General question about APs

<p>Im a junior. Hi, there were some AP classes I REALLY wanted to take this year that didn't fit in my schedule :( I often times wish there were more class periods in a day, while the school day was still 8 hours haha.
I'm applying to more selective schools:
MIT, Stanford, UPenn, UMich, JHU, Emory, Columbia, CMU, Princeton, among others (you get the idea. I'm applying to many programs as I have to many interests and I would be happy in any of them. I like math to CS to economics to philosophy to art history)</p>

<p>This year, I really really wanted to take AP computer science, AP chemistry, AP Art History, AP psychology, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP French, AP English, AP Calc. I'm not going to be able to take most these my senior year, again, from scheduling issues.</p>

<p>I go to one of the most rigorous schools in tr country/world. Ranked 2nd in independent prep schools in the country. </p>

How would it look if I took these tests without the class? do they add to a college app? Do they seem like I had an interest, or does it show a "I'm only good at test-taking", or that "I'm trying to hard. No genuine interest."
Also, how does online classes, like AoPS or CTYonline help? What If I took an AP CTY course? How could that demonstrate my interests? Thanks.</p>

<p>There comes a point where each additional AP class brings you less and less return. Especially if it’s all you have on your application. </p>

<p>You might see if there’s some other hole in your application where the time would be better spent on ECs - a sport, doing a subject in depth, doing a special project, etc. In other words, something that makes you stand out, not look like every other drone that applies to those schools.</p>

<p>^^ I agree. Do well in whatever you take, chill and enjoy high school too</p>

<p>Not all of the APs are of equal value in getting advanced placement and subject credit in college. You may want to check each college’s web site about AP advanced placement and subject credit to see which are the more useful ones, if you have a choice.</p>