AP stands for Advanced Placement, which is a term used for high school courses that teach at a college level. AP classes are taught in high school, but the level of information and skills that the students learn in those classes is comparable to the level taught in college courses. These classes are designed for high school students that demonstrate the capability to understand details of a subject beyond the high school expectations.
For example, if a student takes a chemistry course at their high school, they are expected to have a BASIC understanding of the principles of chemistry by the end of that course. If a student completes a chemistry course in college, they are expected to have an INTERMEDIATE level of chemistry knowledge. And finally, as a student works towards their master degrees, they will be expected to understand chemistry at an ADVANCED level (if chemistry is part of their educational/career goals). With this in mind, an AP course is at the intermediate level. The student already has a BASIC understanding of the principles of that subject and are already ready to take a course at the college level. Those students, then, have the option of taking an AP course, if their high school offers it, or they can take a course at their local community college and get both high school and college credits!
AP exams evaluate a student’s knowledge at a college level. Whereas the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject exams all evaluate a student’s knowledge at a high school level. AP exam scores show colleges how well students will be able to make the transition into college academics and whether or not they are ready for the intermediate level of that subject.
Is AP right for you? Receiving a B in an AP course is often considered to be compared to an A in a college course. In other words, if a student takes an AP course and receives a B, a college will look at that grade, consider that it is for an AP course, and value the B as an A. They will also appreciate that the student challenged themselves enough to sign up an AP course when they didn’t have to. If a student gets a C in an AP course, however, colleges don’t look at that as a B. Instead, it is still considered a C. In that case, if you think you can get an A or B (or don’t care what colleges think) then go ahead and sign up for AP courses and push yourself to be the best that you can be. If you aren’t sure, however, stick with the standard high school course and make sure that you get an A or even an A+. If you are confident in your skills in a particular subject, but didn’t take an AP course for it, you can still sign up for an exam and showcase your college-level of knowledge in that subject.
For more information about the AP exams and courses, visit the College Board website.
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