AP classes vs AP tests

<p>I'm currently a junior in high school and this year I'm studying abroad in Europe. I want to apply for very competitive schools as a senior and I realized that I'm totally missing out on AP classes this year :(</p>

<p>I've actually taken three AP tests already: Calc BC, Physics C, and German, with pretty good scores. However, I know that colleges look for AP classes on your transcript and I currently have none... just how many AP classes AND tests should I take as a senior to be sufficient? Does it look bad if you've taken very few (or even none), but have good AP test scores anyway?</p>

<p>You can take a few AP classes online for credit.</p>

<p>I think UCI and UCCP partnered up to offer some online APs.</p>

<p>Apex, EPGY, and CTY offer some other AP classes.</p>

<p>AP tests don't matter nearly as much as the classes.</p>

<p>You can take the tests without actually taking the class.
Self-study</p>

<p>i think the OP knows he/she can take online classes and self study but he's just wondering if it hurts him not to take the classes.</p>

<p>I think colleges are more preoccupied with you taking the class rather than just taking the test. They want to see that you challenged yourself during the school year. However with that said ,it is not seen as favorable to take the class but not the test.</p>

<p>^ What about studing APs not offered at your school</p>

<p>Well It is seen as an extra effort. </p>

<p>I just want to make the point that one should take the most challenging courses available to one.</p>

<p>^ I decided to choose debate over comp sci AP while taking the rest the hardest schedule given...is that bad?</p>

<p>Of course not, there is nothing wrong with that. We are humans too..lol As long you did not fill your schedule with easy classes, you should be fine. A plus if debate a is major interest for you.</p>

<p>Yah I was alittle worried check my schedule out and tell me what u think
English 10 Honors
Alg 2 Honors
Chinese 3 (jumping a year when i study abroad this summer)
Chem 2 Honors (semester class)
Physics 2 Honors (semester class)
Biology (Required <em>eww</em> and no honors given)
World History (only history given to sophomores :/ not even honors)
Debate</p>

<p>planning to self study AP world history, euro, and human geography</p>

<p>Do not worry a thing. you have a GREAT schedule. Good luck and continue the hard work.</p>

<p>alrighty thank you for relieving me of stress and headache :P</p>

<p>No problemo!</p>

<p>Studying abroad totally pwns taking AP :\ I'd kill to be where you are lol</p>

<p>haha thanks, but Im just curious will colleges understand that taking ap courses wasnt really possible until senior year? i mean im still taking a bunch of tests</p>

<p>^ yes of course , everyone is evaluated in relation to what is available to them. They take into consideration what school you attend.</p>

<p>someone said that it is looked at poorly if you take the class but not the test, however, does this apply if you are a senior. for example, i dont want to take ap physics because i dont think ill be able to do well enough to get credit, and also, i dont want to get credit and have to take a high level physics class, also, i will need physics for my major anyway.</p>

<p>I have a feeling that's not so much of a problem as long as it's not the case with ALL of your AP courses. I think colleges want to see that you took challenging classes more than a mixed bag of test scores. I mean besides, some people don't take the tests because they're expensive to sign up for.</p>