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Should I take AP classes in high school so I don’t have to pay for them in collage?

If I take AP classes in high school I can take them for free as in when I take them in collage I have to pay for them. What should I do?
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Hi Talina! Good question, I'm happy you're thinking about your future. Don't forget that saving money is just one of the benefits of taking AP's! AP classes also give you a GPA boost, help you acquire study habits and time management skills, show colleges you "challenged" yourself in high school, and prepare you for the overall rigor of college. Plus, AP classes help you learn what fields/majors/jobs you're interested in exploring further in college. So I definitely believe AP's are worth it and believe me, your future self will be grateful that you took them when you're not drowning in student loans later. You can do it, I believe in you! Mireia R.

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Rachel’s Answer

It is definitely a money saver but but not a time saver. If you plan on taking AP classes it may get stressful. You have to make sure you manage your time well. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).

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Simeon’s Answer

If you can manage to get college hours covered by AP courses, it's very much worth it (but check to make sure the colleges you are looking at accept the AP courses you're taking). It's less about making your application look better than it is about graduating early. I was able to graduate a semester early because of my AP hours, so it paid off for me.

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Estelle’s Answer

My son started college with about 45 hours of AP credit. It was definitely helpful to have those classes already paid for.

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Rachel’s Answer

Absolutely take AP classes if possible. If you can take these classes, absorb the information and pass the AP test, you may be able to test out of up to 2 years of college. If minimizing college cost is important to you, AP classes are a great option.

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