Choosing AP classes with Giebien

Recorded Tuesday, March 16 at 12:30 AM

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How strategic should you be when choosing AP classes? Can you take a class just because you like it, or should you focus on courses that fit your major?

Don't fret — join Giebien as he walks through the process of choosing AP courses and provides insight into what you should prioritize. Stop by to ask a few questions or stick around the whole hour to learn everything you need to know about choosing AP courses.

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Undergrad College: Williams College '20

Work Experience: I first joined CollegeVine in the fall of 2016. Since then, I've worked as an essay and admissions consultant, SAT tutor, and hiring manager within the company. More recently, I've also advised hundreds of students in my livestreams, specializing in liberal arts colleges and standardized testing content.

My Admissions Story: I did almost everything wrong in my undergraduate applications, and I was never supposed to attend Williams. The fact that I did is the best thing that ever happened to me! I've learned a lot of tips over the years on what to do in your college applications, and I have ample first-hand experience of what not to do as well. But the biggest lesson of all? Don't let yourself stress too much about the admissions process. Things (somehow) found a way to work out for me in the end. They will for you, too!

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Giebien and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
1:06@anonymous:Are we having the webinar ?
1:52@anonymous:Good now
5:45@niya:i have to replace APES or AP Chem with physics... which should i get rid of and should i take AP physics?
9:59@mimi:Is there a corresponding CollegeVine article for this livestream?
13:08@niya:i have to replace APES or AP Chem with physics... which should i get rid of and should i take AP physics? - I want to do something health related in the future
13:11@anonymous:If you don't take a certain AP will colleges hold you against it?
16:35@niya:ive taken chem hn, bio hn, ap bio. i have no knowledge in physics
20:36@niya:what abt apes since i wanna do health
21:32@anonymousems:i know you are supposed to take almost all of the ap classes offered to you, but what if your school offers a ton? (ex. my school offers 30)
22:08@anonymous:In a day how long should you study for an ap chem exam
22:35@crazyblob:Is jumping from 0 Ap’s to 4 too dangerous
23:12@ajax-kris:Will small differences between you and a peer at your school (eg 11 aps vs 12 aps) impact you?
23:42@ajax-kris:what percentage of ap classes offered at your school should you take?
23:59@anonymousems:but if were supposed to take as many as we can per year wouldn't 6 be too much
24:45@ajax-kris:are there any classes where the difficulty of the class doesn’t correlate to the difficulty of the exam (eg the class is much easier than the exam or vice versa)?
25:18@ajax-kris:Is ap Lang or ap lit more applicable?
25:55@crazyblob:Priya, would not taking one of these classes, such as AP Physics, for a premed track hurt you?
25:55@mimi:Do top universities give credits for AP exams? Do you recommend to retake AP courses at top universities even if having 5 on the AP exams? Or how to best make use of AP scores/courses at top universities? How did you use your AP courses/exams at Williams?
28:08@ajax-kris:ap Lang/ap lit question. Which one is the most useful as a premed (if you were to pick one)?
28:27@anonymous:On a scale from 1-10 how much would you recommend Computer Science for someone who's not the best in computers and stuff but wants to go to an Ivy League school?
29:22@crazyblob:Priya sorry if this question is somewhat of a duplicate, but would it look like I’d be avoiding physics if I was taking a high level orchestra class in replacement?
30:43@anonymous:On a scale from 1-10 how much would you recommend AP Computer Science for someone who doesn't have much experience in that subject?
31:27@ajax-kris:how beneficial is ap music theory if you want to minor in theatre. how difficult is this class and how much proficiency do you need in music theory?
32:57@anonymous:Is it a lot of work for AP art?
33:21@mimi:Can we still register for AP exams if I miss the register deadline with my high school?
34:23@anonymous:Would you suggest AP comp sci or AP Spa? My son will probably study comp sci in college, but he thinks it’s best to finish off Spanish in high school (Spanish 4) and then take comp sci latet.
35:32@anonymous:Omg ...AP Comp Sci vs AP Sanish (Spanish 4)
37:11@crazyblob:Do you regret not taking the test?
38:09@anonymous:Which ap exams do you recommend for self study? Thanks
39:01@anonymous:Thanks Priya, he has taken coding classes and is super adept on the computer.
41:00@ajax-kris:At my school, AP Bio requires two periods whereas APES only requires one. I’m interested in being a premed but also want to be able to take two electives or have a free period (AP Bio would only allow an elective or a free period not two electives or combination). Which one should I take and is any one a better choice?
41:04@anonymous:AP Art history is difficult since it's only 63%?
41:50@mimi:Can you share the link that lists the correction % in order to get 5 in exam AP exam? I guess each AP exam's correction rate for 5 is different.
42:15@amallios:My school offers a lot of AP classes (25) and I am thinking about taking AP World History: Modern, AP Computer Science Principles, and AP Environmental Science. Do you think this is a good workload based on your experience?
43:45@amallios:Any tips for doing well in AP classes?
45:35@mimi:Can you share the link of AP exam pass rate?
45:44@ajax-kris:is it better to get an A- in an ap class/4 on an ap exam for a certain subject or get an A in a regular class of the same subject (eg AP Lang vs regular English)
51:38@mimi:Do you recommend to take AP exams that are not related to the future major at college? Any advantage? As to AP exams at high school senior year, besides earning college credits, is there any other reason to take AP exams at senior year?
52:20@amallios:To get into a highly selective college, how many AP classes do you recommend taking each year of high school? What if i didnt take one as a freshman?
54:00@amallios:What if I don't know what career I want to pursue yet? I know colleges want to see AP classes that reflect what you want to do, but is it the end of the world?
54:17@mimi:Who can take AP exams? Can a college student take AP exams?
60:05@anonymous:My school offer ap physics, ap calculus at grade12, is it too late? Should I self study and take them in grade 11?
61:03@stemcurious:I am planning for pre-med track in college and I want to take AP psych at my school. But the teacher is very hard and doesn't give out As easily. So do you think I can take it in senior year assuming I can maintain 4.0 till end of junior year?
61:28@amallios:If you want to get into a highly selective college, do B's and B+'s in AP classes look bad if you have A's in everything else?
62:19@anonymous:do the UK uni require 5s on 3 APs to be equivalent to A grades for A levels
63:45@anonymous:thank you for your help and advice!


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