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Students Taking AP Exams Could Soon Enter College With More Credits

Soon it may be easier for freshmen to begin college in Virginia with a few course credits under their belts.

The change comes from a law passed in 2015 that tells state colleges to give credit for scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement tests, which are scored from 1 to 5. Colleges are allowed to stick with policies that only offer credit for higher scores, but at least some are expected to shift to 3 for certain subjects.

“I think it will be more cost-effective,” said Del. Steven Landes, a Republican who chairs the House Education Committee and sponsored the bill.