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smder99smder99 Registered User Posts: 802 Member
edited June 2007 in Brown University
How does Brown award AP credit?
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  • smvsmv Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
    I believe most AP scores are used simply so that you can enter higher level courses earlier. But there's also something called advanced standing that enables you to graduate a semester or a year earlier. Honestly, I don't really get how it works. But you'll definitely need scores in the 4s and 5s in order to take advantage of that. Perhaps someone else can elaborate on the specifics of how that works?
  • smvsmv Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
  • modestmelodymodestmelody Registered User Posts: 4,654 Senior Member
    The link SMV required will basically tell you everything you need to know.

    Essentially, graduating early, which is a terrible idea anyway, is quite difficult to have happen. You could do it with 5 APs with 5s on all, but you still need to pass the same number of courses everyone else does (30) in the span of your 7 semesters.
  • ughawkwardughawkward Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    Graduating early, while tough, isn't so terrible an idea for someone struggling with loans etc to pay a college tuition. Also, if you (the general you, since most schools don't offer both AP and IB) take IB courses I believe that lowers the 30 course requirement.
  • modestmelodymodestmelody Registered User Posts: 4,654 Senior Member
    Brown is very good about Financial Aid, UGHawkward, IME, so that's why I'd say it's really not worth what you lose by pushing to cut off a semester and not having that time here at Brown.
  • elpopeelpope Registered User Posts: 326 Member
    some people simply have parents who won't pay even though finaid expents them to though, hence big loans
  • modestmelodymodestmelody Registered User Posts: 4,654 Senior Member
    If someone is going to take on that kind of expense for 3.5 years because they think their education is worth it despite having parents I wouldn't mind giving a very serious piece of my mind to, they should realize the value of being here for the full term of university is worth the extra money which is just delaying payment a bit longer into your life, plain and simple.

    I'm on aid, but my parents also value education as much as I do.
  • smvsmv Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
    Proof that AP exams are nothing more than a way for the collegeboard to suck hundreds of dollars from high achieving students. They make it seem like you're going to save on tuition in college by taking the exams, but in the end, it makes very little sense to graduate early.
  • elpopeelpope Registered User Posts: 326 Member
    they're very useful for people who go to state schools which often have extensive requirements to graduate
  • modestmelodymodestmelody Registered User Posts: 4,654 Senior Member
    Yup-- I would have had 82 credits at BU if I went there effectively eliminating my core and allowing me to do a 5 year masters program there in 4.

    That would have been fine by me.
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