Should I take online college courses?Answered
I'm from Brazil, and here there is almost no school that offers APs here. I've seen those online college courses that some elite schools offer, but I'm not sure if I will be able to buy the certificate at the end of them because the dollar is five times the Brazilian currency right now. Should I take them anyways? I do am intrested in the themes, so, if I take any of the courses, I will probably enjoy them, but I wanted to know if I shoul put them in my application as an intellectual pursuit or something like that even without the certificate.
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I don't know how available this is in Brazil, but International Baccalaureate (IB) is generally considered an equivalent to APs. You can take those in place of APs. However, I'm not sure if most American universities (I'm assuming that you are planning to go to America to study because you mentioned APs which are typically in an American context) accept IB credits. Another option is to explore courses by Coursera or edX which I believe are much cheaper but are offered by top colleges. However, if your school doesn't offer APs, you don't have to worry about them too much since I saw it somewhere that said that admissions officers will compare the amount of APs you took compared to the number offered to you at your school. For example, admission officers are more pleased with a person that took 2 APs when their school only offers 4 APs than one that took 4 APs when their school offers 12. Also, another reason why you don't have to worry about APs as much is that colleges are beginning to look more at your extracurriculars and impact than academics, even though academics are still very important. As a result, you should try to do something unique that impacts your community rather than trying to take APs since your school doesn't offer them anyway.
I'm from the UK and our schools over here don't offer AP classes either. I googled the UK equivalent for APs and it said that our A Levels were the equivalent, so I don't think you have to take online classes, your school/curriculum should offer equivalents to AP classes.
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