APs and math placement

<p>I'm kind of confused by the AP placement page. It says APs cannot be used for distribution requirements. So let's say a student gets a 5 on both sections of Physics C, for example. Are they now exempt from the physics requirement (for BSE students)? Or do they have to take two harder physics classes? This really wasn't clear.</p>

<p>Also, how good is Princeton about giving transfer credit for college classes taken in high school?</p>

<p>I hate to be annoying and bump a thread, but I'd really like this answered. Please?</p>

<p>From what I gathered, if you get a 5 on both, it gets u out of 1 physics class, meaning that you start taking the 2 level physics, but still must take at least 2 physics classes at Princeton for the req. </p>

<p>I also got the general impression from people that even if you get 5's on each, it's probably smart to not use the credit in physics because the class goes much deeper than that (wave mechanics, relativity, etc.)</p>

<p>My son received 5s on both AP Physics exams, and also a 5 on the Calc BC - and thus placed out of the physics 2 semester requirement, as well as 2 semesters of required math for the BSE track.</p>

<p>He DOES NOT need to take any more Physics for the basic engineering requirements, and only had 2 semesters of math left (which he's taken this year) for the basic engineering requirement.</p>

<p>The placing out takes care of those required courses, but does not give you credit for those courses - in other words, you still need to take the 36 courses for the BSE.</p>

<p>Hope this helps. We found it confusing too.</p>

<p>Thank you!!! So does advanced standing reduce the number of classes you are required to take total?</p>

<p>Advanced Standing is different. If you want to graduate in less than 4 years and you have enough AP credits that count in Princeton's system, you can apply for advanced standing -- meaning you do actually get credit for those courses and you become a second semester freshman or a sophomore via advanced standing. The Princeton website spells this out pretty clearly, I recall. Although tempting, there are lots of downsides to rushing through what can be one of the best times of your life ...</p>