General Questions about Validating

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  1. EndangeredQuake

    EndangeredQuake Member

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    I had a few questions on what courses to take because I am an accepted candidate currently in my first year in college.

    So if we validate a GE must we must replace with another GE of sort? Or can we just take a class that corresponds to our major?
    If we validate Calc 1, do we have to take a new sequence? Reading the RedBook for 2018 says we do. Is it in our best interest not to validate Calc 1 to take an easier course load? (not an engineering major)

    Currently picking my classes for my 3rd quarter. Should I take classes in an attempt to validate or just fun classes?

    Thank you.
     
  2. mvgerdes

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    I know that if you validate a course, you continue onto the next level. So if you validate calc 1 you get put into a calc 2 class
     
  3. jagger19

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    Validating means that you replace that course with a more advanced course - you do not get to have an empty slot in place of that validated class. If you validate out of calculus, you'll get put into, I believe, multi-variable calculus in place of it. Validating chemistry lets you move onto chemistry 102. This trend continues. It will, theoretically, give you a harder course load which could weigh your GPA down, but those more advanced classes have more weight on your overall GPA, so I wouldn't worry too much.
     
  4. Padre101

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    Can you clarify "those more advanced classes have more weight on your overall GPA?" Is like taking an AP class in high school where if you get a 3.0, it is a weighted as a 4.o?
     
  5. jagger19

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    Essentially the same thing, yes.
     
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  6. cajunrouge2021

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    What if I validate English 101 and 102? I took AP Lit last year and made a 4 on the exam. I'm taking AP Lang this year and it looks like I will get a 4 or 5 on the exam.
     
  7. jagger19

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    I'm not sure about validating EN courses, but there's no reason to believe that validating those is an exception to the rule. You'll just be placed in higher -level classes. Academics are really not what you should be worrying about right now, though, if you've already been accepted. Practice for that APFT.