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Should I take Calculus AB, or BC, Or Both?

Sci Fi geek 19Sci Fi geek 19 9 replies5 threads New Member
I'm an incoming junior looking at Ivy League colleges, and I want to know if I should take one or two AP math courses for admissions.
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 2814 replies64 threads Senior Member
    Which math classes have you taken previously, and how did you do in them? What do your teacher and guidance counselor suggest? Do you plan to major in a STEM field of study or something else?
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40493 replies7524 threads Super Moderator
    Nobody can answer your question without seeing your course catalog. Some high schools teach AB and BC as a sequence. Others offer AB or BC (where BC covers both AB and BC).

    Additionally, and going back to your other thread, no college will view one course in a vacuum. They will view how it fits in with the rest of your courses.
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  • Sci Fi geek 19Sci Fi geek 19 9 replies5 threads New Member
    MY school doesn't need a sequence. I can take either or.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40493 replies7524 threads Super Moderator
    What would you take for math as a senior if you take calc as a junior? Regardless, which to take depends on how your other classes balance out; you want to have your GC rate your schedule as most demanding while still being able to pull decent grades.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 80192 replies720 threads Senior Member
    If you will take calculus in 11th grade, you are likely a strong student in math who can take calculus BC, assuming that its prerequisite is precalculus and includes the AB material.

    Then in 12th grade, you could take a more advanced math course at a local college if that is available to you.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 1903 replies31 threads Senior Member
    Your current math teacher may be the best person to ask. If you are a strong math student, I would suggest BC. My D is bored to tears in AB this year as our school requires them sequentially.

    Things have probably changed over the years, but when I was in HS, about 2/3 of the honors math kids took BC and the others took AB. I took BC and the pace was fine, as it was for 90% of the class. But I also suspect that many who chose AB made the right choice also.

    A teacher who has observed you all year will know best.
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  • moonlitpoemsmoonlitpoems 22 replies1 threads Junior Member
    what about IB math?
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