AP Classes

Should I Join an AP Class at Mid-Year?

Question: How odd would it look for someone to switch into an AP at semester? do you think i’d be treated as less than just taking it full year? I don’t think it would look at all odd to switch into an AP in the middle of the school year. It could, in fact, be ...

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Four AP Classes for Future Speech Pathologist?

  Question: This upcoming year I will be in my sophomore year and I am taking one AP, AP Gov, which is the only AP allowed for sophomores.  However, throughout my high school career I currently have 4 APs I want to take.  I am afraid that this might not look challenging enough.  The APs ...

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Ivy Admission without Math/Science AP’s?

Question: Hi! I just discovered this blog and have found the advice you give extremely helpful. Currently, I am in advanced/AP social studies and English classes as those are my stronger subjects. However, math and science are not my favorite subjects, so I am not in those advanced/AP courses and wouldn’t be until senior year ...

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Comparing AP Classes to Advanced (etc.) Classes

Question: I attend North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and I am wondering how much importance college give to taking AP classes in high school. If my classes are not considered AP courses but are advanced, do colleges take this into consideration? What weights more – AP class or advanced classes? Also, I see ...

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Gettign Out of Too-Easy Algebra Class

Question: When I was in high school I took an advanced calculus class and received good scores in that class. But when it came to my placement exam for college and I was given a few math questions, I rushed through them without completely finishing it on time. Now my college is trying to place ...

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Importance of Calculus for College Admission?

Question: I am going to be a junior in high school next year and I will be taking Algebra 2. At my high school you are not allowed to take any math courses over the summer for credit so I will not be able to advance to calculus during high school. My senior year I ...

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Chem, Physics, or Bio for Future Business Tycoon?

Question: I am a Chinese student who is currently studying at a private school in Pittsburgh, PA. I just finished my junior year and am busy with selecting the courses for my coming senior year. Now there are three science courses that I am free to choose from – AP Bio, AP Physics C, and ...

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A-‘s/B’s in AP’s vs. All A’s in Standard Classes

Question:My son just completed his sophomore year of high school, taking 2 honors classes (pre-calc and English), 1 AP class (US History), German 3, Chem 1,and Debate. His cumulative GPA is 3.68, which puts his class rank in the top 25%. Many students with only standard classes have a higher GPA and a higher rank, ...

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Calculus at Community College or AP Calc at High School?

Question: My son is a high school sophomore and had been planning to take AP Calculus at his high school in the fall. However, he learned from a college advisor/family friend that taking the course at a community college might be more challenging and interesting for him. He is excited about doing this and we ...

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