Should I contact a admissions counselor at my dream school?Answered
All honors English classes at my school are available for dual credit, so my teacher brought up the point that for credit an AP class is pretty useless because you can get it in honors and not have to pay to take the exam or take an exam in the first place. The reason I want to take AP classes is for admissions since I want to go to a selective school. Should I reach out the the admissions counselor at my dream school and ask them? Is that even something they can answer?
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I definitely think you should reach out to an admissions counselor at the college you are aiming for! As for the second question, I think most schools can answer that question. Some majors at a school specify which classes you might need/want to graduate. For example, If your major is, say "pre-med", you probably don't need to take a Latin class/credit to graduate. Regardless of whether you need it or not, it still looks appealing to schools if you have AP classes on your transcript. Hope that helps! :)
For the question about contacting a college admissions counselor, I think it depends on which school you ask and what your question is. I emailed the Columbia Admissions office a few weeks ago and it was just a vague response. I had emailed them a second time and I gotten the same exact response they sent me the first time, which means that they just sent me a pre-typed answer. But then again, you could have a completely different outcome than me, since it depends on the question you ask and which school you’re asking.
If you think you will do well on the AP Exam then you should take AP. It looks better for colleges and a lot of schools will accept credit for it. If you don't think you will do well on the exam (4 or 5) then don't take AP.
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