AP Exams for Student in Dual-Enrollment Program?

Question: My daughter is in an alternative program in her school district that allows a small group of selected kids to complete 11th and 12th grade at the local community college. The program combines high school English and Social Studies classes with up to two college classes per quarter. She receives double credit for each college class. She enjoys the program since she has the independence of a college student, more personal interaction with her teachers/ professors, more mature classmates, less social drama, more flexible schedule, and of course, the opportunity to take college-level courses.

The issue we are struggling with is whether or not to take the AP exams in subjects she is studying at the college. She does not have the option to take actual AP classes in this program. The college courses do not map to the AP curriculum, so the AP exams will require her to put in extra time to prepare. Is there any benefit to taking the AP exams, and how do college admissions counselors view students with such a background? She is a straight A student, by the way, including in the college classes, so GPA is not the issue. Thanks.

That's a good question, and you may get different answers depending on who you ask.

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