Benefits of high school students taking AP courses

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Many high school students across the country are already thinking ahead to next Fall and the classes they'll be taking.  Some of those classes are AP courses which means your student is able to earn college credit while still in high school.  

Last Fall, millions of students took the PSAT/NMSQT, which stands for "National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test."  Scores were released in December, so what's next?  Those scores are important in helping your student determine which AP courses to take next school year.  

Terry Redican, Vice President of AP Program Delivery says,  "One of the benefits of earning college credit in high school is students are able to bypass or move through some of those introductory courses in college and get deeper into their 2nd and 3rd level courses more quickly and that result is AP students are more  likely to graduate college on time."

That's not the only perk of getting a jumpstart on college credit.  Redican says, "They get the opportunity to really practice skills like critical thinking, reasoning and communication.  Things college admissions officers have highlighted to us as why they value AP courses so much for students."

Terry says test scores from the PSAT/NMSQT can help students decide which AP courses to take in high school.  He adds, "Students should follow what they're most interested in but there are some courses where students might have a natural affinity or natural ability in a course that might be a match with where their interests lie."

No matter what they're interested in, Terry says combining your teen's likes as well as their academic strengths to determine their college level course work in high school could help take them to the head of the class. 

It's also important to note AP classes are not just for the most intellectual students but they should be motivated and willing to work hard.

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