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snowyowl
Posts: **9**Registered User New Member

Hello collegeconfidential users! *waves hello*

A rising senior, I'm in the midst of applying for next year's classes. I'm requesting a pretty rigorous course load, including two English classes (AP Literature and Composition and honors Humanities), honors Economics/AP Government, and either AP Psychology or WWII/Vietnam Conflict. (Just for clarification, I have more than the required amount of science credits, so I'm not taking a science next year.) However, I'm not sure what I want to do about math. I'm torn between taking AP Calculus AB or AP Statistics.

There are several reasons why I'd like to take stats. Even though I've managed to get As in almost all of my high school math classes (except first semester of freshman year), math has always been a struggle for me. As you might be able to tell from my schedule requests, I'm an English and history nerd instead! A lot of people say AP Statistics is an easier class than AP Calculus, which definitely makes it seem attractive to me. I've also heard that stats is more practical - even though I don't plan on majoring in math or entering a math-related field. Finally, I have the teacher who teaches calculus this year for my trig/pre-calc class, and I don't really understand his lectures. His teaching style just doesn't make sense to me. I know that sounds sort of lame, but I don't want to struggle all year on what seems a very complex subject. :/

There are reasons for me wanting to take calc, too. I've heard that because statistics is an "easy AP," colleges look frown upon it on transcripts. I'm planning on applying to some selective and highly selective colleges, so I'm worried that if I take statistics instead of calc, it will hinder my chances of getting accepted. But I'm hoping that if I take all the aforementioned challenging classes and make my interests known to them (two English and two social studies classes) on my transcript, it will be okay. What do you think?

I won't have room in my schedule for both calculus and statistics.

Help? D:

(I'm sorry if this is in the wrong forum! Mods, please feel free to move it.)

A rising senior, I'm in the midst of applying for next year's classes. I'm requesting a pretty rigorous course load, including two English classes (AP Literature and Composition and honors Humanities), honors Economics/AP Government, and either AP Psychology or WWII/Vietnam Conflict. (Just for clarification, I have more than the required amount of science credits, so I'm not taking a science next year.) However, I'm not sure what I want to do about math. I'm torn between taking AP Calculus AB or AP Statistics.

There are several reasons why I'd like to take stats. Even though I've managed to get As in almost all of my high school math classes (except first semester of freshman year), math has always been a struggle for me. As you might be able to tell from my schedule requests, I'm an English and history nerd instead! A lot of people say AP Statistics is an easier class than AP Calculus, which definitely makes it seem attractive to me. I've also heard that stats is more practical - even though I don't plan on majoring in math or entering a math-related field. Finally, I have the teacher who teaches calculus this year for my trig/pre-calc class, and I don't really understand his lectures. His teaching style just doesn't make sense to me. I know that sounds sort of lame, but I don't want to struggle all year on what seems a very complex subject. :/

There are reasons for me wanting to take calc, too. I've heard that because statistics is an "easy AP," colleges look frown upon it on transcripts. I'm planning on applying to some selective and highly selective colleges, so I'm worried that if I take statistics instead of calc, it will hinder my chances of getting accepted. But I'm hoping that if I take all the aforementioned challenging classes and make my interests known to them (two English and two social studies classes) on my transcript, it will be okay. What do you think?

I won't have room in my schedule for both calculus and statistics.

Help? D:

(I'm sorry if this is in the wrong forum! Mods, please feel free to move it.)

Post edited by snowyowl on

## Replies to: Admissions: AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB?

2,918Registered User Senior MemberFor you, probably AP Statistics.

For the record, AP Calculus AB isn't that difficult. Stats is easier though.

AP Statistics certainly won't be frowned upon. It's the lack of calculus that may be a little questionable. For someone going into a major that has NOTHING to do with mathematics, it's not a big deal. But AP Calc always looks better than no AP Calc.

By the way, for someone not going into anything math related, statistics is just as non-practical as calculus. It may sound practical, because everyone sees "statistics" all the time, but what you lean in that class is not practical, unless you're going to spend your life taking surveys and analyzing data. In fact, calculus is probably more practical, even for a non-math major.

Anyways.

59Registered User Junior MemberHonestly, I am not the "math person" either really. Actually, sounds like you and I are on similar wavelengths when it comes to our strengths in school. Although I am probably 'above average' at math, I am way better with social sciences and humanities. And, that being said, I would encourage you to take Calc. I really really have not found it (Calc 1) to be excessively difficult. But of course, only you, your parents, and your teachers/guidance counselor can truly gauge what's right for you. Good luck!

2,748Registered User Senior MemberIf you don't like the Calc teacher, go ahead, take Stats, and don't look back.

Good luck.

1,289Registered User Senior Member27Registered User New MemberAnd for the record AP Stats is so so so so much easier than AP Calc (BC at least). Like 4th grade math easy haha.

4,282Registered User Senior Member19Registered User New Member9Registered User New Member59Registered User Junior Member4,282Registered User Senior MemberFor other majors, I think they look more at the total number of AP classes you have taken, as opposed to whether or not it includes calculus.

I took calculus in high school and college, and have never ever had any reason to use any of it. I have asked some people in other professions (including some technical fields) whether they used any of it, and they say no.

21,370Registered User Senior Member1) Dartmouth, for example, clearly states that they prefer to see Calc. If your school offers it and you don't take it, while 90% of the other applicants do....

2) How much science do you have? Highly selective colleges prefer to see four years' worth of the big five academics. If you don't have four years of science, I'd drop one of the lit/hume courses and take science instead.

398Registered User MemberAnyways, I bombed the Calc BC exam (4)-- misread one of the problems and integrated all funky. The Stats (5) one was so easy that I ended up writing haikus after I finished the FR, then crossed them out so they wouldn't be graded. Stats class was pretty easy too, though I goofed on in Calc quite a bit as well.

Calc AB or Honors are both viable and respectable options as well.

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