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Do I have to take Chemistry first before I can take AP Chemistry in high school?

I'm trying to figure out my schedule for the rest of my 2 years of high school. I'm trying to become a Physical Therapist.

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Karissa’s Answer

No. You can't take both. Your counselor will only place you in AP Chemistry if you did well in Biology.
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Colton !

It's wonderful to know that you are working on your schedule for 11th and 12th grade ! I would like to give you some advice as it applies to your interest in becoming a Physical Therapist which is a most exciting and rewarding career !

You don't really have to take AP courses in high school in order to realize you ultimate dream career as a physical therapist. You can look at your grades from 9th, and 10th grade human sciences like biology and if they are excellent, you probably would do well in AP chemistry. If they are average, it's no need to worry, but consider if you want overall good grades in high school or okay grades while taking more demanding courses. Base it on what you want to do and how much studying you want to do. It's your choice.

What would also be helpful in making decisions about the courses to take would be to explore the requirements of the college you intend to apply to. See if AP courses are necessary. If they are, talk to your high school guidance counselor about taking the AP Chemistry. If AP classes are not necessary, consider taking non-AP Chemistry. Also think of the work and study load of your other classes in 11th and 12th grade. Only you know what will work for you.

Something that you may want to do just for the fun of it and to see how you do is to take some practice chemistry tests to gauge your level. The following are links to some of these tests that you can do online: https://www.thoughtco.com/questions-on-basic-chemistry-quiz-609618
https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=practice-chemistry-test
https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/can-you-pass-basic-chemistry-test
https://www.varsitytutors.com/college_chemistry-practice-tests
These tests will give you an idea of where you currently are and perhaps will inspire a decision to take AP Chemistry or non-AP Chemistry.

No matter what you decide, I wish you all the best and know that you will do well !
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Hema’s Answer

If your school provides that opportunity to take Chemistry prior to AP Chemistry, my advice would be to take it.
Taking the basics will make AP Chemistry Easy since AP is a college level course. Best wishes
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Kathy’s Answer

You absolutely don't have to worry about taking Chemistry before you dive into AP Chemistry. Just go straight ahead with AP Chemistry, and remember, you've got this! Best of luck to you!
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