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Old August 28 2013, 11:58 PM   #16
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Re: Why Your Kids Should Take AP Classes

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In this case it's probably not an issue, but be aware that credits are not all you need for graduation. You can have 200 credits, and you still won't graduate until you fulfill the requirements of at least one major.
Right.

It's pretty cool, it's all computerized of course. The units were automatically inserted into her degree planner where they fit: GE, Electives, Major Requirements. We did tell her to get with her academic advisor and stay on track.

I'm just amazed at how well it worked, and how worth it is was. That was far more credit than we expected.

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Old August 29 2013, 12:16 AM   #17
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I just read your opening post to my wife, a retired Budget, Planning and Grants Director for the local campus of our state University. Her first thought was how hard your daughter must have worked to get those units. Congratulations to you and your family!
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Old August 29 2013, 12:18 AM   #18
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I just read your opening post to my wife, a retired Budget, Planning and Grants Director for the local campus of our state University. Her first thought was how hard your daughter must have worked to get those units. Congratulations to you and your family!
She did work hard. 2-3 AP classes every semester.
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Old August 29 2013, 01:22 AM   #19
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^ Yeah, 2-3 AP classes a semester is no joke. They're genuinely hard work classes. It's worth it, though, but it's hard.

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One thing that annoys me to no end (even though it's been 20 years now), is that many high schools counted AP classes as a max of 5.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale. My high school only counted it as a 4.0, so at least within the high school system, the extra work didn't count for squat over someone else in the main track courses.
My high school was already on a 5.0 scale, and AP classes could count as a 6.1 (for some reason). It was weird, and colleges got confused when they looked at my transcripts and saw that I graduated high school with a GPA of 4.9 (considering my senior year I stopped giving a shit and there were several Cs included in that GPA).
Well, that's just confusing.
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Old August 29 2013, 01:50 AM   #20
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IIRC, the two AP courses I took which were nothing like their equivalent freshman courses, were physics and calculus.

Freshman university physics for engineering majors was an absolutely brutal course. Freshman calculus wasn't quite as brutal, but not easy at all either. (Freshman physics was frequently used as a "weedout" course at many universities, largely to kick out as many freshman engineering majors as possible).

In contrast, AP physics and AP calculus were like "child's play".
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Old August 29 2013, 01:57 AM   #21
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The AP physics and AP calculus courses, didn't prepare me at all for how brutal the freshman university versions were.
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Old August 29 2013, 02:12 AM   #22
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That is awesome and congrats for all the hard work paying off.

I never enrolled in an AP course, however, I would recommend it for the challenges.
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Old August 29 2013, 01:21 PM   #23
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My high school offered two AP classes - AP US History and AP English something-or-other. I didn't take the latter one (hence not being clear on what the name was...), but I did take the former. I only received a 3 on the exam, though, which wasn't sufficient for credit at my first college.

Out of my class, though, that 3 was the second highest. One person got a 4, and everyone else who took the exam scored 2 or below.
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Old August 29 2013, 01:27 PM   #24
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Three is supposed to be passing, so it's a shame you didn't get credit for it.
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Old August 29 2013, 02:24 PM   #25
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It's pretty cool, it's all computerized of course. The units were automatically inserted into her degree planner where they fit: GE, Electives, Major Requirements.
Don't trust the automated system to always slot them incorrectly. It'll generally get most of them right, but *always* double-check that it's doing what you think it should be doing, especially in the last few semesters before graduation.
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Old August 29 2013, 10:29 PM   #26
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Congratulations to your daughter!

I took a number of AP exams in high school as well as AP classes so I entered college with 28 hours and had my language and first two years of history requirements already completed.

It allowed me to take other, more interesting courses so that I earned a philosophy minor and international studies minor along with my history major.

After all that, I work in wealth management.
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Old August 31 2013, 05:20 AM   #27
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Re: Why Your Kids Should Take AP Classes

I took as many AP classes as I could in high school, which was only 5. Unfortunately you are at the mercy of the classes your school/district offers. In underpriveleged neighborhoods I can imagine this would be very little.

I think my credits amounted to a little more than a semester's worth of college credits. However, to fulfill the degree requirements I still had to take the full 4 years. But the AP credits were helpful in allowing me to skip some of those GE requirements in favor of picking up a minor in Economics.


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My high school offered two AP classes - AP US History and AP English something-or-other. I didn't take the latter one (hence not being clear on what the name was...), but I did take the former. I only received a 3 on the exam, though, which wasn't sufficient for credit at my first college.

Out of my class, though, that 3 was the second highest. One person got a 4, and everyone else who took the exam scored 2 or below.
The 3 definitely should have counted, that's unfortunate. And don't feel bad - the AP US History test is actually one of the harder ones. I "only" got a 3 and that was the highest score in my class, and I went to college to get a history degree! It was just a tough test.
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Old August 31 2013, 05:28 AM   #28
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Don't trust the automated system to always slot them incorrectly.
Thanks for the laugh

I took a few AP courses in my junior and senior year. IIRC, I got out of about half a semester's worth of 100 level courses. Definitely worth it. I have to admit that I did it more for the challenge though.
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Old August 31 2013, 05:32 AM   #29
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The 3 definitely should have counted, that's unfortunate. And don't feel bad - the AP US History test is actually one of the harder ones. I "only" got a 3 and that was the highest score in my class, and I went to college to get a history degree! It was just a tough test.
Agreed. I do remember the AP History exam being a particular PITA, though strangely I also got one of my best scores on it.

And I too went and got a History degree.
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