NOT testing out of AP classes

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  1. GregtheTruck

    GregtheTruck 5+ Year Member

    May 31, 2011
    What would you think of taking AP Bio, but not testing out of it for college? It could be a class that comes easier than most, and wouldn't you miss some stuff if you skip Bio I? Or is there a major advantage in getting to the upper level biology classes.

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  3. penguinophile

    penguinophile MetalHead Moderator Emeritus SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2005
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    Depends on what you want to major in and what you enjoy. If you want an easy A, take bio again in college if you can stay awake while having the same stuff repeated to you.
    Some med schools will require that you take a year of biology in college, so if you take the credit you will still have to take biology for a year, just an upper level course. Personally I thought the upper level bio was very interesting so it probably wouldn't be worth going through the same crap again for another year (because intro to bio really isn't much different that AP bio, at least not in the long run). My advice: take the credit and learn some more interesting bio.
  4. Conflagration

    Conflagration Avatar from MeluuArts of dA. 5+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2011
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    I've heard that if the class that you're trying to test out of is a main component of your major, some colleges won't admit the credit, regardless of the score. So you may not even be able to get that credit if you wanted it.

    The AP Biology class will probably help(I say 'probably' because I'm a senior in high school, so I don't know firsthand) with freshman biology, since, for the most part, you've already had most of the material.

    I took AP Biology last year, and I got a 4. If you want help, feel free to ask.
  5. eGatsby


    Aug 21, 2011
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    It's actually a pretty good plan. Don't take AP or IB credits, redo easy classes, buff your gpa a little alongside your premed and major requirements.
    I'll be doing that for sure.
  6. Morsetlis

    Morsetlis I wish I were a dentist 7+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2010
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    <--Had AP credits from 13 exams.
  7. EphemeralFaith


    Dec 13, 2011
    I remember in high school, the only reason I took AP classes was to boost my GPA. The higher your GPA, the greater the chances of acceptance and scholarship awards. I would advise against taking the exams so that you don't have to take the classes in college. They may be great GPA boosters in college and probably prepare you better for future exams.
  8. tinman831

    tinman831 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Lifetime Donor SDN Administrator 10+ Year Member

    Dec 11, 2004
    Not testing out of the AP courses is fine. Most colleges and postgrad programs will not accept AP credit towards requirements towards your degree anyways.
  9. FieryEmbers

    FieryEmbers 2+ Year Member

    May 8, 2011
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    I will start by saying that this is not necessarily true. When it comes down to it, GPA and MCAT scores are the most important part of any application to medical school, and it is important to take boosts when you can. Freshman year is a time of adjustments, and it can be beneficial to have some easier courses so you are not stressing over both the transition and classes. Moreover, if you do not accept AP credit and instead choose to take the course again in college, Adcoms will never know you had AP credit, so it will not be of detriment to you in the long run.

    This being said, if you are someone who will be bored and slack off in a class because you know all the material or are motivated enough to perform well in upper level courses, go for it! :)
  10. Merely

    Merely 5+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2012
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    They are easy A's, so it's a good plan. However, keep in mind these are usually weed out classes, so they might be difficult.
  11. mehc012

    mehc012 Big Damn Hero 5+ Year Member

    Jul 9, 2012
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    The purpose of taking APs is really to gain admission to a good college. If you actually do that, chances are they won't accept any of your scores; they might let you test out if you also take their exams, but they almost certainly wouldn't give you credit for them.

    Not a single one of my APs is on my college transcript; only 3 of them let me even skip classes, and in order to do that, I had to pass the final exam from that course. The AP exam was what qualified you to attempt to pass out. In my year, I was the only one to successfully pass out of Bio 101. For chemistry, you got to skip a class, but only if you took a much more difficult Intro course (essentially you took both in the first semester instead of separately.)

    I wouldn't have gotten into my college without my APs. However, I got essentially zero credits for 10 5's. Totally worth it.
  12. Badger MD

    Badger MD Distance Running Addict 5+ Year Member

    Aug 20, 2010
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    As someone else mentioned, a lot of colleges won't count the credit if you end up pursuing a major containing that class or field of study. I know my college followed that protocol.
  13. EvenStevens

    EvenStevens Renaissance Man 5+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2012
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    AP Bio in some schools doesn't really cover Gen Bio well enough, and depending on the school its a good refresher and gpa boost. ALTHOUGH if its a weed out class at your school I'd avoid it. just ask around
  14. davidbm95

    davidbm95 2+ Year Member

    Jul 8, 2012
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    Some medical schools don't except AP credit. Also Bio is on the MCAT why would you want to base that section off of a high school class?
  15. College18

    College18 One Light 2+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2012
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    I know this topic is semi-old, but I gotta ask the question. I'm planning on taking my AP Calc AB test and seeing if I can get credit for the class in college. I'd be able to skip the first semester of Calculus. However, I plan on taking Calculus for Biological Sciences I and II at my college, is it still worth it to take the AP Calc AB test, even though I'm going to take a different Calc course in college? Same situation is going to occur for me in Statistics, however I'm looking towards Statistics for Biological Sciences as well. Basically what I'm asking is, is it worth it to even take it, if I'm basically going to repeat the course over again, because I want to?

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