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Taking DE calculus and AP Calc AB/BC at the same time

TheGreatGatsby7TheGreatGatsby7 5 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
edited August 18 in College Admissions
Hi,
I wanted to hear advises from the community about how I can set up my schedule most efficiently.
I am a junior, and I took Calc 1 over the summer right after my sophomore year, because I knew I won't be productive during summer without any classes, and also I wanted to have a job during my senior year and wanted to finish MVC before that.
I signed up for Calc 2 at local CC in the fall semester of my junior year of my high school.
However, I also had to sign up for AP Calc AB/BC (block schedule) at my high school, because other options were not my favorite (other electives I wasn't interested in)
Even though AP calc is most likely be easier since it repeats what I learned at CC, was it wise to sign up for AP calc?
Was taking high school courses (Calc 1 and Calc 2) at CC bad idea even if I wanted to accelerate my math curriculum?

Summer before jr year - Calc 1
Fall jr year - AP Calc AB and Calc 2
Spring jr year - AP Calc BC and Calc 3
Fall sr year - Diff/Linear algebra(if I have time)



Thank you so much.

edited August 18
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77784 replies678 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 18
    Rather useless to take the duplicating courses (unless you earned a D or F the first time). If you are concerned about future credit transferability of the college courses, you can take the AP calculus BC test after taking college calculus 2.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 38926 replies6879 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    was it wise to sign up for AP calc?
    No. For reasons @ucbalumnus stated.
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  • TheGreatGatsby7TheGreatGatsby7 5 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    ucbalumnus wrote: »
    Rather useless to take the duplicating courses (unless you earned a D or F the first time). If you are concerned about future credit transferability of the college courses, you can take the AP calculus BC test after taking college calculus 2.

    Though useless, I thought it would be better than taking courses that I'm definitely not interested in. What do you think of my thought?
    Also, do colleges care when I'm applying that I took duplicate courses with a higher level course at the same time?

    Thank you.

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  • skieuropeskieurope 38926 replies6879 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    What do you think of my thought?
    I think you're wasting a class. Not having access to your course catalog, I can;t say for sure, but I'm surprised that there is not a single course that you'd be interested in. I'm further surprised that you did not think through any potential issues when you decided to take calc 1 over the summer.
    do colleges care when I'm applying that I took duplicate courses with a higher level course at the same time?
    I think colleges will think the same thing as me.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77784 replies678 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    What courses are available to you?

    At worst, retaking courses you previously did well in looks like grade grubbing. So that could make your college application look worse than if you took nothing in place of the duplicating courses.
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  • TheGreatGatsby7TheGreatGatsby7 5 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    skieurope wrote: »
    What do you think of my thought?
    I think you're wasting a class. Not having access to your course catalog, I can;t say for sure, but I'm surprised that there is not a single course that you'd be interested in. I'm further surprised that you did not think through any potential issues when you decided to take calc 1 over the summer.
    do colleges care when I'm applying that I took duplicate courses with a higher level course at the same time?
    I think colleges will think the same thing as me.

    I totally agree with you. I thought about this problem too lightly. I just thought that I would get easy As on both AB/BC, and this way is beneficial to me.
    I want to clarify "I said I didn't interested in other courses." I meant the courses that I wanted to take for a second choice following Calc AB/BC was full, leaving me with the courses that I didn't think of taking.
    Would you rather take TA or Off-campus period than Calc AB/BC if you were me?
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  • TheGreatGatsby7TheGreatGatsby7 5 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    ucbalumnus wrote: »
    What courses are available to you?

    At worst, retaking courses you previously did well in looks like grade grubbing. So that could make your college application look worse than if you took nothing in place of the duplicating courses.

    I agree with you. Since my other options are probably full, would you rather take TA over Calc AB/BC?
    Thank you
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  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN 3345 replies11 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    So now can you put Spanish 3 back on your schedule? If the conflict you previously wrote about that is preventing you from taking Spanish is that you are taking the same math class twice, it seems like you could take one math class and maybe have time for the foreign language.
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  • TheGreatGatsby7TheGreatGatsby7 5 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    So now can you put Spanish 3 back on your schedule? If the conflict you previously wrote about that is preventing you from taking Spanish is that you are taking the same math class twice, it seems like you could take one math class and maybe have time for the foreign language.

    Yes. That would be my first option that I'm going to tell my counselor. But since it has been a week since school started, I am roughly sure that all the courses are pretty full.
    Do you have any advises on how to figure out this circumstance?
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77784 replies678 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    You now have space to take Spanish 3.
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