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Dartmouth will no longer allow students to use Advanced Placement exams for college credit

Dartmouth College will stop awarding credit based on Advanced Placement exam scores starting with the class of 2018.

The Ivy League school in Hanover, N.H., currently awards some credit for AP and other test scores. But faculty recently voted to end the practice because they believe AP courses are not equivalent to Dartmouth classes. Though some students have used the credit to graduate early, officials say future students will still have other ways to do that.

Dartmouth's decision comes at a time of rapid growth for Advanced Placement — the number of students taking the tests has more than doubled to about 2 million in the last decade. But the program also has faced criticism that the relentless drive to expand it has resulted in watered down courses.

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