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Is AP Overload a Wise Choice?

Question: I am currently in 11th grade and hope to go on to an Ivy League school. I will attend Harvard this summer; I am Haitian-American, have a 97 average, and 1330 on my SAT. In 9th grade I was misplaced in regular classes instead of advanced and honors classes. To make up for this, I plan to take six different AP classes in 12th grade. Is this a good idea, and what are my chances be of getting into an Ivy?

Six AP classes will give you an awfully heavy load. In your effort to impress Ivy admission officials, you want to be wary of crashing and burning under the weight of it. You certainly don't want to submit a senior transcript that will have the opposite effect--that is, lots of top courses but only so-so grades.

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