Is taking AP courses senior year worth it??

<p>My senior year I am supposed to take 4 AP courses, but I know that colleges will probably never see the score I get on the AP exams, and if they do it won't be an admission factor. I would be willing to take these 4 APs even if all they did was just see that I took them when they are deciding to admit me or not because I know that that will help my admission chances. I am not taking AP courses for the college credit, but rather for the rigorous course load. So, will colleges see the AP courses I am taking my senior year [before the admission process]??</p>

<p>If you have to take AP classes in any year, it's your senior year. Just showing that you're taking them is what colleges want to see.</p>

<p>Of course it's worth it, don't you want to try and get college credit?
That's the point of the AP program...</p>

<p>blackandyellow- That is not why I am taking the AP courses, I am doing to boost my admission chances and to try to get some type of scholarship.</p>

<p>You don't have to take the exam but I would take the class if I were you.</p>

<p>Take the classes. I took 7 my senior year and passed them all with 4s and 5s. Colleges do look at your senior year, and like to see that you're still keeping up the academic rigor. If they see that you're taking easy classes when you could be taking APs, they'll be a little turned off. And not only does it give you plus points in admission, when you get to college, it counts as credit! All my APs are paying off now with cutting out my general ed courses.</p>

<p>Or is it better to to take dual enrollment classes @ a local college(not a community college) as our public school system allows students to take classes @ SCSU, UNH or Yale...whats more beneficial.... AP's in senior year OR dual enrollment @ the schools listed above? maybe both can be done...or is that too much?</p>

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<p>I think dual enrollment @ Yale for the prestige factor would be better than AP.</p>

<p>Most colleges claim to look at the difficulty of your academic coursework, so they will like to see 4 AP courses.</p>

<p>Further, if you pass the tests, and get college credit, that is like winning scholarship money.</p>

<p>As a compromise, I suggest taking 2 or 3, rather than 4, but don't take zero.</p>

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<p>If the student eventually attends that college, then the dual enrollment course is likely to be more fully accepted than AP. If the student eventually attends a different college, then transfer of credit may differ. For some subjects, an actual college course may be better accepted than AP, but one has to be careful of courses like "calculus for business majors" and "physics for biology majors" which may not be accepted if the student wants to major in physics.</p>

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<p>Getting a 5 in a useful AP test is almost like getting a scholarship -- if you have enough useful AP credit, you can save money by graduating early, or use the extra schedule space for free electives later instead of freshman level courses.</p>