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Which APs to take?

AscarisAscaris 280 replies26 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
edited March 2012 in India
Hey guys. I want to take the APs in May and rack up a few credits before I head off to college but I have NO IDEA what any of the exams are or what to take. They seem to be multiple exams on Physics, Calculus, Computer Science, etc. I'm not sure whether to take all of them or just a few; I'm not even sure I can take all the calculus exams since they're all on the same day. Care to throw some advice my way? I know a few of you have taken the exams and the perspective of fellow Indians would be more empathetic.
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  • mechrockzmechrockz 214 replies52 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    No need to take Caluculus AB if you are taking Calculus BC as you will be provided with an AB sub score.
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  • AscarisAscaris 280 replies26 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    ...an AB sub score?
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  • HCaulfieldHCaulfield 142 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    An AB subscore...

    AB is a subset of BC...BC covers more topics. Your AB subscore is a grading of the AB topics that are covered in BC.
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  • mechrockzmechrockz 214 replies52 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    yeah Calculus BC covers the whole course of Calculus AB and some additional concepts .Based on the questions about concepts and topics involving AB you get an AB suc score and a BC score based on all questions.
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  • AscarisAscaris 280 replies26 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Oh. That's cool. But what about the three Physics tests?
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  • HCaulfieldHCaulfield 142 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Physics B---covers everything you'd have come across in 11th,12th

    Physics C Mech/ Elec and Mag live up to their name.

    Depends on which college you think you'll join really. Most recognize Physics C for their engineering programs.
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  • HCaulfieldHCaulfield 142 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Check the AP policy of your college, and then pick between the three Physics'
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  • AscarisAscaris 280 replies26 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Well I'm looking at UIUC right now and there's a course on mechanics and on electromagnetism in the second and third semesters respectively that I get credit hours for if I score a 4 or 5 in both the Physics C exams... so such I shall do. I do get credit hours for doing well on Physics B but I don't have to take those classes anyway so writing the exam is a bit pointless.
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  • HCaulfieldHCaulfield 142 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Check properly. Every univ has a credit policy...
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  • AscarisAscaris 280 replies26 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I did check, and decided I want to take both Physics C exams. I think you misread my post.
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  • HCaulfieldHCaulfield 142 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My bad...

    Go ahead and hope I helped :)
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  • Mrinal2207Mrinal2207 745 replies34 threadsRegistered User Member
    So, if I want to graduate in 3 yrs instead of 4, how many APs do I have to take??
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  • AscarisAscaris 280 replies26 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thanks for the assistance everyone :)

    One last question: is there a computer science AB test? I don't see it on the AP site.
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  • HCaulfieldHCaulfield 142 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Ascaris

    Computer Science AB is no longer administered...

    @Mrinal2207

    Depends really on the undergrad course you choose and if those APs will help you waive credits...It IS possible though. My Harvard interviewer was poised to graduate in 3 years thanks to her APs...she left the last sem pending and took a year studying in France...came back and then finished graduating.

    So, going by her example it IS possible...But here's the deal...in her case(she was an Eco/History joint concentrator) she attended Harvard which has the core-curriculum. The Physics/Bio/Art History APs she took she used to satisfy some core requirements while gunning away at her Economics...she was done in three, and then decided to take on the additional History and got away with it.

    I know I'm not being *very* helpful per se. But my point is, depends on the college you'll attend (some places simply dont accepts APs in some subjects. Stanford for instance, does not accept the English Writing AP) and the course you'll choose to major in (doesnt make sense to take the Chinese Culture AP unless you're majoring in it/can satisfy a core curriculum requirement).
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  • shrey228shrey228 154 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Does environmental science ever satisfy core requirements? or do all colleges think its a joke?
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  • Tizil7Tizil7 1640 replies46 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Why would you ever want to take environmental science unless you really care about the environment? It's just unnecessary buff - but only for top students. If you don't classify yourself as that type, there's no harm in another AP ;)
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  • HCaulfieldHCaulfield 142 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @shrey228

    Again, as I said in my reply to Mrinal...depends on the college. Credit policy varies from college to college.
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  • shreeman3shreeman3 20 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Hi !According to UMN AP credit policy, I will get 16 credits for Cal BC+Chem and 4 for Bio, Phy C each. At the moment I have decided that I should at least take Cal BC and Chem. Should I take any more APs ?.They are kinda expensive :/.
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  • tastyclestastycles 179 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    If you can get enough credit to graduate early, take more AP's. Otherwise you'll spend more on tuition anyway, so no point doing AP's at this stage.
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  • p25indiap25india 128 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Ascaris: As HCaulfied said, Credit Policies are different at all colleges!
    But for engineering, I think majority colleges will be giving credits to Calculus BC, Physics C both parts, , Chemistry, Biology(some colleges only)an mico-macro Economics.

    If you take Cal BC, no need to take AB- BC includes AB sub score, if you take Physics c both parts, no need to take Phy B.

    This is just my opinion! BTW, I have taken 6 APs. and they are not that difficult.

    @Shreeman3: They are expensive but if you look further ahead, they help you in saving money($!), when they get you credits! Of course you have to get a good score to get credit!
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