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I am on track to get a B+ by the end of the year in AP Calc AB, and as a freshman it's quite stressful. It'll be extremely hard for me to push my grade up to an A-...my parents say that I must devote all my time to calc now and get the A- because top colleges will overlook me due to this B+. I get easy As in all my other classes, but I also don't really have much else to put to the table at the moment, as a large portion of my life so far has been spent on soccer...consistent injuries mean that this might not work out for me. Is it true that my chances reduce drastically when I apply to top colleges such as MIT? Is all the extra time I might spend worth the A- which isn't even guaranteed?

Thanks.

Thanks.

## Replies to: Does getting a B+ in AP Calculus Freshman Year drastically reduce my chances?

3,762Senior Member73,064Senior Member1,040Senior Member13New Member88Junior Member39,579Super Moderator2,367Senior Member5,036Senior Member13New MemberIt takes a while for me to grasp the Calculus concepts, but then I just mess up on algebra or silly stuff most of the time. No matter how hard I try, I always make small mistakes even after checking my work...

My teacher hand-writes all of his tests, so the questions differ quite a bit from the textbook. It requires more in-depth thinking than a lot of Calc AB classes I believe.

127Junior MemberAt this point, just do your best. One B grade in a senior course taken as freshman is not going to alter admission outcomes at MIT or any other top 20. Now don’t go on taking MVC or Linear Algebra, just because they are part of sequence. Take Stats and CS to keep a math course but not mess up GPA and rank.

39,579Super Moderator12,219Forum Champion4,723Senior MemberThe issue is that calculus depends a LOT on algebra, trigonometry, and precalculus. If your foundation is not very solid, then calculus is going to be quite difficult. If your foundation is very solid, then calculus is actually relatively easy, at least if you are very good at math.

Another issue is that calculus is something that you are going to use a lot in future work, at least in the "TEM" part of STEM and in physics.

Finally, I don't understand what math you intend to take for the next three years of high school.

2,968Senior MemberI am wondering what the plan is also. Might there be more Bs ahead if this student continues in advanced math? Will MIT like it if there is no more math after this year?

30,654Senior MemberYes, a tippy top will see the B. And wonder why you took this class now, what thinking. Plus, to continue rigor, you're going to need to a) find those classes and b) pick up the more basic knowledge (and comfort level) you're missing. You need some remedial in algebra. No, stats and CS will not satisfy tippy top adcoms. They expect a progression.

On top of that, you're naming MIT and I'll bet you know very little about that college, what they want, what it takes.

Best luck. But read up, inform yourself, learn what holistic and stretch mean and how each college target has it's own spin. And improve the algebra.