How many AP classes should I take?

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Ao se candidatar a universidades nos EUA, os cursos de Colocação Avançada e as fortes pontuações nos testes AP podem oferecer uma vantagem significativa - especialmente se você estiver de olho na Ivy League ou em escolas similares competitivas. Continue lendo para saber sobre os benefícios das aulas de AP, quantos alunos podem fazer, e como os estudantes internacionais podem acessar os currículos AP de qualquer lugar do mundo!

What Are AP Courses?

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are entry-level college courses offered as high school classes that are standardized and administered by the CollegeBoard. There are 38 different AP exams offered globally, ranging in areas like Psychology, Art, Humanities, Science, Math, History, and Languages. AP courses are designed to prepare students for college-level work by offering a more accelerated approach to the traditional courses offered in high school.

As aulas de AP diferem das aulas tradicionais no sentido de que são projetadas para preparar os alunos para um teste padronizado a cada primavera que é desenvolvido pelo CollegeBoard com o objetivo de demonstrar a compreensão de um aluno sobre matérias de nível universitário. A padronização assegura que cada aluno que passa no exame AP seja realmente capaz de acompanhar o trabalho do curso de nível universitário!

How Many AP Classes Should You Take?

The recommended number of AP courses/exams to take varies based on the kind of universities you’re hoping to apply to. A 2013 study conducted by admissions officials at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill found that students should  “pursue at least five college-level courses” during high school; however, it’s important to keep in mind that since the study was conducted, acceptance rates have decreased significantly and the competition is more fierce than ever.

How Many AP Classes to Take for Ivy Leagues and Other Top Schools in the US

For students aiming for the Ivy League and Top 20 schools in the United States, a good target is to take (and pass) 10-14 AP classes throughout your high school career — or 3-4 each year. Keep in mind that this course load is not realistic for every student, and if you feel that you’re not capable of taking 10-14 APs while also taking care of your mental health and balancing things like extracurriculars, consider pursuing 7-8. It is more important for you to do well in fewer AP classes than to earn mediocre grades in many.

If students do well in the course but not on the exam, not to worry! The transcript admissions officers see will still benefit from a rigorous course load. However, a strong score, or recommendation, is quite advantageous — especially for applicants to the most competitive universities — so if your test scores are strong, you will want to submit them!

“Despite widespread test-optional policies, we noticed [last year] that the vast majority of STEM applicants (70%+) still submitted test scores in just the EA/ED round. Standardized tests are still considered a valuable data point for Admissions Officers and a strong score still helps students stand out. This is especially true for regions where the vast majority of students are submitting scores — you don’t want to be the one student without one! On the flip side, if your peers are all unable to test due to cancellations, then you are also fine in not submitting a score, but this also provides an opportunity for you to stand out even further with a strong score (if you are able to safely take the test, of course),” says Senior Crimson Strategist, Brice.

Take AP Classes Online to Maximize your Potential

You may be thinking “my school doesn’t even offer 10 APs!” Especially for international students, your school may not offer any APs! Rest assured —  there are easy ways to pursue AP courses outside of your traditional high school. For example, Crimson Global Academy (CGA) is the premier online high school that offers supplemental AP courses from the comfort of your own home.

At CGA, we believe in a learning approach based on competency and maturity, not age. This means students are free to unlock their full potential in studying advanced coursework. Many schools don’t allow students to start taking AP classes until sophomore or even junior year, and oftentimes, schools have prerequisites students must meet before enrolling. At CGA, this is not the case;  as long as you’re excited and academically prepared to take a class, you’re welcome to enroll!

To chat with a CGA enrollment advisor about available AP courses as well as the time and financial commitment, please fill out this form! And to learn more about how Crimson can help strengthen your college application in other areas, from essay assistance to extracurricular mentoring and more, click the link below to schedule a free consultation with one of our expert Academic Advisors.

How can CGA help?

Academia Global Crimson can provide the answers to all these questions and provide the help you need. CGA is a fully registered online high school that provides International GCSE, A Level and AP classes online for students aged 12-18. Students can also participate in a variety of extra curricular activities, coding classes and internships with CGA.


This article is written by Shannon Fennell, Crimson’s North American Marketing Lead. Shannon completed her Bachelors at Franklin University Switzerland where she majored in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies & minored in Social Justice and Sustainability. Shannon has a passion for environmental and social justice and immersing herself in new cultures. Shannon currently lives in California and enjoys reading, water polo, hiking, yoga, and traveling.

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