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'Research AP' - What's this about?

Hey folks, I've heard some chatter about a 'Research AP' but don't really know what it entails. Can someone fill me in on what this course is about and what it can offer me as a student?

3 days ago

Absolutely, happy to help! The 'Research AP' you've heard about is actually part of the AP Capstone program which is comprised of two courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. To get the AP Capstone Diploma, students must take both of these courses and receive a score of 3 or higher.

If we focus on AP Research specifically, this course is designed to allow students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of their own interest. It's essentially mirroring a college-level thesis or research project. You will design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question. This process includes writing a research paper of about 4,000-5,000 words, presenting your findings, and orally defending your research.

The AP Research course can be hugely beneficial. Not only does it provide solid experience in conducting independent research, but it can also give students an edge in college-level work and admissions, as it demonstrates ability in critical thinking, writing, research, and presentation skills. Plus, students might earn college credits for these rigorous AP courses.

If you have a certain area of interest (like Environmental Science or Sociology) and want to explore it in detail, AP Research could be a wonderful opportunity. Just remember that most successful applicants to top colleges take multiple AP classes and do well in them, so don't rush into a specific AP course without considering how it fits into your overall high school plan.

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