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Best AP exams for a prospective Computer Science major?

As a junior looking into majoring in computer science, I'm wondering which AP exams would strengthen my application. Anybody out there with experience who can suggest the AP exams most relevant for a computer science pathway?

8 months ago

Hello there! It's fantastic that you're looking ahead and planning for your prospective major. As someone who guides students frequently on this path, I'd suggest focusing on AP exams that demonstrate a strong foundation in math and science. AP Calculus AB or BC is highly recommended, as computer science often involves complex algorithms and requires a solid understanding of mathematical concepts. AP Computer Science A is, of course, a natural choice as it delves into programming and problem-solving skills fundamental to the field. If your school offers it, AP Computer Science Principles could be another complementary course as it covers a broader range of computer science topics. Other helpful AP subjects may include AP Statistics, which is useful for data science, and AP Physics, particularly if you're interested in hardware or robotics. Successful completion of these AP exams can showcase your readiness for the rigorous coursework you will encounter in a computer science degree program.

8 months ago

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