AP Credits

<p>I'm really confused on how AP credits work. Say that when I go to college I'll be a biology major.. If I have an AP US History credit would that count anywhere toward my requirements or would that have any impact on reducing tuition? I'm just trying to see if it is worth taking an AP test in a class that will have nothing to do with what I plan to study in college. Thanks!</p>

<p>It depends entirely on the college. Many (most?) colleges will award credit towards core curriculum requirements for a score of 4 or 5 on the relevant exam. So if you got a 4 or 5 on AP US History, you likely would not have to take the similar class at college.</p>

<p>If you get enough of those credits to graduate a semester or two early, then yes, it will save you money.</p>

<p>Do I have to take a similar class in college?</p>

<p>It totally depends on the college's general requirements. Once you choose the college you will attend, find the gen. ed. requirements for your possible major and also find the college's info. on transferring the AP credits (whether a 4 or 5 on the exam is needed). Definitely take all AP exams, and then send your scores in July when they are released (you have to call the college board # on back of score sheet --can't do it online like the SAT scores). You may or may not need another similar course, so it's a "wait and see". But take the exam for sure.</p>

<p>some less selective colleges will even give you college credit for a 3. Almost every college lists there AP policies on their website. Certain policies may make one college much more attractive to you than another college, if you did well on AP tests. For example, one college may give you two courses worth of credit for chemistry, while another will only give one course of credit. Some colleges only allow a person to enter with a certain maximum amount of AP credits, while others have no maximum. </p>

<p>Yes, you can save much money with AP credits - particularly if you consider the income that you can make instead of taking an 8th semester of college.</p>