Good morning! Any honors and AP classes are certainly key to success but grades, extracurricular activities and SAT/ACT scores are really critical in getting accepted into the college of your choice. The more challenging classes will certainly help you prepare yourself for success in college but make sure you are taking classes where you can still achieve the required/ minimum grades for acceptance. Also, I wish I would have done more CLEP tests in high school or that summer so definitely check into what is offered for you. This will help you save money in college by avoiding classes you could have tested out of with CLEP. Writing classes might help you also with any required college essays.. you want to stand out from the pack here! Focus taking classes to help you improve your SAT/ ACT scores where needed. I know for most colleges this is a big check mark. Good luck to you!!
AP credits are the way to go. Not only do they familiarize you with college level content, but they also can be transferred as college credits in most institutions. Try taking one AP for the general education requirements ( math, biology, physics, writing, etc.). Other resources other than AP include, CLEP exams and taking non-degree college courses when in high school. I took CLEP exams and college courses before actually starting college and the credits got transferred to my university.
When I was a senior in high school, took a freshman seminar class which is mandatory for all college freshman. Taking a foreign language is also important. At least take a foreign language class for 2 years. Take as much much math classes as possible, such as statistics. AP classes are also important as well; the more you take the less classes you need to take your first freshman year.
Taking any honors and AP classes is a great way to boost your GPA and challenge yourself with more difficult content. AP classes are a great opportunity to prepare for the speed of college courses as well as the amount of information you are expected to learn. If you do well enough on the AP exams, there is also the possibility of getting college credit for those courses. When determining which AP classes to take, try and think about the types of classes you may be interested in taking in college. For example, I knew I wanted to continue studying Spanish in college (it ended up being one of my minors), so I took 2 years of AP Spanish in high school. I received credit for both of those courses in college, and that allowed me to get to the higher level Spanish classes faster.
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I would recommend trying out AP English/literature.
Good idea. Most AP classes teach programs that are very close to college courses. Also if available take Dual Credit classes.