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Questions about AP exams?

amazingme17amazingme17 Registered User Posts: 183 Junior Member
edited March 2011 in Emory University
I'm still waiting to hear back from 6 schools, but as of right now, there's probably a 90% chance I'll be going to Emory next year, and I have some questions concerning their AP exam policies. Sophomore and junior year, I took AP exams for all of the AP classes I took those years, but this year, I didn't want to do that, since cost is going to be much more of an issue this year (and because soph and junior year, I didn't have much of an idea of where I wanted to attend college yet). This year, I have taken/am taking AP Calc AB/BC, AP Euro, AP Lit and Comp, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Gov., and I'm planning to go to medical school in the future. My original plan was to take only the AP Calc BC exam this year, but that was when I naively thought I would only have to have bio, English, calc, physics, foreign language, and chemistry classes to graduate. I now know about all the different requirements, including history, humanities, and phys ed requirements, and since I have until Monday to turn in all my money for AP exams, I am reconsidering my original decision to opt out of the Euro, Macro, and Gov exams.

I have a few questions:
1) The first year writing requirement can be satisfied using a 4 in AP Lang. and Comp., right? I read somewhere that it could, but the thread a few years old if I remember correctly, so I just wanted to make sure the policy hadn't changed.
2) Would a 4 on the APUSH exam fulfill one of the history or humanities requirements? Would AP Euro, Macro, and/or Gov fulfill the other(s)? Out of those three, which particular exams would fulfill which graduation requirement?
3) As someone who plans to pursue a career in the medical field, if I get a 4 or 5 on the AP Calc BC exam this year (and I have a 4 on the AP Stats exam which I took sophomore year), does that mean I won't have to take any more math courses ever again? I've looked on several medical schools' websites, and they gave a math requirement of just 2 years of calculus, but I just want to be sure.

Thank you very much! =)
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Replies to: Questions about AP exams?

  • collegestu816collegestu816 Registered User Posts: 238 Junior Member
    1) The first year writing requirement can be satisfied using a 4 in AP Lang. and Comp., right? I read somewhere that it could, but the thread a few years old if I remember correctly, so I just wanted to make sure the policy hadn't changed.

    Yes, a 4 or 5 in either Lang or Lit will give you credit for Eng 101 or 181, respectively, both of which satisfy the FWRT GER.
    2) Would a 4 on the APUSH exam fulfill one of the history or humanities requirements? Would AP Euro, Macro, and/or Gov fulfill the other(s)? Out of those three, which particular exams would fulfill which graduation requirement?

    APUSH and Euro will only get you elective credit, and won't fulfill any GER. Macroecon and Govt (either US or Comp), on the other hand, will each fulfill 1 semester the HSC GER.
    3) As someone who plans to pursue a career in the medical field, if I get a 4 or 5 on the AP Calc BC exam this year (and I have a 4 on the AP Stats exam which I took sophomore year), does that mean I won't have to take any more math courses ever again? I've looked on several medical schools' websites, and they gave a math requirement of just 2 years of calculus, but I just want to be sure.

    Yes and no, depending on which med school you're looking at, as they have varying requirements. Some med schools will require or recommend 1 or 2 semesters of calc, and others will require or recommend at least 1 semester of stats. Most however will accept some sort of AP credit, and won't look down at AP if it's in a subject outside the basic science prerequisites. However, a few med schools don't take any AP credit at all so you would be limiting your choices down a bit. Most pre-meds coming in with AP calc credit and want to be safe will either: a) forfeit the credit and take Math 111/112 or 115/116 b) or use the credit to take upper level math classes to fulfill math requirements (like multivariable or diff. eq).

    On a side note, pre-meds that have AP science credit should DEFINITELY forfeit the credit or take an upper level science in place of the intro course since med schools WILL look down own using AP to skip intro science course, as they are the core requirements for med school.
  • amazingme17amazingme17 Registered User Posts: 183 Junior Member
    @collegestu816
    Thank you very much! That was a really thorough and informative response. I was never considering trying to use AP credits to place out of intro lvl science courses, but the information you gave me about the social studies courses and calc/stats was very, very helpful. =)
  • ilikepizzailikepizza Registered User Posts: 507 Member
    is it smart to exempt the intro chem class (I got a 4 on ap chem)? I probably wont go to med school just nursing school. do intro science tend to be weed out classes? I want to major in nursing (is that premed?) or some other science major. Also, for PE placement, how does that work and is there a swimming test?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Nursing has a whole different set of requirements. It's technically much less rigorous than pre-med (at least in terms of U-Grad pre-reqs. They even have a special orgo. class designed for nursing students)The intros. are hard, but not really designed as weedouts like other schools (including top 20s). The sections are a lot smaller than those at larger schools and peers. Given this, the profs. are more accessible, and tend to put more emphasis into making the students in the class successful. Averages in the intro. courses are actually pretty reasonable, even in harder profs. sections. Given this, you should be able to well.
    Also note that AP Chem will only exempt chem. 141 and not 142, the second portion of the sequence. If you are pre-nursing student seriously into science and also are a brave soul, then Soria's orgo. class could work (though he may want a 5 now). If you're not really into chem, I don't recommend this, it's really hard, harder than sophomore sections, even Weinschenk's in many cases. If you are the latter case, just take 142. It isn't that bad.
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