Why you should take AP Classes

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Nathan Lee, Editor

One of the many things that high schoolers do is take AP classes. Some take it to earn college credit, some take it so it looks good on their transcript, some take it for the GPA bump, and some take it to challenge themselves. They are all valid reasons. At Broad Run many AP classes are offered ranging from a variety of subjects. 

 

Personally, I think the best reason to take AP classes is to challenge yourself. The jump from a traditional class to an AP class is pretty huge since these classes are supposed to be at the difficulty of an introductory college level course. This means that they are very fast paced at times since teachers need to get through the content for the whole year to get ready for the AP exam. You typically have many quizzes and exams, even three times more as compared to a traditional academic class. The AP exam is somewhat similar to a college final exam as it typically contains free response questions and multiple choice. This exam tests your understanding and knowledge about everything that you have learned in that class and are usually administered in May. If you get a 3 or above in the exam, you get to earn college credit if the university you are planning to attend accepts it. This means you save money since you don’t have to pay for those credits in college and get a headstart. You may also have the chance to take the higher class when you get to college which may allow you to graduate faster. 

 

The following are the AP Courses that are offered at Broad Run

 

English: AP English Language, AP English Literature

Math: AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Computer Sci 

Social Science: AP U.S./Comparative Government, AP U.S. History, AP Human Geography, AP Psychology, AP World History, AP Econ 

Science: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Environmental Sci 

Foreign Language: AP French, AP German, AP Latin, AP Spanish