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what do i do if my school doesn't have AP classes?
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In my country AP classes don't exist so I can't take any. We only have regular classes that are still pretty hard, but I wanna go to college in the USA, and not taking AP classes affects my weight GPA. Is there anything I can do about that?

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6 months ago

Hi!

First, if you want to get a higher weighted GPA, you can see if your school has advanced or honours classes that are graded on a higher GPA scale. For example, many high schools in the USA grade honours classes on a 4.5 or 5 scale instead of the regular 4.0 scale. Doing well in these classes can bring your overall GPA above 4.0

I am no expert, but I have heard IB tests/curriculum as being an acceptable alternative to AP.

You may also consider taking college classes if that is allowed in your country. This will give you a similar feel to AP, as it will prepare you for a real college class and all the rigor and weight that comes with it.

Hope my answer helps and good luck!

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6 months ago

Yes there is something you can do about that! If you are willing to commit to it, I am pretty sure you can choose an AP course and study for the exam by yourself (without an official class). It is pretty easy to order a study guide (I recommend the Princeton Review) and use that as well as other materials to study for the exam. You can do this because you don't have to actually take the AP class in order to take that AP exam (although I would double check for your specific country). Also, don't forget to register to take the exam!

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6 months ago

My school doesn't have AP classes, so I took dual enrollment classes at local community colleges. The most important thing you can do is take the most rigorous courses available to you. That's not going to be AP in your case.

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