I took the highest classes throughout high school, but I had dropped them since I struggled and was a slow test taker. As a second semester Junior, I got A's in Micro and Macro- the only APs I've taken so far. I also learned a lot about school and studying, although I still have to really improve my test taking speed.
Btw I haven't taken the ACT yet but will, so I plan on only applying ED to Lake Forest College, which doesn't require ACT. If they don't accept me (I think my chances are very good, almost definite though), I'd apply RD (can I?) to other colleges.
I stopped playing chess after reaching expert, so I was originally planning to finish studying my chess opening repertoire "project" (and endgames) and to play in big tournaments next summer to reach national master. (How much would national master help for med school admissions?) Then, I thought about adding Stats to just Calc AB. Now, I'm really leaning towards taking a bunch of APs (maybe 4-5, including Calc BC) and studying very hard so I can learn as much as possible (not worrying too much at all about grades), and forgetting about my chess project; but I could still get to national master by playing in small tournaments throughout the school year and over next summer.
Is the last option a good idea? If I were to do the last option, should I take the AP exams for all the AP classes? Or is it too late for me to "rack up" a bunch of AP credit? I may be wrong, but my reasoning is that if I get more AP credit, I'd risk having a poor foundation from the AP classes if I take higher level classes in college (but would it look a little better on med school applications to have more AP credit?) Or, I could take the AP exam only for Calc BC, and not for my other AP classes but still get a good foundation from those classes. I tend to think that saving money from AP credit isn't an issue at all for my family. I'm also curious, will I lack time/space to take higher level classes if I don't have a lot of AP credit (compared to some of my friends, at least)?