Give You an Edge in College AdmissionsIf you could have an extra advantage to get into your top school you would want it, wouldn’t you? That’s exactly what an AP course can help with! By taking AP courses, you’re demonstrating to the college that you are able to handle a college level course while you’re still in high school. This is impressive to college admissions officials and they often view applicants who take such courses as students who are able to take on challenges, motivated and hard-working – all admirable qualities that most colleges are looking for in undergraduate students.
Earn College CreditIn addition to being impressive, you can actually earn college credit for taking AP courses in high school. As long as you take the AP Exam and score successfully (based on your colleges score definition) coupled with completing the course, most colleges in the U.S. grant credit for AP scores. It is important, however to check your potential colleges’ guidelines on accepting AP scores for credit. If you are able to gain college credit now, it can save you a significant amount of time and money in college.
Skip College Introductory CoursesColleges have general required courses that are crowded and that most students generally wish they could opt out of taking. If your high school happens to offer an AP course that’s similar, you may be able to take it so that you can skip the requirement and move directly into the upper-level courses that dive into subjects that tend to be a little more interesting. Alternatively, you might be debating majors once you get to college. If your high school offers an AP course in one of the introductory level subjects, you can take it in high school so that you will not have to pay to take both in college. That could save a lot of time and money also!
Build College SkillsTaking AP courses now can help you build the skills you need to succeed throughout your college career. Your time-management skills and study habits will become stronger than ever before – both skills you will need for the next phase in your life, your college journey. You’ll be exposed to college-level work early on so that, once you get to college, you’ll be at an advantage whereas the other students who were not exposed will need time to adjust.
Qualify for AwardsIt’s no secret that many – if not most - scholarship providers value academic achievement! Taking on an AP course or two is a great way to show off your academic talents and, in turn, get noticed in the scholarship world. There are even scholarships that only AP students qualify for, which increase your odds of winning because it’s a much smaller group. Additionally, there are AP awards for AP students that gain high scores on AP exams – yet an even smaller group!
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