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Do AP credits save you money?

sassypineapplesassypineapple Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
edited May 2014 in AP Tests Preparation
The point of taking AP exams is to receive college credit, but do they ultimately save you money? I know you get to exempt certain introductory courses but does that reduce your tuition or what fees do they reduce?

Also, if you take AP exams in the May of your senior year, how would colleges know you can skip classes? the exam results don't come out until July

Replies to: Do AP credits save you money?

  • MOMINWISMOMINWIS Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    It can definitely reduce the number of semesters required for graduation. My nephew graduated in 3 years because he took almost all AP classes his junior and senior years of high school. Another advantage is that often the number of credits you have determine when you get to schedule for the next semester. My daughter was able to schedule a couple of days ahead of her roommate because of her AP classes. My daughter had no problem getting all of the classes she needed. Her roommate is on a wait list for some of her classes.
  • jimmyboy23jimmyboy23 Registered User Posts: 608 Member
    1. Yes; tens of thousands of dollars
    2. Yes because you don't have to take GE courses. You no longer have to pay the tuition for these courses. You also get to earn tens of thousands if you choose to graduate early because you don't have to pay room and board.
    3. The college will put you on a tentative schedule where they see what exams you've taken and they get a schedule off of how you think you did. If you end up with scores that would not allow your original schedule then you get it changed later when you get your official AP scores.
  • sassypineapplesassypineapple Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    Thanks so much!
  • MITer94MITer94 Registered User Posts: 4,736 Senior Member
    It saved me 3 hours of taking the calculus ASE.

    The rest of my AP tests are either not accepted by MIT or I scored too low to receive credit.
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