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Is A.P. the Path for Me?

Last updated on April 22, 2021

March 2020

   AP (Advanced Placement) classes are taught to a common curriculum by the College Board, a large corporation that oversees the SAT test as well. At Mynderse, generally only rising juniors and seniors may enroll. At the end of the year, in May, you will take a two to three hour long exam to test your knowledge of the subject, and in the summer you will receive a score from one to five after they are graded. A passing score of three or higher can earn you college credit, allowing you to skip basic courses in college. In addition, taking AP classes and getting good scores and grades will help strengthen your college application, because they show that the student challenged themselves academically. 

   Despite the advantages though, there are several drawbacks to taking AP classes. Some require certain grades or class ranks in honors courses to enroll (speak to Mrs. Taylor for specifics). The tests cost $80 each, a hefty fee, and must be paid for in the fall. They’re also challenging and time consuming; even students with high grades in normal or honors classes may struggle a fair bit. Expect lower grades and more homework than what you’re used to. The stress associated with APs may prove to be too much, especially if you are involved with many extracurricular activities.

   With all that said, should you take some AP classes? Currently, Mynderse offers AP Chemistry, United States History, Calculus, and English. Evaluate your performance and enjoyment in the subjects you are considering taking APs in, and speak with Mrs. Taylor if you are unsure about whether an AP class sounds right for you!

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