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Are AP classes considered much harder than honors?

Hey guys, I've been hearing a lot of conflicting information about the difficulty of AP classes compared to honors. For someone who has taken both, can you say if AP classes are significantly harder? Trying to plan my junior year schedule without overloading myself.

7 months ago

Absolutely, I'm glad to see you're giving this thoughtful consideration! In general, Advanced Placement (AP) classes are indeed considered more challenging than honors courses. They're designed to simulate the rigor of college-level courses and cover a broader and more in-depth curriculum.

Part of the reason AP classes are seen as tougher is because they culminate in a standardized exam that can potentially earn you college credit, depending on your score and the college's policies. When planning your junior year schedule, it's vital to balance between challenging yourself academically and not overwhelming yourself. If you have a particular subject that you excel at and enjoy, taking the AP version can be a great way to demonstrate academic rigor to colleges.

Remember, it's about quality over quantity. It's better to do well in a mix of AP and honors classes than to take on too much and not perform as well. Consider your outside commitments, like extracurricular activities and personal responsibilities, when deciding how many AP courses to take.

Consult with teachers and your school counselor to figure out the best mix for you—they can offer insights based on your past performance and current workload.

7 months ago

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