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AP Exams

AP exams are right around the corner. Why does that matter? Your score on the exams dictate the grade that you will get in that college-level course. If you don’t take AP classes, you should consider one for next year- that is if you’re up for it.

Why take an AP class?

AP courses help acquire the skills and habits you’ll need to be successful in college. You’ll improve your writing skills, problem-solving abilities, critical thinking, and develop time management skills and study habits. An AP course is more weighted than any other class. A B in an AP class is the equivalent of an A in a normal class. Colleges not only look at your grades, but also the difficulty level of your schedule. A C+ in Physics is more desirable than an A+ in gym. With that being said, colleges favor AP courses for a number of reasons. Rigorous classes show that you are a hard-working student who wants to excel. AP classes also show what grade you are likely to get in that college-level course.

So how are they scored?

AP exams are scored on a scale of 1-5, with a 5 being the highest possible score. Most colleges and universities will award college credit for scores of a 3 or above.

  • 5 = extremely well qualified to receive college credit and/or placement
  • 4 = well qualified to receive college credit and/or placement
  • 3 = qualified to receive college credit and/or placement
  • 2 = possibly qualified to receive college credit and/or placement
  • 1 = no recommendation for receiving college credit and/or placement

AP Exam scores of:

  • 5 are equivalent to grades of A in the corresponding college course.
  • 4 are equivalent to grades of A-, B+, and B in college.
  • 3 are equivalent to grades of B-, C+, and C in college.

Points are no longer deducted for incorrect multiple choice answers therefore you should do your best to not leave anything blank. AP exams consist of a multiple choice section and a free-response (essay) section. You should look for key words in the questions such as except, not, or always. Also, try to avoid data dumping because this may result in a lower score.

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Study well (Aim to work smarter, not harder) and remember to relax while taking the exams. Good luck! I know you all will do great!

3 Reasons to Go to College

As children, we all had dreams. We dreamed of being anything that we wanted: a doctor, lawyer, dentist, or an astronaut (I wanted to be a cowgirl & my sister wanted to be a mermaid). Sometimes those dreams were big and seemed to be beyond our reach but the truth is, nothing is beyond our reach. We can do anything that we set our minds to. Power is limitless and knowledge is immeasurable.

Do you want to know the best way to gain power? I’ll let you in on a secret- all great leaders are also wise. They have a thirst for knowledge. They know just what to say and just when to say it. Not only are leaders great communicators, but they also know how to put their words into action. Do you know where this comes from? This knowledge comes from experience. There’s that word again. Experience. Only good things come from experience. You spent your time in college doing an internship. You did a great job so they offer you a full-time position upon graduation. You continue to work hard and gain experience and five years later you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. You didn’t have the highest GPA, but you got the job because you had the most experience. Experience is a very appealing trait.

College is the perfect place to gain that appeal. It prepares you for the real world and gives you the knowledge that you need to succeed. Pursuing a higher education shows prospective employers that you are a determined, hard-worker who knows what (s)he wants and how (s)he’s going to get it. But it’s not enough to just go to college. You have to actually finish it. Keep reading and I’ll tell you why.

1) A college degree is worth more than a high school diploma.

High school graduates earn an average of $30,400 a year while going to college for just two years to obtain an associate’s degree presents an average of $52,220, which is nearly $22,000 more than what a high school graduate makes. This number increases even more the higher the degree is, with the master’s degree level earning $62,300 annually. A student with a doctoral degree can expect to earn $89,400 a year and $109,600 with a professional degree. That’s over three times the salary of a high school diploma.

2) Lower unemployment rates.

Studies show that as of March 2012, people who didn’t graduate from high school have an unemployment rate of 12.6% whereas high school graduates have an unemployment rate of 8.0%. Students with an associate’s degree have an unemployment rate of 7.5% and a bachelor’s degree has an unemployment rate of 4.2%. The lowest unemployment rate is that of a master’s degree, with 1.6% of its holders being unemployed. Do you know why? This is because a higher education will always be in demand. Anyone with a teaching degree can work in a school, but not everyone can perform brain surgery.

3) Live the life you’ve always wanted.

With higher employment comes a higher salary. Do you know what comes with a higher salary? Whatever you want. College graduate will often achieve more in their lifetime simply because they have the money to do so. A college degree is accompanied by a more luxurious lifestyle. A brand new Ferrari and a dream trip to Spain certainly begins to make that professional degree seem a lot more enticing. The possibilities are endless.

College is the one thing that can make our childhood dreams come true. College has a way of empowering people and giving them the ability to do anything that they set their minds to. What does that doctor, lawyer, dentist, and astronaut all have in common? They all fulfilled their dreams by going to college.