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AP Physics: C Electricity and Magnetism self-study

amgolden2016amgolden2016 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
My school does not offer AP Physics: C Electricity and Magnetism. I am trying to get as much college credit as possible (especially classes like this, that will actually count for something other than elective credit), plus I absolutely LOVE physics & I'm having a lot of fun in the class I'm in, as well as with the Electricity & Magnetism stuff I have been studying on my own.

The problem is this; I asked my AP Physics: C Mechanics teacher about challenging the E&M exam, and she asked the principle. He said no, because they do not offer the class in our school. She then told me she would ask around in her circle of various AP teachers to see if anyone else had ever been allowed to challenge this exam in my district, but I fear that even if other schools have allowed it she won't push for me being allowed to take the exam (which 100% makes sense, she's in her first year teaching at my school & would probably want to stay on the principle's good side).

So I've decided to prepare in case I have to take matters into my own hands, assuming there is absolutely no way I can change the principle's mind (although as it stands now I'm waiting until our first report cards come out so I can bring up my 1 B to an A, and show him that I am a dedicated student and blahblahblah so perhaps he'll believe that I'm actually serious about this.

Is there any way I can sign up for this exam without going through my school? Should I contact a local AP coordinator or should I try to directly contact collegeboard? Do any of you have a similar experience you would like to share?

thanks, all, in advance :)

Replies to: AP Physics: C Electricity and Magnetism self-study

  • jimmyboy23jimmyboy23 Registered User Posts: 608 Member
    you have to have an AP coordinator/Guidance counselor order the exam for you and proctor the exam. You probably will not be able to take the exam unless if you get your parents to press the principal really hard. Faculty at schools are always going to b end over backwards for parents. The only other option is to sign up for an online course and see if you can get the exam that way.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 42,097 Super Moderator
    edited October 2014
    First of all, it's spelled principal. I'm not the spelling police, but since you misspelled it 3 times.... :)

    Secondly, since your school offers AP, the AP coordinator can order any exam whether or not your school offers the class. Since the E&M exam is straight-forward (i.e. requiring only a proctor, but not computer stations, recording stations, etc.), there should be no issue. You can involve your parents, who can involve the College Board, as necessary. Read more here.[url][/url]
  • jimmyboy23jimmyboy23 Registered User Posts: 608 Member
    edited October 2014
    It may be they have a policy against it. My school district had a policy like this; they wouldn't let anybody take the exam unless they were enrolled in the class. Luckily I was able to enroll on FLVS and that worked for them. I think my parents could've overrided them but it wasn't overly necessary to involve them.
  • WoanderingWoandering Registered User Posts: 2,295 Senior Member
    If none of the above solutions work out, you'll just have to contact nearby high schools and see if they offer the class, so that you can join them when they take the test.
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