3 Great Reasons to Take AP Courses

Article-Photos31Allow me to be brief: enroll in AP classes, and enroll in as many of these courses as possible. Though such curriculum is not simple, you will thank yourself in the future. Here are three reasons to do so:

AP classes unlock additional possibilities

When you begin college, you may soon feel that your first-year schedule is eerily familiar. Core classes at undergraduate universities (which can compose a year or more of your college career) are often introductory courses in subjects that you studied during high school. You can avoid such redundancy with AP classes—if you score well on the AP exam, you earn the right to opt out of general requirement courses. You save both time and money. I completed a semester of college before I graduated from high school, which enabled me to participate in a full-time internship with the United Nations. AP courses also allow you to begin advanced—and more interesting—study the moment you reach college.

AP classes distinguish you to admissions committees

AP classes can also earn you tremendous respect from admissions boards. An admissions counselor who notes AP classes on a student’s transcript instantly understands that the student is serious about challenging him- or herself, and those students are the ones that colleges wish to welcome to their campuses. If you are considering highly selective schools, AP courses are nearly a requirement for an acceptance letter. Such universities may view a lack of AP classes as a suspicious lack of commitment.

AP classes ready you for college

Finally, AP courses are fantastic because they teach you far more than their equivalent high school class. By assigning college texts, they prepare your mind for the onslaught of challenging reading assignments that await you freshman year. A student who already understands the verbiage of undergraduate academia by the time he or she reaches college will have the opportunity to set a solid foundation with his or her freshman year GPA. On the contrary, a student who must take the time to acclimate to the new reading and writing demands of higher education before they approach the assignments may struggle in the beginning. Make sure you don’t need to waste any time figuring out this new style and instead are able to successfully jump right in.

The rigor of AP classes can help you stay well ahead of the crowd. Commit yourself to them now and study hard.


This article was written by Caleb Zimmerman

Caleb Zimmerman is a professional writing and test-prep tutor for Varsity Tutors. He graduated from The King's College in New York City in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in politics, philosophy, and economics.


  1. Debbie

    This is good advice and very true. My daughters took mostly AP classes Senior and Junior years of High School. They were both accepted into rigorous colleges. We were told at every college we toured that they look at what is offered at the HS and if the students challenged themselves by taking as many AP classes as possible. It prepared them for their college classes and as stated in the article, they tested out of a lot of classes.

  2. Nicole

    I question the validity of much of this, although perhaps part of my issue is that I ultimately went to school outside the US.
    I can say that AP courses (English in particular) gave me an edge in writing a well-structured, developed essay in forty-five minutes or fewer.

  3. Heather

    I question the quality of these AP courses in some high schools. It is amazing how many sophomores in high school seem to be prepared for a college-level class when they are barely out of Jr High. We must be breeding a generation of super people!

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