( 10 grade) I didn't do anything in my freshman year of high-school, so I am taking AP courses this year. My school is a small classical school that isn't recognized by the College board; I was wandering if I could buy books from the college board and be self-taught or get a tutor. Im not too informed on how the system works and if I need multiple books for one course.
Yes, you can absolutely do this!! I would recommend taking a course close that your school offers (for example, regular psychology for AP psych) and then purchasing the books and review that way. There are usually pdf copies of the books online for free as well, so I'd check that out before spending any money. Paid online classes and YouTube are also options. I took AP English Lang online and got a 4 on my exam, so it definitely works for some people :) Hope this helps, good luck!!
Hi. Just a brief background information about me. I took 7 AP exams and will probably take 4 more AP exams this year (senior year). I know it's not that many compared to other kids from competitive schools, but at our school, I think I took the most AP exams among my classmates. Therefore, I might be able to give realistic advice.
From experience, I would not advice you to take any of the physics AP courses by self-studying. Most of my younger friends took AP Physics 1 and got really really low scores even when they had tutors (and even the ones that are academic).
Basically, I took every STEM AP courses except AP Physics C (which I am taking this year), and they are hard. Even with a school teacher, I had to spend a lot trying to understand the concept.
Now I think of it, I think I took AP courses that are especially hard to self-study, so maybe I won't be that useful. The "easiest" AP course that I have taken so far is AP Psychology. Although people say it is "easy," I personally don't think it is as easy as people say. There is a lot to memorize, so if you are not really motivated, nothing goes into your mind. I'm taking it right now, so I don't have much to say about this, but this is my thought. If you have time and you are really determined and if psychology has to do with your major, take AP Psychology. If you don't have much time and you are not as confident, then don't.
History AP courses are very hard as well. The two AP English courses are known to be hard to self-study (I mean, extremely), so avoid that.
I have given you information on what not to take (except AP Psychology), so hopefully this was helpful. Ask any question, and I will try to answer.
I would recommending checking websites that tell you which AP courses are easy to study and which are hard. I think those are reliable.
Ones with a hyphen are the ones I recommend personally.
Computer Science Principles (2.6)
Psychology (3.2) -
Human Geography (3.9) -
Environmental Science (4.1) -
US Government and Politics (4.3) -
Computer Science A (4.3)
Macroeconomics (4.6) -
Microeconomics (4.7) -
Honsetly, though, even the easiest AP course will be harder than regular courses. Know that these are AP courses, and although I am sure if you are motivated, you will be able to get a good score, but please just keep that in mind.
Yes, 100%. You don't even need to take the class to take the exam (so that homeschooled students or those without access are able to as well). Check to see your nearby schools for areas that are recognized by College Board to see where your testing centers are, and register early next year. Good luck on those AP exams!
Hope that helps!
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