AP courses let you start college-level work during high school. Not only can you impress colleges with your academic prowess, but you’ll get early preparation for college level courses. The curricula for AP courses are similar to what you can expect in college; advanced critical thinking, problem solving, and effective writing skills. Different high schools offer a variety of AP courses so check to see which ones are available to you.
Strong AP scores can earn you college credits. Scores for AP tests range from 1-5; 5 being extremely qualified for college credit. Many colleges and universities offer credits and advanced standing if your AP scores are high enough. Oftentimes, colleges award students with a score of 3 or better, allowing you to skip some of the lower-level courses that are required for incoming college freshmen.
More college credit leads to flexibility with college classes. For most colleges, scores of 3 or higher indicate that you are prepared to take on college level work and the more college credits you are awarded, the more time you will have to take classes you enjoy. Also, by not having to take the lower-level courses, you can move into upper-level courses sooner and complete your major quicker. This can help you save time and essentially thousands of dollars as you can finish your college courses in less than 4 years or at the very least, experiment with other courses that intrigue you.
We make sure you are taking (or not taking) the appropriate AP classes. While there are various AP courses offered in high school, some can be more advantageous than others— depending on what college you might want to attend or your intended major. We will evaluate your academic record and future goals and make sure you are taking AP courses that fit. Taking too many AP courses can be a mistake too, so we work with you to plan the perfect amount of academic rigor.
We recommend AP prep strategies & materials. Oftentimes, students go in to take the AP tests without any prior knowledge as to the format of the test or what type of questions will be asked. Therefore, we highly recommend that students take practice exams and learn test strategies to make the test taking process more manageable. Work hard in your AP classes and prepare for exams well and colleges will take notice. On top of that, you may end up with college credits by the time you graduate from high school—quite the feather in your cap!
Call us at (818) 207-0263 for further advice on how to prepare for your AP tests.