The Advanced Placement Program is a High School program, sponsored by The College Board, which allows students to study courses designed for freshman college level students. All AP students at SIS sit an external exam in May. Students who complete several AP courses and score grades of 4 or 5 are often eligible to apply for advanced standing when they leave SIS and go on to university. Students must meet specific course requirements to gain a recommendation to participate in an AP class. Many courses have PSAT score related criteria. This is due to the high volume and academic level of the required reading. A 3-week grace period at the beginning of the course allows students to make sure that the AP class is suitable for them. If a student chooses to drop, or is dropped from an AP class after this time, they carry 'F's' on their transcript for the school year. The cost for an AP examis Won 200,000. This fee must be paid before the end of the grace period.