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How many AP exams is it reasonable to take in one year without overwhelming myself?

Hey folks, just trying to plan out my junior year and I'm feeling a bit lost. What do you think is a manageable number of AP exams to take in one year? I really want to challenge myself but also don't want to burn out. How do you balance the workload?

8 months ago

Understanding your limits is key to academic success and mental health. The ideal number of AP exams depends on your other commitments and how confident you feel with the subject matter. Typically, students handle 2-3 AP classes and exams well, but some can manage 4-5 if they're not also juggling numerous extracurriculars or a part-time job.

Start by reflecting on how you've handled challenging coursework in the past. If you've been comfortable with honors classes and have good study habits, you might be more than prepared to take on multiple AP exams.

Remember, quality over quantity is important; colleges would rather see strong performance in fewer AP exams than mediocre results in many. To balance the workload, create a study plan that breaks down the material by week or month, and try not to procrastinate. It's okay to ask for help from teachers or tutors if you're struggling.

Your well-being should always come first, so listen to your body and mind. If you start feeling overwhelmed, it's essential to consider adjusting your course load.

8 months ago

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