The Pros and Cons of AP Classes in High School
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Will AP Courses Help You Meet Your Academic Goals?
AP courses in high school are great for students looking for more challenges, a jump-start on college or just to dive deeper into their favorite subject. eAchieve Academy has a full lineup of online AP courses for high school students. There are advantages and disadvantages to AP classes in high school. They can be a great boost to your transcript and save you money on college, but students must be willing to put in the work and AP Courses aren’t the best for meeting every student’s academic goals.
Hit the Ground Running in College
College is significantly more challenging academically than high school. For students who are serious about getting ready for college, AP courses are a great way to ease into the more rigorous demands of college courses. Students who take AP courses in high school will have a much smoother transition to college with AP courses on their transcript.
Honors courses also prepare students for college. The general rule is if you're applying to an out-of-state (or Ivy League) school, AP classes are a better idea than honors.
Earn College Credit and Save Money
One of the greatest benefits of AP courses is the ability to earn college credit while still in high school. Students who score a 4 or 5 on the college board-administered AP exam at the end of the semester are eligible to receive college credit. In some cases, students who earn a 3 will be considered for credit as well. Students who take full advantage of their AP opportunities in high school can easily save thousands of dollars in tuition later on.
3: Qualified; 4: Pretty Qualified; 5: Very Qualified
Learn More and Explore Your Interests in Depth
The curriculum in an AP course is accelerated and students are asked to cover much more material in the same period of time as a standard-level high school course. This means students must learn more and study harder, but for students who are interested in their area of study, this in-depth look is a welcome change of pace.
Greater Workload, Greater Reward
Due to the accelerated pace of AP courses, students must do more work in less time. That means more studying, harder assignments, and greater challenges. Of course the more a student puts into their schoolwork the more they get out. Applying yourself to AP courses and putting in the work pays for itself in tuition savings and learning experience.
No National Standard
AP course exams are written by the college board of each state. That means there is no national standard of coursework. Fortunately, Wisconsin is recognized as having one of the best university systems in the country.
In-state vs. Out-of-State
College admissions departments sometimes view honors courses as superior to AP courses because AP courses are written by the same people who write standard courses. Students who do not intend to take AP courses for college credit might consider taking honors courses, particularly if they’re planning to stay in-state for college.