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How much will my AP credits help me?

golfer3golfer3 Posts: 638Registered User Member
I noticed that UCLA gives quite a few AP credits and I am wondering how much of a help these credits will be towards graduating in 4 years, taking fewer classes, starting my major classes earlier, etc.

Anyways, here are my scores (I took a few other APs senior year btw but didn't pass the exams whoops):

AP European History-5
AP US History-5
AP Comparative Government-5
AP Biology-5
AP Environmental Science-5
AP Human Geography-4
AP English Language-4
AP English Literature-4
AP Government (US)-3

Also, I was going to take the Calc AB exam but got sick and didn't wanna pay for the make-up. Any info on the placement test (hard, easy, freakish, etc.)?

Thanks!
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Replies to: How much will my AP credits help me?

  • TheHuttTheHutt Posts: 332Registered User Member
    AP Credit - College of Letters and Science - UCLA Undergraduate Admissions

    Most APs won't replace major requirements or GEs but will offer credits than can be used to enhance your class standing. (For example, with my AP tests I have junior standing after only three quarters at UCLA, giving me an edge in enrollment priority). Credits can be applied towards graduation, assuming you've completed all the requirements, but don't count against you if you need to stay four years. The placement test is strictly pre-calculus material and below.
  • azngamer54azngamer54 Posts: 705Registered User Member
    AP tests were the biggest waste of money in high school. They don't do much at UCLA. Bleh, in high school they say how you get "college credit" for taking AP tests, but at UCLA you don't. I think you shouldn't get credit for it anyway since those tests were like 1/10 as hard as a UCLA course. The college board is just out to make the most money possible. Everything is such a scam to just raise more money.

    You will get some credits for standing, but its not anything to get excited over.

    Sometime AP tests can actually even hurt you. Because i got a 5 on my AP english tests, I was passed out of English 3 Comp. For medical school, I need 3 English classes. Because I passed out of Eng 3, I am not allowed to take it this easy English class.
  • rusoboy23rusoboy23 Posts: 447Registered User Member
    You're not going to get any GE credit for your APs, but you will starts with 64 units (I believe you only get credit for 1 AP English) + however many you take your first quarter. As TheHutt said, having more units will help increase your class standing and give you a better enrollment time. You also won't have to take English Comp 3 as a result of your 4 in AP English.
  • sheep55sheep55 Posts: 254Registered User Junior Member
    Do AP credits count towards the 180 units needed to graduate?Let's say I have completed 160 units and have satisfied all my major requirements and GE classes, then can my AP credits be used to reach the 180 units?
  • binks09binks09 Posts: 937Registered User Member
    AP credits count towards the minimum but not the maximum. Meaning that if you come in with 60 units, you can graduate by taking between 120 and 220 (is that the max?) units.
  • ThisCouldBeHeavnThisCouldBeHeavn Posts: 16,060- Senior Member
    The max is 216. The DPR adds the number of AP units you have to the listed cap. So if you have 60 units from AP's it will say your cap is 276.
  • sapphire_oceansapphire_ocean Posts: 942Registered User Member
    it will greatly benefit you winter quarter first pass so that you get an earlier enrollment time(you can pick the classes you really want). math placement is trig and geo, dont worry its not hard. good job with ap's anyway but to agree with another poster, UCLA courses are faaaaaaar tougher so expect to put in a lot more work.
  • sheep55sheep55 Posts: 254Registered User Junior Member
    Binks09, what is confusing to me is that if you look at the Expected Cumulative progress chart, it states that you need to complete 180 units by spring quarter of your senior year. It also states however for students entering as freshmen, units earned before UCLA (e.g. AP units or IB credit) do not count for ECP. ECP is based on units taken after you become a UCLA student. So does it not mean then that AP credit does not count towards the 180 units needed to graduate? Anybody wants to clear that up, please?
  • ThisCouldBeHeavnThisCouldBeHeavn Posts: 16,060- Senior Member
    - You need to complete 180 units at UCLA by the end of your 12th quarter
    - You can graduate (given that you've filled all course requirements) after you have completed 180 total units, including AP and transfer credit

    Actually, summer courses elsewhere might count towards ECP, I don't know for sure. AP units don't count toward ECP, but they do count toward graduation. ECP has nothing to do with graduation (other than generally encouraging people to graduate on time).
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