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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