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Official FLVS AP Thread

AimHigh2AimHigh2 553 replies47 threads Member
edited January 2014 in AP Tests Preparation
I've been looking around for over two hours and haven't found a single thread that talks about FLVS AP classes extensively. Hopefully, this thread will help to add information on AP classes taken on FLVS. Any and all are welcome to comment. At the end, I will gather all the information and create a post with each FLVS AP class and what everyone has to say about it.
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  • AimHigh2AimHigh2 553 replies47 threads Member
    No one at all?
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  • julieannabjulieannab 294 replies2 threads Junior Member
    I haven't taken an Ap on FLVS, but I just started Spanish 3 honors and I'm thinking of one this year. Is FLVS pretty good for Ap exam preparation?
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  • Custardapple101Custardapple101 709 replies65 threads Member
    AP Micro is so easy and the teacher is preety cool.
    AP Macro is a little harder than AP Micro. It's extensive.
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  • Keasbey NightsKeasbey Nights 1765 replies41 threads Senior Member
    I'll write extensive reviews of all FLVS AP classes I've taken once I'm done working for today.
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  • IceQubeIceQube 2907 replies281 threads Senior Member
    I'd like to supplement Keasby's excellent analysis of the AP Environmental course on FLVS.

    1) I completely agree with his major points. There is a TON of busywork. If boredom doesn't get to you, then your eyes will get to you. Make sure you have a bottle of eye drops nearby - you really have to spend an inordinate amount of time staring at the computer screen typing up lab reports, doing simulations and whatnot.

    2) Minor Correction? Quizzes cannot be retaken after the first module. That's the way it is for me. In other words, you can retake the quizzes if your on the first module, but after that, no more retakes.

    3) Every exam is long. Not just the final. Each exam has like 6 essay questions and a ton of M/C questions. If your going to start an exam, make sure your not starting after the hour of 6 PM. Otherwise you won't get your sleep for the night ;). And once you start, DON'T CLOSE THE WINDOW. If you close the window, your screwed - your locked out the exam.

    4) Depends on your teacher My teacher actually grades my work. My teacher actually double-checks my math. Good thing is that you can submit your assignments an unlimited number of times, so if you screw up (on accident or on purpose), you can always resubmit it with no penalty.

    5) Pro Tip! Work ahead. I cannot stress this enough. Start over the summer and blitzkrieg the entire course or you'll regret it - you have to turn in 3 assignments every week even when school starts.

    And don't worry if you don't get a 100 on every assignment. All you need is an A. 90, 91, 99, 100s are all the same in terms of your GPA ... they are all 4.0s (or 5.0s if your GPA is weighted). Don't fight for the last few points on assignments you get a 96 on or something. Get to the end of your course ASAP, because you'll want it over with, and if you have a B, just go back and correct all your assignments. Getting the last few points on some assignments will give you an excellent example of diminishing returns in terms of effort exerted and points earned ;):p.

    6) Pro Tip! Use your teacher! Exploit your teacher! Don't understand an assignment? Just turn in a half-assed piece of work. If your teacher is anything like mine, then he or she will point out all the errors and tell you exactly what you need to correct. So instead of trying to figure out an ambiguously worded lab (and there are many), your teacher will tell you exactly what you have left to do and what you need to correct! And remember, unlimited resubmits on anything other than quizzes and exams!

    7) Pro Tip! Many of the labs are ripped off from other teachers. You can often find the answers to labs floating around on the Internet ... :D.
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  • Keasbey NightsKeasbey Nights 1765 replies41 threads Senior Member
    In regards to AP Enviro:
    Quizzes cannot be retaken after the first module.

    IceQube is probably right since he seems to be in the class right now. I do remember being able to retake quizzes unlimited times beyond the first module, but my memory is probably foggy. This doesn't matter too much though.
    [O]nce you start, DON'T CLOSE THE WINDOW. If you close the window, your screwed - your locked out the exam.

    This only holds true if there's giant text at the top of your quiz / test that says "DO NOT CLOSE THIS WINDOW OR YOU WILL BE LOCKED OUT OF THIS ASSESSMENT." If your assessment doesn't say that, you can enter and exit it at will, and your multiple choice answers (not sure about the essay answers) will be saved.

    However, FLVS doesn't guard against multiple instances of the same browser. In layman's terms, feel free to use extra browser tabs or windows during a quiz or test. You won't be locked out if you open up the Lessons page to look up an obscure fact to answer a multiple-choice question.
    Start over the summer and blitzkrieg the entire course or you'll regret it - you have to turn in 3 assignments every week even when school starts.

    I tried and failed to blitzkrieg through AP Enviro. I have immense willpower to perform self-pedagogy, but AP Enviro was just too much BS for me to deal with in large doses. I was able to blitzkrieg through AP Computer Science A in 8 weeks, though, while still learning absolutely everything I could pick up from the course, and still having a social life over the summer.

    On the subject of pace in all FLVS classes (not just AP Enviro), you are "required" to complete 3 assignments per week. You're given a lot of leeway with this. Eventually, if you fall behind pace, your teacher will say something like "you have to do this many assignments by this date or I'll kick you out of the course." While I've heard of this threat being made many times, it seems to be rarely executed.

    With that being said, don't fall behind pace. You'll feel like you can never catch up, leading you to procrastinate more, and you may be put in a really tough position where you won't be prepared for the AP exam or the FLVS course won't go on your transcript in time for college admissions / valedictorian calculation. Try to get ahead of pace; this way, you can slack some weeks if you're busy without any problems.

    There is an option to put yourself on a faster pace within the FLVS infrastructure, but why bother doing that? You just end up getting punished if you slow down. Always elect to stay on the 3 assignments per week pace, and then do more work than that. FLVS sets a minimum pace but no maximum pace, so you aren't limited by anything but how quickly you can turn in assignments. Because of this, you have no reason not to work ahead. It's just less stressful. I used to do one assignment per class per day, and I did even more for comp sci and stats. Suffice it to say that on days when I just didn't feel like doing work or didn't have the time to do work, there were no consequences because I was so far ahead.
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  • Chapen11Chapen11 112 replies12 threads Junior Member
    anyone take AP Calc BC on FLVS?
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  • IceQubeIceQube 2907 replies281 threads Senior Member
    My attempts to blitzkrieg the course has failed too, comrade :).

    I'm about 25% done with the entire thing ... /disappointment.
    I tried and failed to blitzkrieg through AP Enviro. I have immense willpower to perform self-pedagogy, but AP Enviro was just too much BS for me to deal with in large doses.
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  • hsgurl94hsgurl94 26 replies0 threads New Member
    I'm taking Ap Us goverment on FlVS I really like it. However I agree with the above post that the quizzes are aboslutely way too HARD ! However the coursework is extremly easy and it is no hard to get an A. When I finish I'm going to either take Micro or Macro so does anyone else have any experience in ap micro or macro ?
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  • burgerking316burgerking316 366 replies22 threads Member
    Lucky Floridians/people with money... :(
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  • AimHigh2AimHigh2 553 replies47 threads Member
    Great reviews! Keep them coming.
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  • BIRDLOVERSBIRDLOVERS 130 replies27 threads Junior Member
    The only reason why I'm taking AP Environmental is I find the stuff interesting, and I'm majoring in Zoology. It seems like an informative course, as Keasbey said.
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  • shoppingislifeshoppingislife 198 replies37 threads Junior Member
    I am taking AP Macro and AP Art History. AP Art History is pretty easy but the essays are annoying, because my teacher makes it hard to get a 100 first time. it is a lot to memorize. But overall, the class is easy. AP Macro is getting a bit difficult for me, so I might drop it. I'm on Comparative advantage and I just don't seem to get it.
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  • IceQubeIceQube 2907 replies281 threads Senior Member
    Why you should never take APES on FLVS:

    http://i.min.us/icoNUS.png
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  • shoppingislifeshoppingislife 198 replies37 threads Junior Member
    lol *** .
    Has anyone here ever taken AP Gov, AP Micro, or AP Lang/Lit on FLVS? what is it like?
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  • BIRDLOVERSBIRDLOVERS 130 replies27 threads Junior Member
    LOL at IceQube. I really wish i had withdrawn before my grace period had ended, but now im screwed.
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  • IceQubeIceQube 2907 replies281 threads Senior Member
    ^Who's your teacher for APES on FLVS?
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  • Keasbey NightsKeasbey Nights 1765 replies41 threads Senior Member
    Has anyone here ever taken AP Gov, AP Micro, or AP Lang/Lit on FLVS? what is it like?

    Read the thread.
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  • BIRDLOVERSBIRDLOVERS 130 replies27 threads Junior Member
    @Qube

    I got Angley
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