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08/26/2020 at 08:28AM

Should I take Calculus, AP Calculus, or Integrated Math as a senior in high school?

My school is offering calculus, AP calculus, and Integrated Math as options for math subjects to seniors. They are saying that they would recommend Integrated Math to students who will not be pursuing engineering, or math-related fields. I am most probably going to be pursuing something like psychology, sociology, linguistics, or the alike. I am thinking of taking the Integrated Math course as it will be easier. I will be taking APs in other subjects. What would you recommend for me? Just wanting some opinions/advise...

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3 answers

08/26/2020 at 07:36PM

I would rank the difficulty from easies to hardest as integrated math, calculus, and ap calculus. Depending on the schools you are applying to, you may want to take a more difficult or easier math class. If you want a lighter senior year while still having a challenging schedule, I would take calculus, especially since your ap calculus credit may only get you out of an introductory prerequisite course in college (you might end up in a harder math class since your major doesn't have much math). However, if you want to go for ap calculus then go for it! I would honestly advise against integrated math unless you struggle with math and want to put the majority of your time into other subjects. Good luck!

[🎤 AUTHOR]@studentinschool08/27/2020 at 12:15AM

Yeah I do struggle with math it takes me time to understand concepts and apply them. Honestly now I'm so confused between calculus and integrated math....I don't know which one to take

[🎤 AUTHOR]@studentinschool08/27/2020 at 12:16AM

Would it really look bad on college application...if they see integrated math? For a state University? With around 60ish% acceptance rate I think...

@inikkhoo08/27/2020 at 01:42PM

As long as you show strengths in other parts of your application (other classes, extracurriculars, essays), you should be fine taking integrated math! Honestly, it’s about what you’re challenging yourself with at a reasonable level, and with the pandemic and numerous other factors, it seems better to just take it easy.

08/26/2020 at 02:11PM

I would recommend taking Integrate Math. As a senior your transcripts won't be sent until mid-year. Plus, one class is not going to make that much of a difference in college admissions especially if you are already involved in other AP courses and you are afraid of getting a lower score in AP Calc. The only reason I would take AP Calculus is if you are looking for possible college credit or really want to challenge yourself. Again, this is just an opinion! If you feel confident in your calculus skills and your ability to take multiple AP scores, then go for it, but otherwise, there is no need to add more stress to your senior year. Good luck!

[🎤 AUTHOR]@studentinschool08/26/2020 at 04:20PM

Yeah I was asking because I don't want to add extra stress to myself during senior year. Math isn't my strongest subject I guess, so I thought I might want to be a little bit easy on myself. Thank you for the answer!

@aforsy505908/26/2020 at 05:19PM

completely understandable, good luck!

08/26/2020 at 12:49PM

I would recommend AP calculus if you can handle it if you are applying to competitive colleges. If you’re looking at state schools or small liberal arts colleges then maybe take calculus. IMO integrated math is considered a low level either “supported” or easy math course so if you are taking all APs and a very easy course in math it will stick out like a sore thumb. What I have heard is that even for sociology or humanities majors competitive colleges still want you to take calculus. If you’re really not good at math or don’t want to do AP, I would still do regular calculus.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@studentinschool08/26/2020 at 04:21PM

Hmm...that has made me rethink a bit whether I will take integrated math or just calculus. We'll see. Thanks for the answer!

@crsgo042208/26/2020 at 05:13PM

Of course! Hope i didn’t offend, this is just from my experience :)

@hraj08/26/2020 at 06:35PM

Agree with taking AP calculus. If you think AP calculus will be hard then take regular calculus as lot of colleges would require you to take calculus as math elective in 1st or 2nd year and you would have done it already and would be easier in college.

If you take AP calculus and do well on AP AP exam then you can get credit for calculus course in college and totally skip that in your first or 2nd year.