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08/12/2020 at 01:44AM

Is taking 4 out of the 6 AP classes offered at my school good?
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I’m currently a rising junior and my high school only offers AP classes to juniors and seniors. I’m worried that by the time I apply to colleges, I will not have taken enough AP classes to be considered a “competitive” applicant.

The AP courses offered at my school are:

- AP Lang

- APUSH

- AP Literature

- AP Calc AB

- AP CS A

- AP Spanish

I plan to take:

- AP Lang

- AP Calc AB

- APUSH

- AP CS A

Should I take more than 4? All answers are appreciated. Thank you!!

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08/12/2020 at 04:33AM

Hi there! There are a few things to think about when making this decision (roughly in order of importance):

1) Consider the other courses that you're enrolled in outside of AP courses. Are they honors or higher-level courses? If so, then you're doing a great job of showing colleges that you're trying to challenge yourself. If not, then you may want to look into taking additional AP classes.

2) Consider what you want to study in college and what major you'd apply as—if you're planning to go into anything in the humanities space, you may want to consider also taking AP Lit. On the other hand, if you're applying as a STEM or business major, colleges are unlikely to bat an eye at the fact that you didn't take AP Literature or AP Spanish (so long as you're still challenging yourself with other courses instead of those two).

3) Consider whether or not you'd be likely to enjoy the curriculum in AP Lit or AP Spanish and how well you'd do—if you don't think you'd enjoy the classes and see a reasonable possibility of not receiving a B+ or higher, I'd advise you against taking them. AP Lit and AP Spanish can be very difficult and involved courses and if you're not into the subjects, I'd recommend avoiding the courses!

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