Preparing for College

Advanced Standing through AP Exams and Pre-College Credit

Question: My son, now a high school sophomore, will have completed 7-8 AP courses and 7-9 college courses by the time he graduates. If we assume high scores on AP exams and A’s in courses, how are selective colleges likely to consider these credits? He’d like to complete college in three years. Are there any general practices among colleges regarding their granting of credit?

You ask good questions, and, unfortunately, there are no easy answers. Policies that cover the way AP credits are considered vary from college to college and, sometimes even from department to department within an institution. The same is true of college classes taken prior to formal matriculation.

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