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AP Exams - April 23rd 2014, 04:04 AM

This Friday is registration for the AP exams, and as I am taking 6 AP classes and if we get an overall "B" when registration comes around the school will pay for them. I am in Chemistry, Psychology, Biology, Physics, English Lit, and French. I'm thinking of challenging the Calculus BC exam which my dad is okay to pay the fee for me to take (I couldn't fit AP into my time table so I took Calc Honours 12 in summer school and got semi okay grade 92% overall..) My one worry is that it will be too much to study, but at the same time I like the challenge and I really want to get credit in college to put me ahead.. I have decent grades (Straight A's, 90-100% minus a 87% in French at the moment)
So anyways, do you think I should challenge the Calc exam..or no..cause my dad is saying just do it but I'm worried about not getting 5's on my other exams...so I don't know...
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Re: AP Exams - April 23rd 2014, 04:38 AM

If you think it'll pose a detriment to your other exams, I'd say don't take the exam. I took eight AP exams when I was in grade twelve, and it was certainly a lot to handle. Calculus is probably one of the most difficult AP exams, and you didn't even take AP Calculus. Thus, the exam might be slightly more difficult for you than it would have been if you had taken the AP Calculus class.

Ultimately, though, it's entirely up to you. I didn't find that the AP exams deviated much from what I learned in the AP courses, which made studying for them rather easy. I'd say focus on studying for your other AP exams, and study briefly for Calculus. With a 92% in your summer Calculus course, you should be able to pull off a passing grade on the AP Calculus exam. And, even if you don't, who cares? It doesn't have any effect on your grades. Passing is merely a bonus.

Do what you feel is best for you. Assess how much you need to study for your other exams, and figure out how much "extra time" you could potentially have to devote to studying for Calculus. I wouldn't reduce the amount of time that you spend studying for your other AP exams, though. That's just my personal opinion.

Good luck.

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