Is There A Benefit To Taking Advanced Placement Courses?

If you are going to be entering your senior year of high school next year (or if you have a child who is going to be entering their senior year of high school), you might be wondering what the benefits are of taking Advanced Placement courses. After all – grades will be an important part of a college admissions package, and even though Advanced Placement courses will impart more knowledge, they will also be more difficult, and can drop grades; and of course, this begs the question, “Are Advanced Placement courses worth it?”

When it comes to answering the question of how “worth it” Advanced Placement courses are, it is important to realize the way in which colleges view admissions packets; while grades are certainly an important part of an admissions packet, they are not the most important part!

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As high schools all around the country have different standards when it comes to education at their school, it is difficult for colleges to put a lot of weight on a student’s grades, as grades will mean different things from school to school. Because of this, colleges have been forced to place importance upon other areas as well; one area most colleges use is standardized tests (the SAT and the ACT), and the other area they use is the “extras” in a student’s admissions packet. Of course, such extracurricular activities as National Honor Society, leadership-related seminars and clubs, and participation in community service are all among these “extras,” but another big part of these “extras” is the effort a student displays toward gaining as much knowledge as they can through extra school work and difficult courses.

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Because of this, the positives of having an Advanced Placement course in your college admissions packet will outweigh any drop in grades that result from this course; what’s more, if the Advanced Placement courses in question properly prepare their students for the Advanced Placement test at the end of the year, these students will be able to pass the test, and will therefore be able to skip these classes in college! When you add all this information together, you can see that Advanced Placement courses are a huge advantage for high school seniors!