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Should I take more APs junior or senior year?


Replies to: Should I take more APs junior or senior year?

  • IAmNotCreativIAmNotCreativ Registered User Posts: 801 Member
    edited August 11
    What classes are you planning on taking senior year?
    Based on your prospective schedule and interest in STEM, I would recommend:
    IB Film Studies HL
    IB English HL
    IB Math HL
    IB Physics SL
    IB Mandarin SL
    IB History SL
    Digital Art

    I would reccpmend taking an easier senior year load, with 3 HLs and one or two SLs. You will be plenty busy with college apps.
  • SybyllaSybylla Registered User Posts: 1,541 Senior Member
    edited August 11
    Assuming english and history are mandatory HLs, and you take math, the APs are a way to fill in the gaps if you are a stem kid. The film must be a real passion if you are aimed at stem, as most IBD kids would do their 4th HL in science or a second science (as HL math is only for the very mathy. Even quite strong math kids do SL and then BC calc/ap stats over HL math)
  • maggie20mtmaggie20mt Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    @gardenstategal That's very helpful. Thank you for responding and helping me out a lot! I just don't want to run out of the easier, but weighted classes to take after Junior year. I was thinking about saving the easy class for Senior year. I have already taken all the other easy, but weighted classes during my lower classmen years.
  • maggie20mtmaggie20mt Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    @sybylla History isn't a mandatory HL for me. I really don't want to take two sciences at the same time because I am afraid of the workload; therefore, I chose the more common science, Biology, and a 6th subject that isn't notoriously hard or anything, IB Film. Also, I am confused about HL Math because at my school I think that HL Math is AP Calc junior then BC Calc+AP Stat senior. Is that not how it works??
  • maggie20mtmaggie20mt Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    @IAmNotCreativ Thanks! How should I go about taking an easier senior year load when I want to take all weighted classes to keep my weighted GPA up, but I already took all the easy, non-AP weighted classes (with the exception of Digital Art)??
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 3,177 Senior Member
    Colleges look at unweighted grades. The only reason to try to get a higher weighted GPA is because you're concerned about rank. But colleges are just looking for top performers, not necessarily the ones who gamed the system to be val.
  • maggie20mtmaggie20mt Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    @gardenstategal None of the other unweighted classes really stand out to me. Therefore, I would rather choose a weighted class than an unweighted class if both have choices that are not interesting to me. I just want one class each year that will give me a break from all my other AP and IB classes. But, I think that I might save the one easy class for senior year, and take an AP as the one elective that I get to choose this year.
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