On-Level vs PAP/AP

Jasmin Khan, Director of Writing

Taking a Pre-AP or AP class is something that most students look forward for when they first get into middle school and high school.


There are many reasons why you should take one or a few pre-ap or ap classes when you get into high school.


According to Princeton Review, here are some beneficial thing about taking pre-ap or ap classes are:

  1. Prep for college
    1. These classes might seem challenging but they are fast-paced, cover more material than regular classes, and require independent work like research and analysis. However that dose of a college-level curriculum early on could ease your transition from high school senior to first-year college student.
  2. Rise to the top of the pile
    1. Advanced Placement classes can show admissions officers that you’re ready for college-level work. Good grades and academic rigor are the most important factors when schools  evaluate applications. Even over standardized test scores!
  3. Strengthen your transcript
    1. So, many high schools give extra weight to AP grades when calculating your GPA. Taking an AP class and getting a B is often a better choice than getting an A in a regular course.
  4. Study what you love
    1. When looking at what pre-ap or ap course to take, look at the ones that you are good at and enjoy a lot. There are 38 AP subjects from computer science to Japanese language and culture. However, it depends on what high school you are going too.
      1. For example, if you’re a science whiz, AP Biology or AP Chemistry may give you the extra challenge you crave.
      2. If you’re the next Ernest Hemingway, head to AP English. Choosing a subject you’re interested in, or have had previous success in, will help you commit to the workload.


I personally feel like a person should take on pre-ap or ap class that they are very interested in. From there they can see if that course is right for them and help them see if they are want to continue taking advance course that are right for them.


So when you are ready to take a risk! Take a risk on a pre-ap or ap class!


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