a year ago
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Is the AP Capstone Program hard? aka.(AP Seminar and AP Research)

I'm a freshman and I am deciding on my classes for 10th grade. I am wondering if I should take AP Seminar in 10th and AP Research in 11th to finish the AP Capstone Program. I want to know if AP Seminar is hard since I planning to take that first. To be more specific I want to know about the pros and cons about taking AP Seminar, what's the homework weight like, and if you know how to write essays will it be easy and so on. Just everything detailed about AP Seminar.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@cherryNa year ago

Can you please elaborate when you say I read a lot of things?

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a year ago

Hi there!

I would say that AP Capstone is worth it ONLY if you're very much interested in it and not only doing for the sake of whichever college you wish to be in. The program is definitely tough and demanding. Here are certain things you should think about before joining the program.


1. Skill Development: The program is designed to help students develop important skills such as research, analysis, and communication.

2. College Credit: If a student earns a passing score on the AP Seminar exam, they may be able to earn college credit, which can save time and money in the long run.

3. College Preparation: The program can help students prepare for the academic rigor of college by providing them with a taste of what college-level coursework entails.

4. Exploring Topics of Interest: The program allows students to explore topics that interest them and pursue independent research on those topics.


1. Time Commitment: The program requires a significant time commitment outside of regular class hours, including research, writing, and presenting.

2. Heavy Workload: The program can be challenging and requires a high level of commitment to complete successfully. Students who already have loads of extracurricular activities would definitely face problem in managing this course.

3. Stressful: The pressure to perform well on exams and presentations can be stressful for some students.

4. Limited Course Options: The program may limit a student's ability to take other courses they are interested in due to the time and workload requirements. This would also cause an effect on their choice of a program in the coming years i.e. 11th and 12th.

Ultimately, the decision to join the AP Seminar program in 10th grade will depend on a student's individual goals, interests, and academic abilities. It's important to weigh the pros and cons carefully and consult with teachers, counselors, and parents before making a decision.

Thank you!

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