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Smile signing up for senior classes? - May 5th 2009, 02:31 AM

yeah thats what i'm doing but i have a few questions. if i take ap english as a senior can i test out of english 101 as a college freshman? and i mean the sat stuff is really bothering me, i mean it says you dont have to take the sat 2's unless you are applying to ivy league or really hard cali schools. i'm applying to cal lutheren and i dont know if i need to take those, on top when is is too late to take a physcology test to deem you out of taking sat's with everyone else?
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Re: signing up for senior classes? - May 6th 2009, 06:10 AM

In Canada, you can skip first year university by taking AP courses IFF you take the AP exam (different than the normal course exam that the teacher creates) and get a score that the university or college accepts. Generally, this mark is hard to achieve but to me, jumping straight into second year is something I wouldn't do. I took the AP exams for bio, chem, calc and physics but never once did I intend to skip first year as the jump would be too great.

For your second question regarding a psychology exam, I'm not sure.
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Re: signing up for senior classes? - May 8th 2009, 03:58 AM

Many colleges will give you credit for AP English if you get a 4 or 5 on the exam; some will take a 3, but some will only take a 5. Thus, if you take enough AP classes (and do well on the exams), you could theoretically graduate a semester early. Some colleges will allow you to place out of an intro-level class if you've done well on the AP exam, but won't actually give you credit. Some colleges don't give credit for certain exams- the college I'm going to in the fall doesn't give credit for AP English, because all freshman are required to take a writing-intensive general education seminar, but I will (hopefully- assuming I did well on the exam) get credit for having taken AP Calculus.

Taking more advanced courses your first semester could be good- you probably wouldn't be bored, they'd be more interesting, you'd get to meet more upperclassmen, possibly graduating early- but it could also be bad- they might be too challenging, you might be "behind" because you didn't take the university's intro class (which may or may not correspond directly to your AP class), professors would expect more of you because you're in with all upperclassmen, you won't be with people in your own year. Some colleges have placement exams for things like math, foreign language, and english, that might do a better job at determining what level of a course you belong in (i.e. Calculus 1, 2, or 3; English 101 or 210...).

If you plan to apply to college (any college- Ivy league or whatever!), you should register to take the SAT and ACT. MOST (not all, but most) colleges require either the SAT or the ACT. None that I'm aware of require both. I recommend taking both, and then sending to colleges the score that's better (you can find SAT/ACT score "converters" online). Of course, if you do really well on the ACT (like me, haha), then taking the SAT might not be necessary (it wasn't for me; but I had registered ahead of time anyway).

Lots of people get worried about the SAT. It's okay. You won't be the only one. I'm not sure what you mean about "tak[ing] a physcology test to deem you out of taking sat's with everyone else". Do you mean that you get very nervous, and would prefer not to take the SAT with other people in the room? Check out the CollegeBoard's info on Services for Students With Disabilites . According to this page, you will need a psychologist to evaluate you, and "Your functional limitations in learning must result from your disability." Getting anxious/nervous taking a test in a room with other people won't get you separate accomodations; you would have to go to a psychologist and prove that being in this situation would impact your ability to do well on the test. Also, this page says you need to submit disability accomodations at LEAST 5 weeks (sometimes 7 weeks) in advance, so if you're registered for the June SAT, it's probably too late.

It might not be possible for you to get a "private" room; generally, there are several rooms, with a proctor (someone who oversees the exam to make sure students don't talk or cheat) in each. I know it might not seem like a big deal for them to just open one more room, but it would also require an additional proctor. Often there is one room reserved for "disabled" students (those that need extra time, or that might need a computer to write the essay portion of the exam), but (to my knowledge) nobody gets to take the test in a room with no other students in it.

If it makes you feel better- it's not like everyone else is watching you during the test. Having done my fair share of standardized testing (ACT, 3 SAT2s, 2 PSATs, 3 AP exams so far), I can tell you that honestly, the other people taking the test are paying attention to the test.

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