What’s the big deal with AP classes, and should you take them? Well, even if you think you’ve already made up your mind it’s good to know all the facts before you decide:
* AP classes are offered in most high schools and are taught at the college level, which means they’re NOT the classes you can just breeze right through.
* AP classes prepare you for the AP exam in your subject. Those tests happen every May.
* If you pass the AP exams (with a score of four or five out of five), it’ll look great on college applications, earn you college credit, and help you skip some intro classes your freshman year of college.
* Roughly one third of colleges consider AP scores when they figure out who to give scholarships to.
* Do not take an AP-level class in a subject you’re already struggling with. If you barely made it through History last year, don’t take AP European History just because your BFF is doing it. You’ll be miserable and your GPA might suffer because of it! It looks better to get an A in a regular class than to get a C- in an AP class.
* If you want to take an AP class, talk to your counselor and find out what will work for you.
To learn more about the AP program, click here!