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?

Karen O'Neill, MSEd
Counselor KSO College Counselling

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

This topic can be controversial, as educators have different opinions on the value of AP classes and exams. However, if you are aspiring to highly selective schools, a school transcript that shows you have taken many (10 - 12) AP classes throughout high school and scored high on the AP exams (4s and 5s). this route is not for everyone, as AP classes are rigorous and demanding. There is also a considerable amount of required work during the summer to prep for upcoming AP classes. Also, you need to consider how this level of commitment will impact the rest of your life. Can you handle sports, the school musical, community service on top of all this work? The answer lies in the level of your desire to attend top tier schools and your ability to handle the work load.

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!)

Jessica Brondo
Founder and CEO The Edge in College Prep

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

- AP exams can get you a lot of college credit, which can either help you graduate earlier or give you extra time to take classes you want to take and not distribution requirements, because your AP exams can get you out of those. - APs are also harder, so they demonstrate to a college that you are willing to work and go the extra distance. Schools want to see that you took advantage of all the academic resources your school has to offer, so if they know your high school has an AP program and they see you took no AP exams, they think you prefer an easier ride, unless you have a good reason why you didn’t take them.

Ronald Harris

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

College credit and you see first hand what a college course is like.

Lin Johnson III

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

Definitely, major benefits exist in taking AP courses and exams in high school. First, AP courses and exams signal your pursuit for academic rigor and your commitment to excel in college. With scores of 4 or higher, it shows your ability to handle college-level courses, which is an absolute positive on your college application. Second, passing AP exams with scores of 4 or higher can result in substantial saving in college expenses because several colleges allow students to exempt out of courses given their proven ability to master the subject. Third, taking AP exams, even if you do not score high, will provide valuable preparation for college level material early, allowing more familiarity with subjects and more confident in your ability. Consequently, the effort of performing well on the AP exams is a total win! You can save thousands of dollars, increase your admission chances, and get an early start on college level material.

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.

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.