-3 tests per Quarter, weekly quizzes Chinese 1-4 prerequisite
Comparative Government 1-2.5 hours 3-5 hours per week 2-3 tests per quarter Taken with AP English Literature (seminar format only)
2D Design: Computer Graphics

1 hour per week (Independent Study Concentration)

30 minutes per week (mounting works for display) 1 Artist Statement, 3-4 Critique Session Notes Archive digital works in progress, Work independently on AP Portfolio Concentration
Computer Science Principles At least 30 mins per class Up to 1.5 hours outside reading per week 1-2 tests per Quarter, frequent quizzes Performance tasks completed throughout the year, laptop required
Computer Science At least 30 mins per class 4.5 hours per week Test for each chapter  
Economics   4-6 hours per week (this includes homework) 2-3 tests per Quarter Upper level math prerequisite
English Literature 1-1.5 hours including reading, writing, and preparation.   2-3 timed writings per quarter, AP multiple choice tests, and other assessments.  
English Lang & Comp 1-1.5 hours 2.5-3.5 hours    
Environmental Science Reading, Review, Lab Write-Ups, Free Responses, Case Studies 1-2 hours per class (2-6 hrs per week) 2-3 unit tests per Quarter No calculators allowed
French Language 3 hours 3 hours 2-3 tests Weekly assessments 1-2 projects per quarter
German Language 2 hours 2 hours Weekly Quizzes/Tests  
Japanese Language and Culture 2.5 hours Including Kanji readings and essay writing 2.5 hours Quizzes 1-3/week Tests 1-2 per Quarter Essays 1-2/week 200 kanji (Chinese characters) out of 410 AP Kanji list.  It is available here (pdf).
Music Theory 50 minutes for Aural Training 2.5-3.5 hours per week    
2D Design: Photography 1 hour per week   1 Artist Statement, 3-4 Critique Session Notes/Blog Posts/Short Essay Responses Archive digital works in progress, Work independently on AP Portfolio Concentration, Visiting Art Exhibitions and Meeting with Artists (field trips, outside of class)
Physics 1 Included in prep time 2-4 hours per week 3-4 assessments per Quarter Investigation after the exam

Physics C Mechanics and E + M

Included in prep time 4-8 hours per week 1-2 tests per quarter; frequent quizzes Project after the exam
AP Psychology Read text and Online Assignments (3-5 hrs) Additional reading Book/Journal Reviews Presentations (3-5 hrs) 4 Unit Tests 4+ Essays  
Spanish Language 2-3 hours 3-5 hours Weekly Quizzes/Tests  
Statistics 30-40 minutes per day 2-4 hours per week 3-4 unit Tests 2-3 projects  
3D Design: Studio Art Drawing 1 hour per week 30 minutes 1 Artist Statement, 3-4 Critique Session Notes/Reflections/Short Essay Responses Archive digital works in progress, Wor kindependently on AP Portfolio Concentration, Visiting Art Exhibitions and Meeting with Wartists (field trips, outside of class)
U.S. Government 1-2.5 hours 3-5 hours per week 2-3 tests per Quarter  
U.S. History 3-4 hours 5 hours 2-3 unit Tests Weekly quizzes  
AP World Civilization 1 hour 2 hours 1 unit test Weekly quizzes 1-2 Essays