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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 06:44 AM
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To be honest, I remember AP classes being more about handling a workload than outright difficulty. Which is sort of the first stumbling block a lot of folks hit in college.

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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 09:51 PM
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AP is well worth it, I entered college with credits already with them. There may be a little more work involved with them, but not too much to stress on it.

When did they change the grading scale on the SAT?? I got a 1500 and was top 6 in my class, but that was when it was 2 parts.

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Must say AP classes aren't all that hard, i could see how it could make you a bit nervous at first, believe me i was, but once you see how it runs you'll be glad you did it, i sure am. But be prepared to STUDY, thats where i got killed, i'm not the top of my class but i sure am not stupid, study and make sure you have some time you can devote to studying, i participate in sports year round, football, track, lacrosse and i just needed to find a time to study.

Classes also move fast, not hard at all to keep up, just make sure you're on top of your work and don't miss too much school, that will put you behind and it could be difficult to catch back up, by missing too much i mean like 3-4 days in a row, a day here or there isn't going to kill you.

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post #19 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 07:27 PM
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AP classes are quite helpful for a number of reasons, in my opinion. Like thechibi said above, it's mostly about handling workload. It helps you get a handle on what will be expected of you in college.

They're a bit more intense, but it isn't like you're just handed a textbook and told to be ready for the AP test in 6 months! You may have to put forth more of an effort than a basic-level course, but the class is still designed for you learn and be taught - you're not just expected to figure it out all on your own.

Additionally, being able to "place out" of freshman level courses is generally a positive thing. For instance, taking Calculus I in a high school classroom of up to 30 students is tremendously better than taking Calc I in a lecture hall with 300!
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post #20 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 11:50 AM
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personally, i was a bit disappointed with AP classes. i only took AP english, the rest of them i just took the test(my school allowed this). for the most part, they study the same stuff and use the same books as the normal classes, but are more in depth. i had an odd habit of reading the text books at the beginning of the year and then formed questions based on what i learned. the rest of the year was spent chatting the teacher up and reading more in depth books. AP classes at my school were far to congested with students asking questions for me to get any face time with the teacher, so i opted out of them and just took the test.

dont sweat it. if you have even the faintest interest in the topic of the class, you will probably excel without even trying. dont be like me though... i had a habit of doing my homework during the breaks between classes and then forgetting it in places. my teachers always wondered about how scatterbrained i was, they would see me do the homework before i left and then show up the next day without it.
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