Should I take AP compsci AB instead of A?

<p>Should I take AP compsci AB instead of A? </p>

<p>I'm in a class that's aiming for the A test however. But i want to excell. Problem is, i don't have too much time but i can mange i think. Does AB take a lot more time than A to prepare? I took compsci regular C++ last year and i'm fairly decent at programming already. I have the barrons book.</p>


<p>bump, dang, posts disappear in a second now...................</p>

<p>AB goes into much more depth with things like circular link lists and hashing and things of that nature. the A exam stops much earlier in terms of required content. It's all up to you.</p>

<p>The curve for AB is more tolerant...
I decided to aim at the top - AB. I studied an year and a half C++ (oop for less than 1 semester), and took a look at a comp sci AP prep book for a weekend.
At the actual test, the multiple choice questions were REALLY easy (compared to the ones in the prep book). Only about 10 were harder and involved complex going through loops and binary trees.
The Student Produced seemed very easy, but since i did not have much experience with java, I had some problems declaring objects and other syntax, and it took me some time to look in the ref booklet.</p>

<p>I received my scores in September (i got a letter in July in which it said it was delayed).
I was satisfied. Now I am applying to uni's - my ED choice - lehigh does not care A or AB (just like many others), and think I would have been better off with a 5 in A.
One thing to consider - Harvard gives credit only for a 5 only in AB ;)</p>

<p>By the way the book I had was very nice - it was written mainly by a woman AFAIR.</p>