I took a few AP classes/tests this year and I was planning on taking more next year. I wanted to get some opinions on if it’s actually worth it to take AP over regular honors classes.
All the AP’s I’ve taken have definitely been worth it. I like to think that challenging yourself in academics is always rewarding! Another perk is that you might be able to skip some of the introductory college courses if you pass the tests. It might also be a good idea to look at the AP policies of the colleges you are interested in to make sure you are taking classes that they will give you credit for.
Take the AP classes/exams to use on your college apps. Many colleges look to see if you were taking a rigorous courseload and they determine that by how many AP classes you take. A kid who took AP classes over regular classes will definitely have an advantage in the admissions process.
A piece of advice to everyone on this post, don’t use AP credits to skip over intro courses in college. From my experience, a high school AP class is extremely different from an actual college course and they often don’t cover the same amount of material. It’s easy to fall behind in a class if you skip a prereq. Do yourself a favor and don’t make your first year of college harder than it needs to be.
No not worth it.
No one cares about AP, not even colleges. You don’t have to send any proof that you even took them. If anything, they might benefit you slightly if you are going into a STEM field but other than that don’t waste your time and energy. Enjoy yourself in high school because its only going to get harder.
If u finish high school in a lazy half-assed way under the impression that “oh, it’ll only get harder, what’s the point of trying now” then you will not get the chance to develop a strong work ethic necessary for a successful college career. If ur planning to go to college then do AP’s to save money on courses later. All you need is a 3 and if you do better then it’ll look even better on a college app. Colleges want a hardworking individual not some person who seemed to give no effort in high school and didn’t care about working hard. Life will always matter in some way or another, don’t assume that it doesn’t just to get an excuse to be lazy.
Colleges care about how much you challenge yourself, and AP classes are a good way to show them that. Second, AP credits let you skip a lot of college classes, which saves thousands of dollar in the long term.
If you are going to college: take Aps, pass the tests, and save money.
If you are not going to college: don’t bother.
If you can pass the exams then it is definitely worth it. I’ve heard the more general ed classes you can get out of in college the better. It’s even more worth it if your school pays for the exams because they are pricey.
If you have the opportunity to knock out college credit in high school… DO IT!! AP classes and dual enrollment are good ways to save money on credit hours.
100% worth it if you are planning on attending college. My friends who already graduated were able to skip all of their English gen ed classes and also calc 1 and 2 because they did well on their AP exams.
Does Dual Enrollment count as AP classes since you're basically taking college classes?