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Standardized Exams - Tip 3

This blog is specific to the AP (Advanced Placement Exams).

Not to date myself any further but how things have changed. When I was in High School, there were only a handful of exams that a student could sit for in terms of Advanced placement exams. There were your basic sciences, such as Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, and of course English Literature and US Government. However, nowadays, students have up to 34 AP exams to choose from, ranging from Chinese to Art History to French or any other subjects a student could imagine.

So why sit for these exams? what are the advantages?

First is the tangible benefits, which are:

1. Taking and acing the AP exams are much cheaper than paying for college credits at most major universities. Thus, students who prepared in advanced, no pun intended, could easily see major financial savings.

2. By passing AP exams and earning college credits, you graduate sooner. Also, allowing you to have either a lighter course load or allowing you more time to work part-time, or use that extra time to simply graduate with multiple degrees.

Now, let's look at some research on long-term benefits.

- AP students are more likely to graduate from college in four years - students who take longer to graduate at public colleges and universities can spend up to $19,0001 for each additional year.

- AP helps students qualify for scholarships - 31 percent of colleges and universities look at AP experience when determining scholarships.

I will write more on the AP exams as we know exam dates are approaching. Thus, key is how and when should students start prepping for these all important exams.

Thanks,
Keith