AP also known as Advanced Placement, is offered by College Board (I will explain what College Board is in other blog posts) which are courses that are rigorous and follow the college standard curricula.
Okay, so what does this mean?!
Pretty much AP are classes taken in high school, and towards the end of the course, students are offered the opportunity to take an examination. Each examination there is a fee you will need to pay for. Depending on how well you do on the examination, you can submit your scores to institutions you are applying to and can receive college credit.
AP Scores? What does that mean?!
Scores range from 1-5 by 1 being the lowest score to 5 being the highest. Some institutions accept the score of 3 or higher while others accept AP scores of 4 or 5. Each institution has their own guidelines on which scores are accepted.
Why should enroll in these courses?
Are enrolling in these courses going to make me go insane?
If I do not like an AP course can I drop out of the class?
Let’s say that you thought you could handle honors English, but a few weeks of the course you realize that honors English is not the right academic choosing for you. Do not think that you can not drop honors English, talk to your guidance counselor and see how they can help you. Here communication is essential. Make sure to do this as soon as possible, I would say you should make this decision by a maximum of two weeks of the course. However, make sure you talk to your guidance counselor when you can drop the courseRemember, dropping an AP or honors course does not mean you are stupid, it just means you were not ready for that challenge yet. You can always try and tackle honors English for next year. Not everyone can be the next Shakespeare or Geoffrey Chaucer ( You will be reading them a lot in your AP lit classes).
How do I know if I am ready for these courses?
Remember, talk to your guidance counselor, parents, teachers, or whomever you believe will provide you solid advice on whether you are ready to take the Advance Placement (AP) and honors courses you were considering enrolling in. The biggest tip of advice is to have confidence and be true to yourself. Yes, input from others is great but do not let this be your determining factor YOU should be the ultimate decider.