AP Credits?

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  1. ski_addict29

    ski_addict29 Member

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    ok so i am somewhat confused on how you go about with the AP credits earned. i know that plebes take tests during plebe summer to validate classes so is that all it is based on? I am debating whether or not to spend the money on the AP Chem test and the AP English Literature test (I will already be taking the AP English Language). I only decided to take the class (ap chem) so that I would be prepared for it once I got to college (and hopefully an academy). The thing is that chemistry is not my strong suit and I am not sure I would even pass the AP test and I probably wouldn't validate it, so is it worth it? Also for the AP English Literature test my AP English teacher said that some of us could probably do well on both the AP English Literature and AP English Language test. Our class is preparing us for the AP English Language test. Would USNA allow you to validate both or take the credits for both? Further I will be taking the AP Comparative Government test and i already took the AP United States Government (and got a 5) and the AP Biology test (and got a 3). Would these credits do anything to help me? Any information would be great :)
     
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    Here is a link to the official validation policy at the academy: http://www.usna.edu/acdean/candidateinfo/USNACourseValidationPolicy.htm

    For chemistry, it says, "Tests administered for Chemistry 1 and Chemistry 2." Validating this one is not based on your AP score.

    For English, it says, "Tests administered for English 1 (AP=5 or IB=7, Literature or Language, validates) and English 2. A 5 on the AP validates, but any score less than that will require the test for validation.
     
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    Also notice that you need a 5 on the AP Biology exam to validate, but have already validated US government with an AP score of 5. Congrats!
     
  4. Craig

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    My DD passed on the Chemistry since it does not count towards validation. I was happy since I was already paying for 3 and another for my son. If your Plan B is NROTC, you may want to take based on major. Physics and Calculus are required no matter your major. My DS is looking at Tier 3 major so she intends to skip it altogether.
     
  5. eagleone

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    Get us to paying

    Fellow parents - AP credits are a bargain. Even if your child has an appointment locked up, you never know what may happen down the road.
     
  6. Craig

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    AP Credits are a bargin but only if they serve a purpose. In most cases, IB and AP credits allow you to substitute a class with an elective. Only in a few cases are you totally exempt from taking the credit hours. Human Geography may be good practice, but very few schools use it. So propably not money well spent. If your plan B, C or D requires chemistry as a core class take the AP Chemistry. If you're NROTC and plan on selecting a Tier 3 major, physics and calculus are requirement for the scholarship (not chemistry). Use your time and money wisely. Focus your study time on the test that will provide benefit. Many of the top schools require a 5 (AP) or 7 (IB).
     
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    I'm a class of 2017 hopeful and I was wondering if there is a limit to the amount of classes a Plebe can validate? Also, for a language (Arabic) course not on the validation list, is it possible to validate any other way? I will have had 4 semesters of college Arabic by plebe summer, and would really like to validate them.

    Of course I have to start my application and get accepted first or none of this matters.. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Craig

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    AP Credits are a bargin but only if they serve a purpose. In most cases, IB and AP credits allow you to substitute a class with an elective. Only in a few cases are you totally exempt from taking the credit hours. Human Geography may be good practice, but very few schools use it. So propably not money well spent. If your plan B, C or D requires chemistry as a core class take the AP Chemistry. If you're NROTC and plan on selecting a Tier 3 major, physics and calculus are requirement for the scholarship (not chemistry). Use your time and money wisely. Focus your study time on the test that will provide benefit. Many of the top schools require a 5 (AP) or 7 (IB).
     
  9. Hurricane12

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    For random weird classes that you may not "technically" be able to validate, especially languages, you can usually arrange something with a department chair. I've known several people who've done this with languages that they'd studied on their own.

    Technically there's no limit to validation, but a lot of the courses we take here you really can't validate (majors electives, weapons, warfare, nav, etc) and you still need your 15 credits per semester.
     

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