Typical number of AP/Advanced classes

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  1. theosays

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    As a sophomore I'm organizing a courseload for the upcoming two years. I'll be taking at least two AP level classes (History, English) and am set to be in Calculus senior year. I have two questions; Is two AP level classes pls a Calculus-level math enough 'advanced' classes? And secondly, is it more favorable in USMA's eyes to be in Calculus, or do you they not care if you take AP Stat, which is an equal-level course, but with an easier preliminary course (FST, versus the harder pre-Calc).

    Thanks for your help, and I hope that block of text made sense.
     
  2. vampsoul

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    I took 2 AP classes my junior year and 4 my senior year. Seems like you're right on track. Also, I would say calculus is a better choice than stat, since it is part of the USMA core curriculum.
     
  3. Dixieland

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    My son's admissions officer told him to take the hardest classes that his school had to offer that he could make an A or B in.
     
  4. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    Actually stat is part of both math cores as well as calc.
     
  5. huntingtonbeach

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    I took 8 AP courses, and have been appointed to the academy. I believe that the academy wants to see you taking a hard course load, but I think what matters as well is you graduate at a high rank in your class. For me that meant I had to take more AP courses because my school accounts for that in our GPA and class rank
     
  6. lotrjedi13

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    I only took 1 AP class my junior year and 2 my senior year, and I have an appointment.
     
  7. mom3boys

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    My son took two AP classes; everything else was honors. He's a yuk.
     
  8. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    I was appointed as well and I took 3 AP classes my senior year and am wrapping up 2 APs this year. I also dual-enrolled (process at my school for taking classes at a local CC) for Calculus 3 (very bad idea :frown:). I am not taking any AP tests.

    Would taking many APs your senior year help your chances in getting an appointment? I know that most APs are year-long courses but I cant help feel that I might have made a mistake in taking these two APs and the college class with the finish line in sight. My senior year hasn't turned out to be the most enjoyable or relaxing :frown:.
     
  9. x-ImPuLse-PL-

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    Well I have taken AP World last year. Currently I'm in AP Chem, AP US, and AP Language (my school does AP Language before AP Lit). My prospective AP's next year include AP Euro, AP Calc B/C, AP Literature, AP Physics B and Syracuse Spanish 201. (Actual Syracuse University Spanish course, offered at my school. 201 gets AP Credit, and offers AP Spanish test)

    But I believe it varies person to person, based on everybody's unique credentials and qualifications for WP. There's no set number, I think. (That admissions board sure knows how to keep everything secret. Better aim for above average than the minimum though!)
     
  10. 2012Cadet

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    Your courseload is good...just my opinion but I'd take the Calc, but hey that's me.
     
  11. theosays

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    Thanks for the answers they've all helped.
     
  12. x-ImPuLse-PL-

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    Well that is my courseload for senior year, I just have to wait for the official master schedule to come out to guidance. If there is a conflict with any of those courses, or not enough students to run a class, that may possibly affect the list, but I doubt that will happen. Those classes should all run, so those are the majority of my next year's academics.

    And I actually had the option of AP Calc A/B, but I choose B/C over that. I prefer the extra challenge.
     
  13. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    3 AP and 1 Honors last year (eng, Chem, History, trig/precalc)
    4 this year (calc, physics, eng, and gov), and I could have taken 5 wih german, but didnt have the space to take it.
     
  14. 2012Cadet

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    Oh, okay...thought you were saying you were trying to decide between the 2 options...good then.

    I am also doing this, but for my junior year, for the same reason and it will better prepare me for academy calc (if that's possible:rolleyes:) and so I can possibly validate it.
     
  15. USMA_2014

    USMA_2014 Cadet 2014

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    I took 3 APs Junior Year (US History, Lang. & Comp, and Statistics) and did a dual-enrollment program Senior Year (Community College classes) for College Algebra and Pre-calculus.
     

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