how can I take APs outside of the school
My school offers 13 or so APs, but I can only take one for sophomore, three for junior, and three for senior year. (so total of 7). I want to take AP other than what school offers, and I want to talk counselor about it( for taking AP outside of the school).
So my questions are:
How can I ask my counselor about taking AP outside of the school? (like really kindly, appreciated if you give me advice on both virtually and through email)
How can I take APs outside of the school?
-If I take AP outside of the school, do I take classes online? Is there like a class for it? like the school platform?
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I'm planning to take an AP exam outside of the ones offered in my school. The first thing I would do is to see if other schools offer the class you are taking. Since schools from the same district work together they can probably hook you up.
You can also take a community college class as an alternative to taking AP (duel enrolling). For example, I am taking a political science class that equates to AP government so it counts towards my transcript. You need to look at what AP class you want to take and the college class equivalent. You also need to see if the class will transfer to a college you want to go to. In my case, my class transfers to state colleges.
The last thing you can do is to self-study
On average, the cost for the AP exam is 100 dollars so if you really want to take the exam you are free to do so. There many places online where you can study like taking courses from colleges. Free college courses, Khan Academy, and youtube can be a way to study for the course. Finally, you can buy books to study, my favorite is Crash Course and Princeton Review.
When addressing your counselor, you need to know what he/she can do to help you. Going in asking him what your counselor can do is not a good thing. Look up at your school website to see what the school and teachers can do with duel enrolling or payment with the AP exam. Be friendly but formal when asking for help and always thank your counselor for they are trying their best to help you. AP is heard but if you have enough mental fortitude anything is possible.
Free College courses
You can take APs outside of school 3 ways. One is to sign up through eDx.org which is an online portal of courses taught by college professors at different top schools like Harvard and MIT. I'm taking AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 through DavidsonNEXT. The cost is about $50 per class. It can cost up to $200 depending on the college. The 2nd more expensive way is to go through a College Prep service like Elite Prep where you sign up for HS credit courses like AP CS or AP BIO and pay them a fee. The cost might be more like $2000-$5000 per class more like a college tuition fee schedule. You would get more 1 on 1 tutoring and support using a prep service and most of them have a money-back guaranty if you don't get a 3 or 4 on your AP exam. The other way which is too late to do this summer is to take an AP equivalent course at your community college approved by your HS counselor. So say you wanted to take AP Physics C Mechanics and there was a course at your CC called Physics 3051 Mechanics, you could get your HS counselor to approve the course and have the grade transfer to your transcript base on how your HS places weight on the course (or not). This 3rd-way costs whatever the rate for 3 or 4 college credits cost at your CC (say $125 a credit). I'm not doing my AP Physics for HS credit but to self-study for the AP test which I pay the fee directly to the College Board.
Depending on what state you're in, you may be able to take some through a part-time virtual school. I am taking three extra APs through my county's virtual school, so ask your counselor about adding a virtual component to your on-campus classes or just taking them at home. The teachers on these virtual platforms are very well accredited, so you'll definitely be getting the "AP Experience".
From my experience there are at least two ways you can earn the credit:
1. You can sign up for the AP exam on college board and study independently and if you pass then you get the credit.
2. You can apply for dual enrollment at a nearby university or Community College, so if you pass you can earn the college credits. I’m actually taking this approach this fall to complete AP Chem.
There are probably more ways to do it but these are most likely the most common two.
I don’t know much but there is a way to take AP classes online through collegeboard. Also if you are just going for college credit you can likely just take some of the classes you didn’t take AP exams.
If I were you, my first step would be to ace the one AP class you're allowed to take as a sophomore and then ask your counselor for a policy exception to take more than 3 AP classes during your Jr and Sr year. If that doesn't work, I'd take a dual enrollment class (or the highest level of class offered) of AP subjects. You can register for the AP test through the College Board and prep for the AP test using a number of online resources (I believe the College Board recommends Kahn Academy). Good luck!
You cannot take an AP class outside of school. You CAN, however, prep yourself independently by using youtube, prep books (I recommend Barron’s), and other materials to take the exam in May which you can register for independently. You can’t take a high school class that your school doesn’t offer for credit, only college classes do that. Sorry, but I hope this helps you anyway!
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