AP vs. College Courses

<p>Sophomore here.</p>

<p>Currently, I am self-studying some APs and then simply taking the test without the class (I plan on doing Calculus 3/Linear Algebra in my Junior year). However, that would mean that I would not get the weighted GPA normally included in the AP courses of AP Calculus AB/BC. So would colleges view weighted GPA over difficulty of course or vice versa?</p>

<p>More college courses means less APs which in turn is less GPA due to it not being weighted. </p>

<p>tl;dr: College classes (still straight As) or weighted GPA?</p>

<p>I want to say colleges would definitely realize the college level classes are more rigorous than APs, and weight them accordingly - there's a reason why there's a section for them in your application. If not, it would be unfair to all the students who have gone beyond AP level work - trust me, it's not just you (there were 3 freshmen in my calc BC class last year who will be moving on in a CC). You also get college and high school credits. Just my two cents~</p>

<p>Okay, thank you very much.</p>

<p>A true college course should be weighted as much as or more than an AP course, especially since many AP courses are slower pace (e.g. covers in a year what a college would cover in a semester) or less rigorous versions of freshman college courses.</p>

<p>If you take college sophomore math, try to complete all of multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations, since many schools arrange the courses differently, which may cause you to have to partially repeat courses if you do not take all of them. In particular, many semester system schools combine linear algebra and differential equations in one course, so if you take only one of them because they are divided into two courses at your community college, you may have to retake the whole course.</p>