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Opinion | AP classes are worth it

Students tend to fail to see past the difficulty of AP, ignoring the benefits
Grace Bellavia
A stack of AP World History books represents the amount of work required of students in Advanced Placement classes. But just because the class is difficult doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the work.

A student walks into her AP class, not looking forward to all the hard work she might have to do. Despite this, she tries to remember the potential for getting the class out of the way in high school instead of college will save her a ton of money and time. 

AP students may be seemingly overloaded with work, but some think that it will all be worth it in the end. Students will not only save thousands of dollars depending on how many AP classes they so choose to take, if at all, but they also might be able to graduate from college early. This is what makes AP classes rewarding, and sometimes students fail to see that.

Students who put in the necessary work for AP are likely to acquire these rewards, which sometimes makes them strive to take more classes at the AP level. After receiving college credit, they realize that it will in fact save them money and time. Some students drop AP classes at the beginning of the year simply because it is not something suited for them, but some students often drop because they are not willing to put in the effort necessary to gain the benefits that come with taking an AP course. But in general, reward can not be acquired without at least some effort. 

Students often try to avoid AP level classes because of the heavy workload and difficult tests, simply because this is what other students tell them. Students are often scared away from AP classes before they even step into the classroom. Even if students do not pass their AP exams, they can still benefit from the knowledge they gained from the course. 

According to College Board, “AP students, including those with average scores of 1 or 2, are more likely to enroll in a 4-year college, compared to academically similar students who did not take AP in high school.”

Students will inevitably shy away from college level courses because of all the time and work they require, but there is an easier option, and it does not require an expensive test at the end of the school year. Dual credit courses allow for college credit to be acquired over the course of the school year, automatically contributing to a future college student’s GPA, all without the stress of the dreadful AP exam. 

A student walks out of the Freshman Campus gymnasium, satisfied with how she did on her AP exam. A couple months later, in June, she receives her results. She got a score that she deserved, as a result of her hard work and dedication throughout the year – exactly what is needed while taking AP courses. 

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    Joan RuudOct 18, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    Well said. Also, well worth taking the courses.

  • S

    StefanieOct 18, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Well said! The risk vs. reward factor can be intimidating but the risk builds character and stamina for future endeavors, wether that’s college or not.