How Many APs Do You Need?

How Many APs Do You Need?

By Emma

Oh, high school. You make us wake up so early we're queasy, you feed us Grade-Z meat for lunch, and then you refuse to let us take enough AP classes. A Sparkler writes:

My question is about AP classes for competitive colleges. I attend a very rigorous private school, but one where our class periods are longer than the norm (65 minutes) and subsequently we have fewer class periods. I'm a sophomore this year with no APs, and next year I will be taking 2 (AP Bio and APUSH). I would do AP Calculus, too, but AP maths and sciences are double periods, so if I did that and Bio, I would already have lost half of my class periods. I get worried when I see other students writing in about taking 4 or 5 APs in one year, because my schedule won't let me do that. I'm on track right now to apply to some great schools, as I'm taking some of the hardest classes a sophomore can take at my school, I'm a section editor for the school paper and I got a 233 on my sophomore PSAT. However, I don't know if I'll be viewed by colleges as a student on the same level as the applicants who took 8 or more APs in their high school careers. Am I going to suffer because of my school's schedule restrictions?

What do you think? Will colleges scoff at her schedule?

Topics: college applications, APs

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