Penn AP Policy

<p>Penn</a> Admissions: Advanced Placement Policy</p>

<p>Well I looked up Penn's AP policy and plan on doing the AP test for all the subjects that give me a credit unit (c.u.). Is that what everybody's doing? </p>

<p>But I'm concerned about this part

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Please note that in several instances departmental evaluations have changed from previous years, and that all of these policies remain under ongoing review, and are subject to change without notice.

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Anyone know how often these actually change? Cause I'd hate to study for an AP test that will be worthless. </p>

<p>And what's up with Compsci having A and AB... wasn't that changed years ago?</p>

<p>I don't know of anybody who just took every possible AP test that would give credit.. realistically those AP tests are pointless if you aren't planning to use them to test out of the language requirement or to graduate early. Some departments accept AP credit for introductory courses, but most just treat AP credit as free electives.</p>

<p>Actually, that brings up a good question.... How useful are these credits anyways? I think I'd much rather take electives than use these "credits," since I actually want to do some things with my college education lol. So are AP "credits" useless other than for what chrisw said about the language requirement/graduating early? I don't plan on doing either (want to take chinese and... I'm not graduating early lol). </p>

<p>Was going to take lit and comp sci... but I guess not? :D</p>

<p>Well, if you're in a particularly difficult major (BBB comes to mind) that requires a lot of courses, AP credits can help you ease your courseload. For example, if you do BBB, you will need 36.5 c.u. to graduate (I think it's 36.5... could be 36). That means that if you do the bare minimum you will need to take 5 c.u. for four semesters, 4 c.u. for three semesters and 4.5 c.u. for one semester. If you have a few AP credits, however, you would be able to reduce your courseload for some semesters. Having just one AP credit allowed me to take only three courses during first semester senior year and then graduate a semester early... and that was just awesome since I did NOT want to take more than three courses while going through OCR haha</p>

<p>Wow, thanks for the reply chris, really helpful. :D</p>

<p>where do we find out the specific requirements for our school? i can't find anywhere online what the distribution requirements are exactly such as how many semesters of history you have to take</p>

<p>Look at your school's website for graduation requirements. You will find the info there</p>