Advanced Placement 101
Nov 17, 2016 12:36:30 AM
If you are considering advanced placement courses, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions. You don't want to set yourself up for failure if the challenge is too great, but you don't want to ignore invaluable learning opportunities, either.
Let us answer some of the questions that are likely plaguing you. We want to make the decision about whether to pursue advanced placement easier on you.
What Types of AP Classes Are Available?
There are almost 40 different types of AP classes as of this writing, but their availability varies by school. The most popular advanced placement courses are in history, English, calculus, and biology. Some schools may offer foreign language AP classes as well.
How Rigorous Are AP Classes?
What Does AP Testing Entail?
What's a Good AP Score?
Note that AP test scores are sent only to the colleges you specifically request they be sent to. If you prefer, they may also be sent solely to your home.
Will I Get College Credit for AP Classes?
Should I Take as Many AP Classes as Possible?
Keep in mind that honors courses, International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, and other challenging coursework can be just as attractive on the high school transcript as AP courses. When selecting classes, you should favor those in which you are likely to learn the most, follow a passion, build critical and creative thinking skills, or go in-depth in a particular subject. Ask the AP teacher — or students who have been through the course — what it will cover and how it will be taught. Does the AP course really offer the greatest educational value of the options available to you?
For some students, AP classes present a great chance to prepare for college, expand knowledge horizons, and maybe even gain some college credit before stepping foot on campus. For others, AP classes may be too difficult, resulting in a drop in high school GPA and a blow to self-esteem. Before you decide to give advanced placement courses a try, make sure you are prepared for what's to come.
To learn more about the AP program, visit apstudent.collegeboard.org. To perform your personal best in all your courses, click below to learn about a Study Smart! Study Skills class or recorded webinar from Doorway to College Foundation.