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To help your family decide if an AP course is right for your child, we answer some frequently asked questions about Advanced Placement:
Why take an AP class?
Who should take an AP class?
The Advanced Placement experience is not for every student. Before choosing to enroll your child in an AP course, consider these factors:
Which academic subjects are available as AP courses?
AP classes are offered in 34 subjects, including Environmental Science, Psychology, and Chinese Language and Culture. A complete list is available at The College Board. Ask your school counselor which AP classes your school offers.
How many AP classes should my child take?
For success in college admissions, there is no "magic number" of AP courses; it will depend on the individual student. If your child is highly ambitious and wants to take four AP classes in one semester, advise him or her to slow down! It's important to strike a balance between work and play. Some high schools, in fact, limit the number of AP courses a student can take. As a Washington Post article on AP classes cautions, "I know high school students who literally have no social life and enormous anxiety because they spend practically every waking hour doing school work."
What if my child's school doesn't offer AP courses?
Ask your school counselor if your child has the option to enroll in an AP course at a neighboring high school. It's also possible for a student to take an AP exam (and receive college credit) without taking the AP course in that subject. Consult your school's school counselor if this is something your child is considering.
How much do AP courses & exams cost?
There is no charge for AP classes; they are available as part of the high school curriculum. The fee for each AP exam is $87. Fee reductions and refunds are available; for more information, click here.
What if my child is already enrolled in an AP course?
A small number of students take Advanced Placement courses as sophomores. If your child is already enrolled in one or more AP classes, remember that the AP exams are coming up in May. To access exam prep materials at The College Board, click here. If you are interested in learning about StudyPoint's AP exam tutoring, click here.
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