Why you should consider taking AP Classes
1. AP classes cover more material than regular classes, require independent learning/student and take place at a fast pace but will help you in getting a taste of a college-level work and thus ease your transition from high school to first-year college student.
2. Taking AP classes shows admissions officers that you're ready for college-level work.
3. Many high schools give extra weight to AP grades as long as you get a C or better. Taking an AP class and getting a B is better than getting an A in a regular course.
4. Study what you are curious about. There are 38 AP subjects from computer science to Spanish language and culture, although your high school may only offer some of these. Choosing a subject you’re interested in, or have had previous success in, will help you commit to the workload.
5. Get a head start on college general education courses. Every May, AP tests are held and are scored on a scale from 1–5. If your college takes AP credit, a score of a 3 or higher could allow you to earn college credits. Some students are able to skip the entire first year of college this way, thus cutting ton of money off of their college education and not to mention time. To check if your university or the universities on your college list take AP, click here and search by university.
AP classes can boost your GPA and strengthen your college application. But the number of advanced courses you choose to take should depend on your academic interests and your schedule.
To learn more about specific AP classes, view study guides and materials, click here.