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?

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Robin

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Wed, 04-13-2011 - 9:28am
Another thought- that kid must be really smart if he went straight to AP Physics without taking a pre AP Physics class. My son took pre-AP Physics and still thought that AP Physics C was really challenging.
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Wed, 04-13-2011 - 9:22am
Interesting. I guess it depends on the teacher or maybe the kids you are taking the class with. In my son's AP Physics class 6 of the 22 kids made it into the finals for the National Physics team (or something like that.). All I know is that 10,000 kids took the test nationwide and 300 kids made it into the finals and 6 of them were from my son's class. My son was not among them (LOL) but it had to add to the competition. Also there are a couple AP Physics courses and one of them, AP Physics B, is for non majors so it is a lot easier than AP Physics C. A lot more kids in my son's school take Stats so the class was a lot less competitive.
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Wed, 04-13-2011 - 9:12am
Robin that makes sense. Jordyn doesn't plan on being a math or science major, she's looking into art history/conservator and graphic design. She will have all 4 years of her math credits after Junior year, so she doesn't need to take one her senior year if she doesn't want to and with all her other classes, didn't want to take Calculus or a regular core class junior year, but still needed to take a math class. I did talk to a senior boy that works at a restaurant that my DH does business for, he's a straight A, top of the class kid and he said that he he took most of the same classes Jordyn is planning on taking and that AP Stats is a pretty tough course, but AP Physics wasn't really if she did fine in Pre-AP Chemistry. So we'll see what happens this next year.
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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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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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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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Fri, 03-18-2011 - 2:27pm

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

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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 - 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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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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