AP Classes / Exams

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  1. Nverge

    Nverge New Member

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    Does the academy care if you take an AP class but not the exam? Not so sure how to break it to my parents that I have to buy 4 $100 exams
     
  2. powderhorngreen

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    Don't care. Son did not even turned in exam grades. Except for English, son did not use AP grades to skip any classes at USMMA. This was a good decision- built up lots of GPA buffer Plebe and Sophomore year. Also, allowed learning to balance regiment, sports, and KP craziness without undue academic pressure. Finally, AP classes gave great foundation for the systems engineering curriculum at KP. Many high school require you to take the exam, however, if you took the course.
     
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  3. KP Eng

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    This is great advice since you have to spend four years there anyway.
     
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    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    One could also make the case that by getting out of classes, the lighter course load will serve the same purpose as facilitating a GPA buffer. Especially while learning to balance academics with the regiment.
     
  5. KP Eng

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    I had quite a few college credits when I came to KP. I used some for lighter course load, and retook the classes on some for a GPA booster. In hindsight, I think I used the lighter course load more for extra rack time than study time.
     
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  6. cruisemom67

    cruisemom67 DD USMMA Class of 2020

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    My DD took all AP classes and got full ride to college. She didn't take AP exams because she wanted to get easy A to help with her GPA. Plus since she's on full ride they are paid for. She is studying mechanical engineering and took two years of AP calculus in high school. So did her best fried. Best friend took AP exams, scored well and started with CALCULUS 3 in college. Every waking moment was spent studying calculus because she learned it differently than they taught it in college. My DD got to join a sorority and intern at an engineering firm.
     
  7. Nverge

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    Do you think they will ask for AP scores?
     
  8. powderhorngreen

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    Never asked son for them. USMMA doesn't give credit for AP classes. Also, regarding GPA boost, if you credit out of a class, you do not get any grade at all. If you take it and get A, it helps with GPA. Those carrying one less class didn't always use that extra free time to study their remaining classes. Buffer helped when over half the class failed last year and DS received a C+. How? Those that flunked went to summer school and most then earned an A. USMMA erases the F like it never existed and only A is reflected on record. USMMA does NOT average the two grades. Son still glad to have class behind him and no pressure for sea days and no potential for being delayed grad. Just one of many weird things that only USMMA could dream up and execute.
     
  9. FutureCadet12

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    Not sure if this option is available at your school, but at my school we are allowed to use tax credit to pay for AP exams - so essentially they are free.
    Maybe ask your counselor if this is possible?
     
  10. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    An endeavor with unappreciated return on the investment if you ask me. A well rested mind is a sponge.
     
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    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    I believe summer school is the only class which replaces the grade without including the extra credit hours of retaking the class. All others, the 0.0 points and the X number of credit hours remain on their record in addition to X points and X credit hours for taking the class a second time. They don't technically "average" your grades but the math in calculating your GPA does average them in practicality.
     
  12. cruisemom67

    cruisemom67 DD USMMA Class of 2020

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    :wink:My DD at regular college has the same system of grade replacement. If you re-take the same class the first grade is wiped out. I guess that is so they can keep the kids there instead of failing them out, and they will still get your money!
     

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