To the claim that they help students in college, it is true that students who take AP courses are more likely to succeed in college. I've had joke classes and I've had ridiculously difficult ones. I described AP courses in this article on AP vs IB here.Basically, AP courses are Advanced Placement courses trademarked by the College Board, the same establishment that produces the SAT and its many subject tests. High schools that allow open enrollment for AP courses may have problems with some students taking the class for the weighted score without any understanding of the additional work involved or any intention of taking the AP exam. (Again, this depends on the college and your professors!) If my classes are not considered AP courses but are advanced, do colleges take this into consideration? College classes covered more material at a faster pace. College Light. The content level in upper division classes is definitely harder but usually when you compare AP and college you're comparing the college equivalent of AP (introductory courses).

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Your level of interest and how hard you work will determine your success. In theory, if a kid can get college credit, he should have learned enough that he is prepared for the next level of learning in that subject, in college. Teachers tried to scare everyone in highschool saying how impossible college is but its really not that bad once you get used to it. So what I'm trying to say is that it could depend. The difficulty of these courses has nothing to do with a student’s personal interest or investment in the material (like a science wiz killing AP® Chemistry or a history buff excelling in AP® United States History ), but rather they have more complex material to cover than other courses. So, speaking from my experience (again, depends on the college) I thought AP classes and the AP exams were waaaay easier. Question: I attend North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and I am wondering how much importance college give to taking AP classes in high school. The only type of credit you’re guaranteed for passing AP classes is high school credit. There are obviously liberal arts/humanities classes that will be harder than usual! Classes also frequently get curves, so as long as you are doing respectably well compared to your peers, you should get good grades. Was it easy, hard? AP classes vs college classes AP classes vs regular & honors classes. On top of that, AP exams aren’t free and can even be a little expensive if you’re on a tight budget. AP level (the only uniform way to measure this is the exams) is generally somewhat below college level, and that material is far more compressed in the college setting.

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The thing is, you take less classes at a time in college and you don't have a ton of busy work. It was really, really hard compared to hs, but luckily I passed it with a C+. Senior year of HS was just so stressful for me and I couldn't plan effectively when it came to AP Exams. ap chem is a whole different ball game. English and Psych at the 100 level are notoriously easy freshmen classes at most institutions. Before teaching in a high school, I taught for almost 25 years at the college level, and almost every one of those years my responsibilities included some equivalent of an … By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. So I really think it depends on the subject. That's a general statement of course. It really forces you to learn, understand, and apply the material. It’s… pre-college. This year—wait, no, is it last year now? Depends on what you major in and what college you attend. Has anyone taken an AP Exam and didn't to so well on it, but took the college class of the subject? Ochem is very different from what you are doing in AP chem, so you will have to just feel that out. Thus, with college courses, the pace of learning is faster, every class brings a new topic, and you are responsible for keeping up with the material on your own time. The class was a joke; my teacher was still used to the old format, so he was teaching us the wrong stuff. Press J to jump to the feed. We have tips to help navigate AP class pressures. It's possible and probable to maintain a high GPA by studying maybe (maybe) 2 hours a day or so. Hope this helps. In AP classes, it is much easier for the teacher to focus and communicate with you. How AP Classes Impact Your College Chances. I've had A's in all my AP classes (bio, calculus, lang, and US history) and passed all the tests with a reasonable amount of studying. I found AP classes to be more difficult than most of my college courses (even some of my 3000 and 4000 level ones). I wouldn't worry too much. In high school you have the same classes 5 times a week. It'll be good prep for when you hit tougher college courses later on. I just had my last day of sophomore year yesterday. The learning shifts from inside the classroom to outside the classroom- and people who have bad study habits and don't do any learning when they get back to their room will learn their lesson the hard way. Students may earn college credit if they pass a dual enrollment class with a grade of C or better. W hich are better when applying to colleges, AP courses or real college courses taken at the local community college?. There are some exceptions- like its much easier to get a passing grade on the AP Calc BC exam than to pass Calc 2 at many universities. However, if you have the study skills developed in your AP classes, you will probably be able to adapt. AP exams are graded on a scale of one to five.

I'm taking my first APs for high school this yr and I'm not doing as great as I thought.I'm guessing college will be a little harder? Last I heard, it's a cumbersome process. You can research "AP course audit" - essentially, it's the process of certifying hs AP classes. Is AP Psychology Hard? So while it does depend on your abilities, the teacher, the course difficulty, etc., a college course will generally be more difficult than a comparable AP course. I've come up with a new slogan: it always depends. It depends on the course, major, and type of class and the university. ... We have over 220 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 ... Is AP Environmental Science Hard? In college, you will have to learn the same material (and sometimes more) that you learned in one year in high school in one semester or a few quarters, depending on which system your college operates on. 40 hours a week is a myth. Do’s and Don’ts of AP classes It’s true that AP classes are rigorous and should not be entered lightly. Philosophy. Many people often think that by taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes that they might get ahead in college, get credit, or may look better to colleges. Well, pretty hard actually. if you’re not willing to put in the hard work, though, then this might not be the class for you. I saw lots of AP students floundering first semester with how much more difficult the class was (I did the IB program and actually found freshman bio easy). And then when I took physics in college, I wanted to blow my brains out lol. I've had teachers tell me AP is much harder but a lot of people on this sub say college is really hard. I've got a 4 on Lang and APUSH and 3 on calculus and bio. However, a typical AP course gets ~250 hours of class time... a typical college course has to cover that same material in 50 hours. And I don't think it's necessarily the difficulty, it's the speed in which you learn the material. With community college classes, the difficulty of the class and your mastery of the material are harder for colleges to judge. Edit: Also, in my experience, I've had excellent and challenging professors, and their tests made AP tests look like a joke. A huge difference between high school courses and college courses is the length of time you have to learn the material. Yup. Once again, if you work hard, you will find yourself in a good position. But my school just started ap my freshman year and there is a pretty low pass rate. There are a lot more variables you have to consider. When I had comp 2, there was a moderate amount of homework and the work was not hard at all. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Often times, that is not the case. In college, the professor has hundreds of other students therefore they can’t help you as much. This may be true in upper level STEM courses, but you have some time before you get there to develop those study habits. Also, you have 10+ page lab reports due every single week, etc. If you manage to skip your gen chem classes due to a high AP test score, you will most likely (depends on the school, but this is how it is for my University) start with Ochem. Supposedly AP classes are the equivalent of a third year college course, so they should be markedly harder than an honors class, basically, more reading and work at home. For the most part, yes, AP courses are harder than college courses. Taking an AP exam can definitely help your college and career prospects, and don’t worry about the classes themselves. But in my experience, college classes are harder and more mentally taxing than AP classes. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes are great opportunities for students who are looking to earn college credit while still in high school. In some classes, my entire grade is based off of 4 tests. Also, this forum likes to make people think that community colleges are easier than universities. 100 level Professors try to scare their students into saying that you have to study 3+ hours for their class. I have friends who attend notoriously difficult schools, and graduates of those schools often say that college classes are a joke compared to the ones they had in high school. College classes could be easier or harder than ap classes. I actually had a higher GPA in college than high school because of the quality of the college courses and my elevated interest.

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@ Semperfi15. But before we dive into the specifics of AP® Stats difficulty, the first thing we will cover in our AP® Stats review is whether it’s a good idea for you to take the AP® Stats Exam in the first place. AP might as well stand for “Almost Professional.” We’re talking college-level curricula that’s intended to cover information and develop skills students willactually encounter in college and university classes. I don't think college is necessarily harder, but it's just really different. It was a really easy class, but it wasn't the right material. So, it depends on the AP class.

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Wow thanks everyone..I'm failing APUSH and barely passing AB Cal but I was thinking of taking U.S history at a community college this summer to make up credits but that's less time to learn the whole class hopefully I don't waste $

, Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled. Anyways, I'll have one online class (Eng 112), 2 on campus(trig and psych), one that is dual credit but at the high school (spanish) and one that is just high school. In AP classes, the AP exam determines whether you get college credit, but not necessarily whether you pass the class for your high school diploma - which makes it less stressful (imo). So, onward. I took ap Lang and lit and had a TONNNN of homework from both classes. No admissions questions, cheating, memes, or illegal behavior/piracy. But there's so many factors involved its hard to generalize. Because there's a big difference. There are two factors to consider when deciding how hard an AP subject is: the difficulty of the AP exam itself, and how the AP class is taught at your high school. I used to work orientation for my uni and one of the most common misconceptions freshmen have is that they suddenly have to develop intense study habits. Your score on the exam will affect whether you can get college credit for the class. Most of my liberal arts friends get by with studying for a test for only two or three days. However, my school's courses are not very rigorous, and graduates of its AP program often go on and flunk.

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My Physics teacher, who is a Georgia Tech PHD and also a professor at a local college, put it this way. But there's so many factors involved its hard to generalize. If the student scores high enoug… I think I'm going to go to a CC then transfer so are AP classes like classes in Community college...my brother said class is easy but he just started like 3 weeks ago and didn't take AP in HS.

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It depends on how difficult the AP teacher makes the course, and it depends on how hard the college course is. Your grade in the class will affect your GPA and overall transcript impressiveness.For example, if you’re wondering, \"Is AP Biology hard?\" the answer depends on a few factors. I wouldn't say college is necessarily that hard. I am a little concerned because I'm enrolled for dual credit this year and I have to keep my gpa pretty high for the scholarship I need. The number of AP classes you take can help make your admissions profile more competitive. One day in a college lecture probably equates to about 3 or 4 days of an AP class, maybe even a week. The AP classes however can differ. The material is HARD and there's a lot of it, and you have to start studying at least a week or two in advance. There is generally less material to cover prior to the exam compared to courses like AP Biology or AP Chem, resulting in a relatively high pass rate. I found AP classes much, much easier and full of "busy work" compared to my college classes. I did pass Lang with a 3 but got a 2 from lit. View fullsize In summary, college classes are definitely harder than high school classes: the topics are more complicated, the learning is more fast-paced, and the expectations for self-teaching are much higher. College is just different from highschool. AP is probably equivalent to 100 level college classes- with the 100 level college classes being potentially easy depending on who teaches them. If you're taking a business administration major it'll be easier than a comp sci major by far. Ended up with a 2 on it. There's really no way to tell. I feel like a failure! Your dual credit schedule sounds really easy. Just keep that in mind.

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It depends on your abilities, the subject, the teacher, the school (how competitive it is)... You can't really get a definite answer.

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It really depends on how difficult your high school is. How hard is a college class compared to AP classes in high school. I didn't do well in one of my AP Exams and I am just so scared of how it will be in college. Another key difference is access to the professor. AP lays the foundation of study skills and writing skills that you will need for the next level, where your skills will be improved further. I've taken AP US history and AP government and both courses were harder than … In college, you would go 2 or 3 times a week max. The AP program, created by the College Board,offers college-level courses for high school students. At least in biology, AP is much easier than the real thing. So much theory in the abstract, students who want one right method and one right answer will be struggling for sure. AP Psychology is widely considered among students to be relatively "easy" compared to other AP classes. A rigorous high school course load is very important to selective colleges, and AP courses may be considered stronger indicators of your academic abilities than community college classes. However, a typical AP course gets ~250 hours of class time... a typical college course has to cover that same material in 50 hours. From my experience, AP classes focused more on multiple choice exams and small essays. I'm doing way better in college than I did in highschool- being able to study what you want and pick classes you actually want to take helps motivate you to do well. Certain AP® classes do have a bit of a reputation for being especially hard. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. So as a result I got to skip comp 1 but had to take comp 2. So there's that. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Most college classes require 2 - 3 hours of homework for every hour of class time. I'd say GE's and 100 and 200 level classes are AP level depending on what school you're at. Math majors who took AP classes in high school may still struggle with college calculus. 4 = B, 3 = C. If you're not getting 5's yet are expecting to get A's in college, you need to re-evaluate your study habits. The cheapest exams are $94 a pop. AP classes are an important part of that story, especially at elite universities. Even if you went to a rigorous high school and took lots of AP classes and dual enrollment classes, you're going to find college different. Ivy League colleges and other highly selective institutions often use something called the Academic Index.A tool for assessing applicants, the Academic Index is a calculation that reduces a student’s academic record to one numerical score for easy comparison. I would say that the AP grading scale is about standard for college classes. AP courses are not, in fact, remotely equivalent to the college-level courses they are said to approximate. AP, or Advanced Placement, classes are designed to be college-level courses that can better prepare you for real-life college. Students at most high schools receive an extra grade point for AP classes, based on the idea, supported by the University of California system, that AP courses require extra preparation. Honestly it really depends. There are some exceptions- like its much easier to get a passing grade on the AP Calc BC exam than to pass Calc 2 at many universities. AP courses and college courses are designed to be the same level. At that price point, AP exams are a steal compared to the regular price of a college class covering the same material. If you're liberal arts, lots of papers and readings you have to do, but I wouldn't say tests are that much more difficult than a solid AP class. The AP program tends to be a little more common in U.S. schools. How tough can it be to just study the thoughts of people who sat around and contemplated existence? Instead of having the same subjects everyday, you have them a couple times a week There's more emphasis on reading lectures on your own and less on homework and busywork. So are you passing the tests with a 3 or a 5? This creates proble… The capstone of any AP class is the AP exam. AP is probably equivalent to 100 level college classes- with the 100 level college classes being potentially easy depending on who teaches them. But with adequate preparation and the right mindset, students can succeed and be prepared to make the most of their college experience. (Please do not drink College Light if under 21.) These classes are more demanding than traditional courses, and you can take an AP test during March to place out of certain college courses. If you're pre-med or any other pre-health, you're gonna have to study a lot to maintain that 3.8+ GPA you need to get into med school, dental, optometry, etc. This means a lot more stuff to cram in your head. My college classes so far have been generally easier than my AP classes in high school because I don't have a lot of homework and I have more time to study. Dual enrollment classes typically replace a high school class, and dual enrollment grades are included on a student’s official high school and college transcripts. All AP® classes are a step above regular classes in difficulty, and AP® Statistics is no exception. I did take some AP courses as well as IB courses and I think those were slightly easier to about the same as college courses. Obviously, the academic gap will vary depending on what college you go to. The subreddit for discussion related to college. If you can manage a 5 on the test, you could most likely get an A in the college class. 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