2 years ago
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Should I take Spanish V AP or Econ AP?

I am currently a sophomore taking Spanish IV Honors. Next year I plan to take Physics C AP, Calculus AB AP, Cybersecurity GT (GT is gifted and talented; it gives you a 1.0 GPA boost), World History AP, and English AP.

I have one slot left. Should I take Spanish V AP or Econ AP?

I currently take Spanish IV Honors. Would colleges count that and exempt me from taking a World Language in college?

Which one should I take? Would another AP course be a little too much?

Is it necessary to take World Language in college?

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@arpk442 years ago

Thank you for the advice! I have heard from other individuals that AP Math and Science was difficult.

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a year ago

Most colleges have a world language requirement, but they will exempt you from it if you have gathered enough credits in high school, (which, in most cases, you would be exempt. However, this is college-specific, and you can always check online). Your schedule seems pretty heavy already, so, I, personally would not take another AP, but that's just me. With how many difficult classes you are taking, I might also consider a study hall- it won't change your GPA like another class of a lower grade might, but it will give you a bit of a break. In my experience, AP English and AP World History weren't too bad, but I have found AP math and science to require much more time to study and work on. The course difficulty will vary based on your personal experience, of course, but I suppose my best advice all in all is to a) take in consideration the workload you have been able to handle in the past and b) consider which of these two classes will better apply to what you want to do in college.

2 years ago[edited]

It depends on your major and what schools you want to apply to. Typically schools look for 2 years/credits of the same foreign language but the requirement is different for each school and may change depending on your major.

Some colleges, like Notre Dame, specify that they look for 2 credits of foreign language. Others, like Princeton, have higher expectations (ideally 4 credits) without having a formal minimum requirement. And some schools like Yale don't even have an official foreign language requirement.

I'm not an expert, but if you took 4 units of Spanish colleges would probably exempt you from taking a World Language if it's required. If you want a more detailed and certain answer I'd recommend looking up the college's requirements.

You can look up the AP Econ curriculum and look at some quizlets and see how you feel about this class. If you think it might be too much, I'd recommend taking regular econ if your school offers it or AP Spanish V. If you took a relatively challenging workload last year than it's up to you to decide whether or not all these classes would be stressful. If you haven't taken many APs and Honors then it's not the best idea to jump straight to 5 advanced courses.

You also have to consider other factors like extracurriculars, sports, homework, and any other responsibilities you may have next year. Junior year is when you should start prepping for college app season and look for scholarships. Please don't put off those things until senior year like I did because it's gonna be a pain in the butt.

I took AP World History freshman year and it was really fun! It was a very insightful and thought-provoking class that focused on cultural and religious developments of societies and how those developments shaped modern-day nations. If you choose to drop some AP's I hope you'll still take World History, but that is completely up to you, of course!

Hope this helped!

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