AP credit question

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AP credit question
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Wed, 03-16-2011 - 4:11pm
My son took AP Stats and he was planning on taking the AP test, but he found out that School of Mines won't award any credit for AP Stats. That seems weird since he can get credit for Calc AB and BC and for Physics C. I don't really understand why they don't award any credit for Stats. Does anyone know why this might be?

Thanks,
Robin

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Registered: 03-22-1999
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 3:54pm

I really don't know why that would be.

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Thu, 03-17-2011 - 4:29pm

There was just a meeting at my son's HS for college planning, and the Academic Dean was very clear that

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Fri, 03-18-2011 - 7:15am
They won't even give credit as an elective. Someone on the parents of college students board said that AP Stats is a stats course for liberal arts majors. I guess that is why an engineering school gives no credit. I don't no, but it makes sense. I just wish the guidance counselor had told him it wasn't the right course for an engineering major.

Robin
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Registered: 09-19-2006
Fri, 03-18-2011 - 7:20am
I understand that. I was just surprised that they accepted Calc and Physics and not Stats. If they didn't accept any credit I could get that.

Robin
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Registered: 05-13-1998
Fri, 03-18-2011 - 9:55am

Are they not recognizing the class at all or are they just not giving him units for it. A lot of universitites are starting to limit the amount and the types of AP's they will accept. Some will not accept them for units but they'll let you take a higher level course because you passed the entry level in high school.

From the bits that I've read, colleges are starting to feel that the AP courses are too prevalent and not always well managed and taught. At you DS's college of choice, it may be that the statistics AP is irrelevent to the major or they don't feel that the material covered with the Statistics AP is comparable to their own statistics course.

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Fri, 03-18-2011 - 2:05pm
I am not sure I understand exactly what you are asking, but I will try to answer. CSM had a list of AP classes classes and the credit you can get for them. For instance with a 5 on the Calc BC test you get 8 credits and place ou of Calc I and II. For Stastics it says score 4 or 5 and you get "no credit awarded.". Based on my research I think it is because Stats is too easy. It is a class for non-science majors.

Robin
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Fri, 03-18-2011 - 2:27pm

I think this was in response to me. I'll just clarify in case.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sat, 03-19-2011 - 12:47pm

"we won't give you any actual credits BUT you can replace English 101 with a higher level english class."

This is exactly what my college did. You still had to take 4 years of classes to graduate, so there was no financial savings as there might be for some schools, but you could take more interesting courses right off the bat.

Most of the private colleges and universities around here treat AP courses this way.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 4:25pm
That is interesting. ODD is taking AP Statistics next year. She's not necessarily doing it for the AP credit per se, though it would be nice, but more because she felt it would be a more interesting class and didn't really care to take Pre-AP or AP Calc.
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Wed, 04-13-2011 - 8:03am
I would say that if your daughter is not going to have a major in the sciences then AP Stats would be a good class to take, but if her major is in the sciences she ought to take AP Calc. My son said AP Calc and AP Physics were challenging but Stats was really easy. I suppose that that should have been a hint that it was a "rocks for jocks" type course.

Robin

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