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Can you take an AP exam without taking the class?

I honestly am not interested in AP I am more interested in IB however I do want to utilize the time that I can to accumulate as much college credit as possible. So while I am in sophomore year, still in pre-IB is it possible, with study, to take an AP exam and maybe score high enough to get credit for it? #high-school-classes #ap #high-school-students #sophomore #advance-placement

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Ashley’s Answer

Well you can try to take the AP exam without having to take the full class . Although , it would be much difficult to take an AP exam without the class . Although , there are AP study books on certain subjects that you can study from and try to pass that way . Or you can maybe look on online free study guides with the subject to help you study and learn the material. I would overall say that there can be a possibility in scoring high enough on the AP exams to get credit if you do study, understand , and the know the subject well. Although , I do recommend in taking the AP class.

Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advice Ashley! I'll be sure to take this into account! Nada
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Abhi Y.’s Answer

Yes, absolutely you can! As a professional College Admissions Counselor (Ivyfuture.com), I would add a few challenge questions to help guide whether you should or not:
- Academics and course rigor are certainly important to colleges and this would be helped if you can add an extra AP by passing the exam. However, it represents a seriously significant time investment to prepare for. One that would crowd out other valuable opportunities. Do you feel you have highly differentiated yourself in some activity with an experience that is so unique that colleges can't get it from another student? Most would say no. In that case, your time investment is better spent cultivating an experience within your existing activities that provides you a unique direction that stands you apart and makes you a must have!
- A common myth is that colleges want well rounded students ... FALSE! They want a well rounded student body comprising a pool of students with unique and highly differentiated abilities/experiences. Cultivating your superpower allows them to see what YOU can add to their already vibrant campus community.

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