At my high school, junior year is usually the year that people load up their schedules with Advanced Placement (AP) courses. This year, I am taking five AP courses - and with school coupled with extracurriculars and trying to maintain a social life, this school year has been the busiest yet. The grind literally never stops, it is one assignment after the other and one test after the next. But fortunately for you, this article covers everything you need to know about AP courses - everything from the pros and cons of AP courses and how to tackle the classes to how many (and which) AP classes you should take.1. AP courses give you an idea of how college is going to look like. AP courses are designed to be college-level courses that students take during high school. The main purpose of AP courses is for students to get an understanding of how college will be. The courses will let you experiment and get used to the difficulty before you even step into college. 2. Taking AP courses may open up opportunities to earn college credit.If you pass the AP exam in May, some colleges will even let you earn college credit for the courses that you take! Keep in mind, though, that some colleges will accept only 4s and 5s, not just a 3, which is technically a passing grade. 3. You will learn important skills that will serve you later in life. AP courses will teach you how to use your time effectively, you will learn which forms of studying work for you the best, and you will (hopefully) learn to keep going even when the course gets difficult. These time management skills and learning to preserve will serve you well later in life.4. Your teachers are going to be there to support you. Since you are technically taking college-level courses while still in high school, your teachers are more likely to be supportive and explain things when you are having trouble. Don’t forget that your teachers are the best resource that you have! Reach out for help when you need it - there is absolutely nothing wrong to recognize that you need help in something and seek assistance for it! 5. Taking AP courses will show colleges that you are not afraid to challenge yourself. AP courses are difficult - there is absolutely no doubt in that. Having an AP course on your transcript - and even better having a good grade in the class and earning a good score on the exam, will show colleges that not only you are hard-working, you make sure that your hard work pays off. This will definitely act as a plus in the college admissions process.