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What's the purpose of taking AP exams?

Might sound like I've been living under a rock, but can someone explain what AP exams are actually for? Like, do they help with college credits, admissions, or something else? A bit lost here with all these acronyms.

8 months ago

Hey there! No worries about feeling a bit lost; we all start somewhere! AP exams are essentially designed to assess a student's mastery of college-level curriculum in various subjects, which is presented in high school AP classes. The reason they're important is two-fold.

First, they can indeed help with college admissions, as they show colleges that you're challenging yourself academically by taking rigorous courses. Colleges often look favorably on students who push themselves with AP classes, as it suggests you're prepared for college-level work.

The second purpose is college credit. Many colleges and universities offer course credit for high AP exam scores, which can allow you to skip introductory courses and even graduate early, saving time and money. Each institution has its own policy regarding AP credits, so it's a good idea to check the specific colleges you're interested in to see what scores they accept for credit.

8 months ago

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