WESTFIELD, NJ — A total of 169 Westfield High School students earned various Advanced Placement Scholar awards during 2016 in recognition of their college level achievement through Advanced Placement courses and exams, the district has announced.

AP is accepted by thousands of colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam grades. Westfield High School offers 16 AP courses.

The score of Westfield’s students averaged 4.20.  AP tests are scored on a 1 to 5 scale according to the College Board, with 5 being the highest score possible.

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Four students qualified for the prestigious National AP Scholar Award, which is 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:  Sidharth Eleswarapu, Catherine King, Jesse Liu and Felicia Mermer. 

A total of 61 WHS students earned the AP Scholar with Distinction Award for an average score of 4.37.  To qualify for this distinction, a student must score at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Forty-seven Westfield High School students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award with an average score of 4.01. Students achieving this award must average at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. 

Sixty-one students were granted the AP Scholar Award, earning an average score of 4.02.  To qualify for this award, test takers must receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.