Demystifying AP classes & exams
It was the last day of February 2016, when my phone rang. Without taking a breath, the father of one of my freshman began:

“I have some questions about Advanced Placement. My daughter doesn’t want to sign up for AP World, but I've heard that taking an AP class will help her get into college. If she takes this class, she has to get an A or B in it, because I don’t want this class to negatively impact her GPA. 

"And, I don’t think she needs to take the AP exam because I heard that taking the exam won’t help her with college. Is all of that correct? What do you think?”

As a high school counselor and, now independent educational consultant, the questions this father asked me are not unusual. Parents want their children to take whatever classes will enhance their child’s transcript and help them get into college.

Here's what you need to know about Advanced Placement courses, exams and their impact on college admissions...

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