#1
...why I'm asking the pit..? ah well.


I wanted to know what do you guys think about taking 1 AP class and 2 honors class.

Would that give you a better chance into getting a better college? What's more important. Doing really well on your SAT, or doing a bit below average on the SAT but having an AP class.
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Depends on the kind of colleges you are applying to. In general, the more you do, the better.
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Sat is honestly the most important thing.


But regardless of how you do in an Ap class, you look much better making the effort.
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At my high school, honors classes were nothing. Most of the AP students take two or three AP classes, and another honors class.
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Getting into a good school is not hard at all in the US, if you score well on your test you'll be able to attend most any school. Getting money to pay for that school is another story.

The three hours you spend taking the SAT or ACT test is more important than the four years of classes you take, so plan accordingly. The extra classes won't be worth anything if you score below average on the SAT.
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Umm. . .ACT is way more important than SAT. Well, I guess it depends on the college, but most colleges REQUIRE the ACT.

I'm taking 4 AP classes and two honors this year; I'll take 11 AP classes by the time I graduate. It's worth the time if you can pass the final exam, especially if you get a 5. I'll be a sophomore my first year of college, since I'll have so many credit hours.

It also depends on where you want to go or if you're looking for a scholarship, etc. . .
#8
3.5 GPA and around 1200-1300 combined SAT scores will get you into any decent school you want. Unless you aim for an Ivy League school. If you want to go to a normal state college, AP classes and honors aren't worth the effort.
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i took 3 APs last year, and honestly none of them were very difficult, except for calc cause i suck at math

i would say take as many APs as you think you can handle, cause they obviously wont hurt your chances of getting into good schools and you can get credits so you dont have to take as many classes in college
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#10
AP is better. but really, having an AP class won't affect your SAT scores... that just doesn't make sense

EDIT: After reviewing posts I'm shocked, trust me a GOOD New England college would rather see hard classes than an SAT score. but I guess it depends on where you live. I'd say most New England colleges are the standard, but if you're going to a school of 40,000 students somewhere in the south just to see their football team play... fuck classes AND test scores, you don't need either.

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Do you highschool's requiere service hours? Will that help too? I already have 80 something and plan on getting the brights future scholar. Also one of my teachers said that If i take another tech class, and maintain my gpa above 3.0, I get a 75% scholarship
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Do you highschool's requiere service hours? Will that help too? I already have 80 something and plan on getting the brights future scholar. Also one of my teachers said that If i take another tech class, and maintain my gpa above 3.0, I get a 75% scholarship

anything you can put on college applications looks good. if you dont have to volunteer, dont worry about it, but if you can i guess you might as well because it'll be another thing to sell to colleges. if you dont do many extra curricular stuff or sports, id say service hours are a major plus

i had to do 100 hours before i graduated, and i definately needed them to beef up my applications cause the only extra thing i really did was ice hockey
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#14
Yeah, service really helps. And I think ACT & SAT scores are less important than class rank, GPA, and the difficulty of the classes you took. I think the AP classes really make a big impression, especially if you get a 3 or above on the test.
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neither. get into as many as possible AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES!!! surprisingly thats wat colleges look at more. its crazy but true.
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A challenging high school course record is much more vital in the admissions process than standardized test scores are. SAT scores do matter, but for the most part, American schools are looking for what you DID in high school, academically and outside of the classroom.
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This year im taking
Ap english
AP stats
AP Gov and Economics
Ap Human geo
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then 2 choirs.

My highschool, most people take 2 everyyear after sophmore year,

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SAT is more important I believe. AP is more for yourself...
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Umm. . .ACT is way more important than SAT. Well, I guess it depends on the college, but most colleges REQUIRE the ACT.

I'm taking 4 AP classes and two honors this year; I'll take 11 AP classes by the time I graduate. It's worth the time if you can pass the final exam, especially if you get a 5. I'll be a sophomore my first year of college, since I'll have so many credit hours.

It also depends on where you want to go or if you're looking for a scholarship, etc. . .

If ur talking about the US, ur talking out of your ass.

The ACT and SAT are two completely different KINDS of test. One tests learning ability and the other is what uve already learned.
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The ACT and SAT are two completely different KINDS of test. One tests learning ability and the other is what uve already learned.


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Getting into a good school is not hard at all in the US, if you score well on your test you'll be able to attend most any school. Getting money to pay for that school is another story.

The three hours you spend taking the SAT or ACT test is more important than the four years of classes you take, so plan accordingly. The extra classes won't be worth anything if you score below average on the SAT.

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Umm. . .ACT is way more important than SAT. Well, I guess it depends on the college, but most colleges REQUIRE the ACT.


If ur talking about the US, ur talking out of your ass.

The ACT and SAT are two completely different KINDS of test. One tests learning ability and the other is what uve already learned.


Hmm... yess the two tests are completely different.

Also, no college requires ONLY the ACT. Most colleges require the ACT or the SAT. So... neither is more important. Basically, you take the test that you are more likely to score the better score on. Either way, the tests are only 1 benchmark among many that colleges look at to determine applicable status.

Schools look for these things(no order, all are definitely important):

-Sat OR Act score
-Your Personal Essay
-How challenging your highschool curriculum/classes were(Ap or Honors, yes/no)
-How well you did(GPA)
-Other activities
-Leadership/Community Service
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Yeah I had a feeling the ACT was a different test then the SAT. I heard that ACT is easier, but you need to score higher?

and Wow is this the smartside of the pit?
#24
The way I balance my schedule is this:

1 or 2 AP's depending on when they're offered and what they're offering. (normally two AP's)
1 or 2 Honors depending on what AP I'm taking. If I'm taking two AP's they are either English or History or both.
One standard math class.
1 slacker class. Usually Band, but my freshy year I took computer apps which was another easy A
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Umm. . .ACT is way more important than SAT. Well, I guess it depends on the college, but most colleges REQUIRE the ACT.

I'm taking 4 AP classes and two honors this year; I'll take 11 AP classes by the time I graduate. It's worth the time if you can pass the final exam, especially if you get a 5. I'll be a sophomore my first year of college, since I'll have so many credit hours.

It also depends on where you want to go or if you're looking for a scholarship, etc. . .

Location has a lot to do with which test they care about (SAT or ACT).

It really depends on the school. Some say **** the standardized testing, what are your grades? Were you challenging yourself? But in regards to AP classes a lot of colleges look at it in terms of what were you offered, and did you take advantage of it. Like if your school didn't offer AP classes, they generally wouldn't let that affect the decision. But if your school had a decent amount of AP classes and you took none of them, thats different.
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doing well on your SAT is most important
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Ap look good on applications and where i am they are worth 6 QPA points for an a which really brings up your class rank
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#30
If it makes you feel better, I'm taking 2 AP courses, 2 honors courses, and one regular.
AP US History, AP Music Theory, Honors Pre-calc, Honors Physics, and Regular English, so no matter what you do, know that there is someone out there with more work than you.
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basically if you make good enough on your act/sat thats all they'll really worry about. but if you dont do so hot on those tests they'll go back and look at your GPA, and class schedule. of course, if you fail everything then it'll be tough to do it even with good test scores
#32
you can usually just up front ask the specific college what they look at when taking applications. But in terms of the kind of high school courses you take, doing decent in AP/Honors courses is better than doing well in regular courses.
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Bring snacks for the SAT. It really is that long. It's physically draining.
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