What are the benefits of taking AP exams in high school?

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What are the benefits of taking AP exams in high school?

Rod Bugarin
Former Admissions Officer Columbia, Brown, and Wesleyan University

What are the benefits of taking AP exams in high school?

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Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

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The advantage of taking an AP course in high school comes when you do well on the exam. Every school has a different threshold, but it's worth trying for the right score. Colleges may award course credit without having to take the class on campus. Other schools may use it as a means of placement in the right level once you arrive on campus. The bonus is that it may allow you to sidestep some general overview type lecture class and get right down to the nitty gritty of the topic. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, take the test.

Helen H. Choi
Owner Admissions Mavens

What are the benefits of taking AP exams in high school?

There are many academic and economic benefits of taking AP exams in high school. Not only does the AP experience help to prepare you for college courses, but if you pass an AP exam, you can show colleges that you are ready for college-level work. In addition, many college accept certain passing scores on some AP exams for college credit -- which means that you can enter your freshman year with some requirements already met! In some instances, students with many APs can finish college on an accelerated schedule. This can be a definite time and money saver!

Michelle Aronoff
Guidance Counselor

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If you are taking an AP course you should definitely take the corresponding AP exam in May. The exam is scored 1-5. Most schools will give you college credit if you score a 4 or a 5. There are some schools who will also award credit with a 3 on certain exams. Taking AP courses and doing well on the exams can save you a lot of time and money. You may be exempt from taking some pre-requisites because of your scores and shave an entire semester or more off of your college career. This means paying less in tuition and graduating early!

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

What are the benefits of taking AP exams in high school?

Qualifying for college credit which saves big bucks in college costs, and enabling the student to concentrate on more electives w/o having to take every required course.

Zulema Wascher
Counselor Rio Rico High School

What are the benefits of taking AP exams in high school?

One of the benefits of taking AP exams is that if you score a 4 or 5 on the test, it might be considered for college credit, depending on the university you are applying to. But most of all, taking AP courses in high school will result in a stronger preparation for university courses. These courses make the student realize the importance of maintaining a schedule, and becoming organized in school related studies.

Katie Parks
Former Admissions Counselor

What are the benefits of taking AP exams in high school?

AP classes are great! These are highly rigorous courses taught at the high school that students can receive college credit for! Imagine starting college with 3 AP classes under your belt, and not having to take those courses in college. You could, for example, take an AP English class and skip your Freshman Composition class. Not only is this a source of bragging rights, but you can save time and money by lowering the number of general education courses you have to take at college. However, there is one big asterisk to this awesome opportunity. You have to pass the test!! Students must, I repeat MUST!, take the AP exam to have any chance of qualifying for college level credit. Students should consult with their advisor about what qualifying score on the test will be accepted at the college they have chosen so they can receive the maximum amount of credit. For example, if you take the AP English exam (of which there are 2), most schools require you to score a 4 on the AP test to receive credit for English – 101. (AP scores range from 1-5, with 5 being the best.) Other schools may require a score of a 3 or a 5, so it is important that students consult with their college catalog or academic advisor to see if their scores qualify them to receive college credit. So while AP classes by themselves are great, if students want to receive college credit for this work, they must take the test. (I should also note, that there is no penalty in the admissions process if you take AP courses and do not take the test. However, your interviewer may ask why you decided to do this, as most students do take the test, and in your first meeting with your college advisor you should discuss this choice. Also, doing poorly in your AP test is less important than doing poorly in your AP class itself. So make sure you are not just studying for the test, but working very hard in class too. Plus, if you’re doing well in class you’ll more than likely do just fine on the test!)

Prilla OConnell

What are the benefits of taking AP exams in high school?

If a student does well (a 4 or a 5), colleges may waive introductory requirements, but not necessarily. The real benefit of taking the exams and getting a good score shows colleges students have met the rigor of the course expectations. It's another piece of data that puts the student in a good light.

Andrew Belasco
CEO College Transitions LLC

What are the benefits of taking AP exams in high school?

The benefits associated with taking AP exams are really twofold. First, a satisfactory score (generally 3 or above) can earn you credit at most colleges, saving you tuition money and potentially shortening your time to degree. Second, taking AP courses (and exams) exhibits a willingness to engage in rigorous coursework and consequently improves a student's admission prospects, as strength of curriculum is one of the most important factors in a college's admissions decision.

Megan Dorsey
SAT Prep & College Advisor College Prep LLC

What are the benefits of taking AP exams in high school?

There are a variety of benefits to taking AP exams in high school. 1. You learn to prepare at a college level. AP exams are challenging and students who take them seriously will have spent months studying and practicing with college-level material. Some students report that their AP preparation was more rigorous than some freshman level college classes; obviously they were ready for the academic challenge. 2. You get out of taking some required courses when you enter college. If you earn a qualifying score, usually a 4 or 5, you can earn college credit for that AP Exam. To this day, I am thankful for my AP Calculus credit. I was a liberal arts major and did not have to take any math classes in college because I earned a 5 on the AP Calculus test. This allowed me to take classes I found more interesting and relevant. 3. You can save money. The cost of one AP Exam can seem high at the time, but if you earn a qualifying score, that test just saved you hundred or thousands of dollars. Some students enter college with enough AP credits to qualify as sophomores. If you have a full-year of college credit from you AP Exams, you have just saved 25% on the cost of your undergraduate education.