URGENT: No Math Senior Year?

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  1. dlee96

    dlee96 Member

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    I have taken all the math classes my school has to offer (up to and including AP Calc BC, but not AP Stats)

    I recently switched my AP Stats class with AP Psych b/c of the homework load. The class just doesn't justify the workload and I have to balance all of my extracurriculars as well.

    I am taking AP chem, AP spanish, AP Enviromental Science, and AP psych now.

    However, I am a bit worried as my parents are telling me that I need to take AP Stats b/c it is a math course and if i don't, my chances for the SAs and college in general will be ruined.

    My reasoning is since I took AP calc BC last year, I'm fine taking other APs senior year.

    Thoughts? What should I do? Should I switch back into Stats? :frown:
     
  2. My3Sons2017

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    Contact West Point

    dlee96, I would contact your WP Regional Commander and ask this question. Although you can get great guidance on this forum, you need to find out how this might effect your competitiveness as an applicant. Math and Science and the ability to score HIGH in these areas on the SAT/ACT are a huge plus.
     
  3. dlee96

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    I also received a 34 composite, 35s in both english and math, if that helps.

    @My3Sons2017
    Thank you for the insight, I will be contacting my RC ASAP
     
  4. navygirl89

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    I would say this is fine because you've basically taken (I'm assuming) the highest level of math your school can offer.
    And your math scores are high and the rest of your workload is pretty tough so clearly you aren't slacking, but contact your Admissions Liason just to be sure.
     
  5. 845something

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    You potentially put yourself in jeopardy of being not qualified if you do not handle this correctly.

    You need 4 years of math. Many schools put algebra from middle/jr high on your transcripts - if so, I venture to say that you have 4 yrs on your transcript.

    Especially if they don't, make sure you communicate with your RC that you took the highest math classes you have available at your school.

    Next, you dropped stats - you need to make sure that doesn't show on your transcript or it might tip off your RC to an issue. Obviously you are capable, but dropping a class shows a lack of motivation that might make you less desirable to a SA. They should take in the totality of your schedule, but if you tell them the reason you dropped stats was you didn't want the homework, that isn't good. Be careful how you phrase your discussion.

    Both Stats and Psych are core courses at WP, but I guarantee you'd have a better chance at validating Stats. I doubt a HS psych course is going to cover the same material that WP will. That should give you something to really think about.
     
  6. BigBear

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    You cannot validate psychology, even with a 5 on the AP Psych test.
     
  7. dlee96

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    Thank you for all the replies. I switched back into AP Stats just be on the safe side. I wasn't aware of this 4-year math policy, I incorrectly assumed that taking up to AP Calculus BC would be sufficient.
     

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