3 years ago

AP French or AP Com Sci for Self-study

This year, I'm going to be taking the following classes: AP Bio, AP Lang, AP World, AP Stats, Honors Pre-calc, and CIS (Honors, but if I get an A I get credit at my local college) French 4. I want to major in Chemical Engineering and minor in French (although the minor is subject to change, I just really enjoy the language).

I'm debating whether I should self-study AP French or AP Computer Science. I already know the basics of java (lead programmer on my robotics team) so I don't want to take the class and waste time on things I already know (If you think that AP Com Sci as a class would still be good for me to take, let me know). I think taking this AP exam would be a good way to show that I can code, outside of Technovation and Robotics.

On the other hand, I think a good score on the AP French exam on top of four years of French would also look good and might be easier. I have done really well in French 2 and 3 at my highschool (took French A and B in middle school). My school does not offer AP French as a class, but does offer a semester class of CIS French 5 I could take senior instead of AP Chem, although I think AP Chem is more important because of my intended major. I will be taking five AP classes senior year (Lit, Geo, Envir, Calc, Chem and honors Physics) so I am more inclined to self study this year. Last year, which I did entirely online, I got a 4 on the AP US History exam.

My main question is: Which exam score would be more beneficial? Or would it be best for me to focus on the AP classes I'm already taking and extracurriculars? Any other class advice you have for me is very welcome as I get ready to start junior year.


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2 years ago

I think that you should self-study for the AP French exam. The way I see it, CIS French 5 is not worth taking because AP Chem is so important, and AP Comp Sci is not worth it either because you can demonstrate your coding knowledge through ECs. AP French, however, would give you useful credit and it would likely be easy for you. I personally jumped into AP French after self-studying French in years prior and received a 4 on the exam - if you are passionate about the language, you will surely do well. Hope this helps!

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