Studying at her table, junior Pearson Heim reviews her notes for her AP Environmental Science test. Juniors and seniors share their opinions on the AP classes offered at Plant.
Samantha Macuare, Managing Editor
March 9, 2021
Never know which APs totake?Not to worry,your classmates are here to help!Plant students give their real opinion on the AP classes here at Plant. AP Economics: “I would definitely recommend taking AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics. I think it’s very important that we gain an understanding of our economy before we become adults. The class ispretty tricky, but it usually follows logic. I have liked it so far, but microeconomics is much better than macroeconomics.” Senior Erin Moffitt AP European History: “AP European History is honestly the best class. The teacher is amazing, and he makes the course so easy there are no tests. He makes you think about life and he actually cares about your well-being.” Senior Andres Sada AP Government: “I would definitely recommend taking AP Government for sure! It’s an easy AP and it’s very interesting learning how our government system works. You learn all about the different parts of the government and how they work. If someone’s on the fence about whether to take it or not,definitely do! It’s worth it later in your life.” Junior Dru Seymour AP Human Geography: “I think AP Human Geography was a great first AP class to take because it really taught me how to effectively outline, take notes and study for tests in order to succeed. The content you learn in the course continues to come up in other classes, as well, like AP U.S.Government and AP Environmental Science, which is super beneficial. Overall, I really enjoyed the class and would recommend it to others as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort to study.” Junior Libby Gough.
Never know which APs totake?Not to worry,your classmates are here to help!Plant students give their real opinion on the AP classes here at Plant.
AP Economics: “I would definitely recommend taking AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics. I think it’s very important that we gain an understanding of our economy before we become adults. The class ispretty tricky, but it usually follows logic. I have liked it so far, but microeconomics is much better than macroeconomics.” Senior Erin Moffitt
AP European History: “AP European History is honestly the best class. The teacher is amazing, and he makes the course so easy there are no tests. He makes you think about life and he actually cares about your well-being.” Senior Andres Sada
AP Government: “I would definitely recommend taking AP Government for sure! It’s an easy AP and it’s very interesting learning how our government system works. You learn all about the different parts of the government and how they work. If someone’s on the fence about whether to take it or not,definitely do! It’s worth it later in your life.” Junior Dru Seymour
AP Human Geography: “I think AP Human Geography was a great first AP class to take because it really taught me how to effectively outline, take notes and study for tests in order to succeed. The content you learn in the course continues to come up in other classes, as well, like AP U.S.Government and AP Environmental Science, which is super beneficial. Overall, I really enjoyed the class and would recommend it to others as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort to study.” Junior Libby Gough.
AP Psychology: “Yes, I do recommend it’s my favorite class.Mr.Boza is my favorite teacher,and it’s super interesting andfairly easy. He doesn’t give a lot of homework you only have to study for quizzes and tests but besidesthat no homework.” Junior Sophia Fournier
AP Latin: “AP Latin is a really interesting class because we not only translate the texts of famous Roman authors but also explore the military and cultural history of an empire that was involved in shaping Western Europe to a large extent. I would definitely recommend taking it if you have prior Latin experience because the Mr. Henson is a great teacher, and the workload is not too bad.” Senior Matthew Maney
AP French: “I would definitely recommend it you really learn a lot. You get to use what you’ve learned in reading in advancedliterature and in writing essays. You also really get to learn a lot about French culture. It’s not really a hard class and plus you’ve had past years of French classes, so you already have that base knowledge in order to do well soit’sreally not that hard.” Senior Samuel Garside
AP Spanish Language: “I think the whole experience has been great. Our class gets along well as gets to share our experience and different cultures as we come from different Spanish speaking countries.” Junior JP Florentino Mattos
AP Spanish Literature: “The class exposes you to Hispanic culture, especially its literature. It dives deep into stories, songs and even theater plays. The class focuses on interpretation and analysis of these types of literary works and how they have changed over the decades. I recommend this class because it will help students learn and appreciate Spanish literature in a whole different way.” Senior Keoni Aponte
AP U.S.History: “It’s a really interesting class. It’s a bit course load heavy but I think the material is very pertinent to life.I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in history or just wants to take an interesting class.” Junior Jessica Thaxton
AP World History: “AP World was definitely a challenging class. We were responsible for reading the textbook outside of class, as well as taking notes in class. Mr.Nonnenkampalways made class interesting by including funny stories or tricks to remember information during his power points. I learned a lot about how humanity evolved over time and advanced. I recommend this class to anyone who finds history especially interesting or just wants to challenge themselves.” Junior Mackenzie Nichols
AP Computer Science: “I enjoyed the class because I got to learn how to code while meeting new people. We could work together to understand how computers program and operate. I would definitely recommend taking it.” Junior PranavJadhav
AP 2D/3D & Studio Art: “I’ve only taken 2D, but I really enjoy it and it’s nice to have a creative outlet planned into your school day.” senior MorganAustrich
AP Art History: “AP Art History is a great class. Mr. Ren is an amazing teacher; he really gives his all to his students. He makes it superinterestingand I would definitely recommend the class to anyone.” Junior Otis Wildman
AP Music Theory: “I personally found the class very interesting, insightful and enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone who would like to further their music education.” Senior Zeke Bruehl
AP Language: “AP Language isn’t actually as difficult as people perceive it to be. Sure, there’s obviously going to be writing involved sand a few essays here and there, but in my opinion, I surprisingly enjoy the class because the curriculum doesn’t gloss over real-world implications and social issues. The AP Lang teachers are also well versed in their application of teaching and pretty much make this class easier to approach.” Junior Madison Briggs
AP Literature: “AP Literature with Mr. Thomas has been a very enjoyable class. We have read multiple novels and plays and have learned a lot about writing different types of essays, but his class is still fun and chill. Although the class does require regular reading and writing outside of class, the workload has been very manageable overall, and I would recommend the course to incoming seniors.” Senior Maggie Rowan
AP Capstone: “AP Capstone is the hardest class I have taken so far. Capstone is not for procrastinators and I would not recommend people who do not like to work hard to take it. Although it is a very demanding class it also looksreally goodon college applications and it will set you apart from other students during admissions decisions. For me that was enough to push through and take it but for some that may not be enough motivation.” Junior Pearson Heim
AP Calculus: “AP Calculus isn’t terrible;it just takes a lot of concentration to understand the concepts. I’ve always been better at math than any ither subject so it’s not ultra-hard. I would recommend it for people who like math to some extent. It’s a true test to one’s sanity.” Junior Amy Cha
AP Statistics: “AP Statistics is a really good class to take as a senior and I would definitely recommend it. It ispretty easy, and the teacher, Mr. Jones, is super funny and chill. There is not too much math, it’s mostly reading and understanding the questions. Also, in AP Statistics, you use the things that you learn about in the real world and can apply them to your own life.” Senior Addie Robey
AP Biology: “AP Biology was a cool class to take. I personally did well in that class, and I thought it was very interesting. However just like any other AP it is a lot of work. I recommend that if you don’t like science don’t put yourself through all the stress,but if you do likescienceit is an interesting class to take.” Senior Annika Johnson
AP Chemistry: “It’s a hard class for sure, it’ll kick youover and over againif you aren’t prepared. But it’s a great class if you’re ready for it, I would recommend it, but you really have to like chemistry.” Junior Emily Geiger
AP Environmental: “Personally, environmental science wasn’t my subject, nor my favorite class to take. However, it allowed me to broaden my thinking about worldly issues and discover a new study that so many people enjoy. I would recommend the course purely because I know that many will like the concepts taught and find it to be an interesting class with a lot of interaction.” Senior Caroline Patsko
AP Physics 1: “It’s a really interesting and fun class. Mr. Skoglund is one of the best teachers I’ve had at Plant. Only take it if you’re ready to go the extra mile because this class is very challenging.” Junior Luis Marrero
AP Physics C: “AP Physics C was the most interesting class I have ever taken in high school. Although challenging, Mr. Skoglund is a great teacher and makes the subject interesting. Everyone participates when solving the complex Physics problems. I would only recommend taking the class if you are willing to put up the work.” Senior PedroLapagesse
- AP Physics 1. Despite a reputation as one of the most difficult AP classes, Physics 1 is also one of the most popular—137,229 students took it in 2021. ...
- AP U.S. History. AP U.S. history is one of the hardest AP classes in the humanities and in general. ...
- AP Chemistry.
|AP Class/Exam||Pass Rate (3+)||Perfect Score (5)|
|1. Physics 1||51.6%||8.8%|
|2. Environmental Science||53.4%||11.9%|
|4. U.S. Government and Politics||57.5%||15.5%|
The Hardest AP Classes
Traditionally, courses like English Literature, Physics 1, and Chemistry are difficult to self-study for or complete at home because of the need for conversation and 1:1 instruction — like the lab element necessary to understand the science courses' material.
What Are the Most Failed AP Exams? All AP exams have a passing rate of at least 50%. The most failed AP exams are Physics 1 (failed by 48.4% of all students), Environmental Science (failed by 46.6% of all students), and Chemistry (failed by 43.9% of all students).What is the easiest AP to pass? ›
- Physics C: Mechanics. 84.3% 41.6%
- Calculus BC. 81.6% 44.6%
- Spanish Literature. 75.1% 17.6%
- Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism. 74.4% 40.4%
- Physics 2. 73.3% 14.0%
- Computer Science Principles. 71.6% 10.9%
- Psychology. 71.3% 22.4%
- Computer Science A. 70.4% 25.6%
- AP Italian (2,102 test-takers)
- AP Japanese (2,204 test-takers)
- AP German (4,315 test-takers)
- AP 3-D Art and Design (4,573 test-takers)
- AP Latin (4,889 test-takers)
To be competitive at some of the most highly selective colleges in the country, 8-12 AP courses may be the sweet spot amount, assuming the student can handle that level of rigor. There are no colleges out there that require you to take 14, 17, or some other obscene number of Advanced Placement offerings.Is 4 APS too much? ›
Unless you're applying to the most selective universities, 4 to 5 AP courses over your high school years is more than enough. For students applying to the most selective colleges, you might need 7–12. But even so, taking 4 AP courses in a year can be extremely challenging.Are APS harder than college classes? ›
In general, there is a lot of material to cover in AP classes, so they tend to be more challenging than regular classes—especially courses like AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Physics, US and World History, and English. These are all much harder than their regular or honors equivalents.Why is AP Chem so hard? ›
AP Chemistry consistently ranks among the most difficult AP courses. The course covers many topics, while prioritizing essential scientific practices. AP Chemistry test data overlooks factors like the quality of teachers and schools. The AP Chemistry exam comprises both multiple-choice and written sections.
How many hours you need to spend on studying for AP tests every week is going to depend a lot on how much material you need to review and how comfortable you are with the format of the exam questions. In general, though, you should expect to study for several hours a week split over two to three sessions.Is taking 7 AP classes too much? ›
Aim for four to eight AP exams in your junior and senior years. For competitive Ivy League schools, admission officers also want to see AP courses for core subject areas and additional courses. If possible, aim to pass about seven to 12 AP exams if applying to these highly selective schools.What aps do colleges like? ›
- AP Chinese Language.
- AP Spanish Language.
- AP Art Studio Drawing.
- AP Art Studio 2D.
- AP Calculus BC.
- AP Japanese Language.
- AP French Language.
- AP Physics C: Mechanics.
What happens if you fail an AP exam? If you fail an AP exam, you will not receive college credit for that course. The good news is that a failed exam does not affect your GPA. In addition, you can retake the AP exam the next year.Is it OK to fail an AP exam? ›
The most substantial consequence to failing an AP exam is that you will not receive college credit for the course. However, many colleges do not even offer credit for AP courses. So, you may not be missing out on an opportunity at all. Either way, you shouldn't look at this as a scary consequence.Can you take an AP test again if you fail it? ›
AP Exams are only given once a year, but you may repeat an exam in a subsequent year. If you do, both scores will be reported unless you request that one be withheld or canceled.Is a 70% a 5 on the AP exam? ›
Usually, a 70 to 75 percent out of 100 translates to a 5. However, there are some exams that are exceptions to this rule of thumb. The AP Grades that are reported to students, high schools, colleges, and universities in July are on AP's five-point scale: 5: Extremely well qualified.Is a 2 failing AP? ›
Should I be happy with an AP exam score of 2? If you want to earn college credit, having a score of 2 may be disadvantageous as not a lot of colleges are willing to give college credit to students with an AP exam score below 3.Is a 70 a passing grade in an AP class? ›
The average passing rate in AP is 60-70%.What is the most liked AP class? ›
#1: AP English Language and Composition | 476,735 Students
In AP English Language and Composition, you'll “learn about the elements of argument and composition as you develop your critical-reading and writing skills.
The Key Number
If that answer isn't fully satisfying, here is a look at the average number of APs students tend to take over the course of their high school years, broken down by college selectivity: Selective schools: around 7–12 APs. Semi-selective schools: 4–8 APs. Less selective schools: 1–5 APs.
An Ivy League hopeful might take 3 to 5(!) AP classes, while if you're aiming for less-selective schools, 2 or 3 would be enough. (This truly is the most important year to take the most rigorous classes that you can AND do well in them!!)How many APs do you need for Harvard? ›
Freshmen who have taken College Board Advanced Placement exams need a total of four full credits to be eligible for Advanced Standing. Credits are earned by scoring 5 on a minimum of four AP tests.How many APs do valedictorians take? ›
Additionally, starting with the class of 2027, students must take at least six advanced placement, dual enrollment or early college classes to be considered for valedictorian status.How rare is a perfect AP score? ›
The most common score for students who submitted a portfolio was a 3; 38.5 percent of students earned a 3. Forty-two out of the 5,000 students who took the exam earned a perfect score across all components.What is the second hardest AP class? ›
The second hardest AP class is environmental science, with a passing rate of 53.4%. This class is often known for students underestimating the course.
To be a competitive candidate for admission, you will need to take at least 8 AP® classes, more if you can. It is a good idea to take 1 AP® course in each of the following core disciplines: English, Foreign Language, History, Math, and Science to impress the admissions officers.
It's a good idea to take two to four AP classes junior year, but students should be careful to not spread themselves too thin. It's important to keep in mind Wisconsin high school students take the SAT & ACT in their junior year.Is 11 AP classes enough? ›
If you manage to take 11 AP classes throughout your high school stay, that's enough (33 credits on average) to skip a whole year of college. While that may too much, even a couple of classes can be enough to give you a semester ahead of your peers coming into college.Do colleges care if you take APS? ›
While colleges definitely seek out students whose transcripts are peppered with plenty of Advanced Placement courses, the AP exam scores are unlikely to have a significant impact on your odds of admission. However, that doesn't mean you should skip the AP classes in favor of a less rigorous course of study.
First off, colleges measure students' coursework and performance based on the curriculum offered and the grades earned. Not the AP exam scores. Hence, self-studying for additional subjects is irrelevant because it isn't the same as taking a class and earning semester grades in it.Do colleges care about APS? ›
Most of the time, it is up to you whether a college will look at your AP exam scores during the admissions process. The vast majority of colleges do not require that you submit your scores at the time of application. If you scored a 4 or 5 on all of your AP exams then by all means self-report.Is AP Biology the hardest? ›
Excelling in AP Biology tends to be more challenging than other popular AP courses. Of the more than 212,000 students who took AP Biology in 2021, less than 10% earned the highest possible score (5) on the exam for this course.How hard is AP calculus? ›
The Pass Rate
In 2021, about 71% of test-takers passed AP exams with a score of 3 or higher. AP Calculus AB students had a pass rate around 61%. Because the pass rate of the AP Calculus AB exam is lower than the average pass rate across all AP classes, you could infer AP Calculus AB is more difficult than some others.
Nothing happens if you fail the AP Chemistry exam! You can still attend college whether you fail or pass the exam.How long is the longest AP exam? ›
|AP Statistics||3 hours|
|AP United States Government and Politics||3 hours|
|AP United States History||3 hours, 15 minutes|
|AP World History: Modern||3 hours, 15 minutes|
- 5 Steps to AP Cramming:
- Take a Practice Test & Use it as a Diagnostic Tool. Next step in cramming: take a full-length timed test and use it to diagnose your weak areas. ...
- Work on your Weak Areas. ...
- Work on your Essay Writing. ...
- Rinse and Repeat.
The Night Before the Exam
DO NOT STUDY. Get together an “AP Exam Kit” containing the following items: A few No. 2 pencils (Pencils with slightly dull points fill the ovals better; mechanical pencils are NOT permitted.)
While no Ivy Leagues offer a specific AP course requirement, they do generally all agree that they are looking for students who challenge themselves and maximize their opportunities.Do colleges look at APs senior year? ›
Senior APs do count. Colleges look at your senior courses to see that youre still taking challenging courses and your grades in your midyear report.
It depends on the student's high school. If a school offers 20 AP courses but students are only allowed to take a maximum of 2 AP classes sophomore year and 8 AP classes in total junior and senior year, then admission officers will only expect a student to enroll in 10 AP courses. They don't expect any more.Does Harvard care about APS? ›
While Harvard will not grant college credit for your AP tests, the school does want to see that you have taken advantage of all of the opportunities that are available to you, including AP courses and tests. Some schools offer international baccalaureate classes.Are APS harder than honors? ›
AP classes, however, are more challenging than honors classes. These courses cover information, teach skills and give assignments that correspond to college classes. High school students taking AP courses will be held to the same standard as college students.Do Ivy Leagues care about APS? ›
Most schools — including most Ivy League schools — award college credits for AP classes (assuming a certain exam score). These early credits offer students a head start in their college experience.What are the two hardest AP classes? ›
United States History, Biology, English Literature, Calculus BC, Physics C, and Chemistry are often named as the hardest AP classes and tests. These classes have large curriculums, tough tests, and conceptually difficult material.What happens if you fail an AP exam? ›
The most substantial consequence to failing an AP exam is that you will not receive college credit for the course. However, many colleges do not even offer credit for AP courses. So, you may not be missing out on an opportunity at all. Either way, you shouldn't look at this as a scary consequence.What is the easiest and hardest AP class? ›
- World History. ...
- United States History. ...
- Physics 1. ...
- Spanish Literature. ...
- European History. ...
- Italian Language and Culture. ...
- Art History. ...
- Gov. and Politics – US.
In general, there is a lot of material to cover in AP classes, so they tend to be more challenging than regular classes—especially courses like AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Physics, US and World History, and English. These are all much harder than their regular or honors equivalents.Why is AP so hard? ›
The primary argument for why Advanced Placement classes are so hard is the intensive workload. Students forget to take into that they are taking a college level class, so the workload is supposed to be more intense than a CP or honors class. Students know before taking an AP class what they are getting themselves into.Is AP harder than honors? ›
AP classes, however, are more challenging than honors classes. These courses cover information, teach skills and give assignments that correspond to college classes. High school students taking AP courses will be held to the same standard as college students.
Aim for four to eight AP exams in your junior and senior years. For competitive Ivy League schools, admission officers also want to see AP courses for core subject areas and additional courses. If possible, aim to pass about seven to 12 AP exams if applying to these highly selective schools.What are the pros and cons of AP classes? ›
- You may receive college credit.
- The rigor better prepares you for college.
- Weighted grades can boost your GPA.
- Coursework is time-consuming.
- Exams are expensive.
- Many selective schools don't take AP credit.
A strong score in an AP class benefits applicants, especially those applying to the most competitive universities. But, if you do well in the course but not on the exam, the transcript admissions officers will still see you successfully navigated a rigorous course load.Do AP classes really matter? ›
Advanced Placement classes show admissions officers that you're ready for college-level work. Admissions counselors consistently tell us that good grades and academic rigor are the most important factors when schools evaluate applications.