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How Will Admission Officials View Bio in 11 and Physics in 12?

Question: My sophomore in high school is planning her classes for her junior year. Since her older sister took physics honors as a junior and struggled a lot, I was considering having my sophomore daughter take AP Biology as a junior and physics as a senior. We plan to have her apply to highly selective schools since she is a great student. Would highly selective colleges view AP Biology in a negative light versus an honors physics class as a junior?

Typical applicants to highly selective colleges have taken at least a year each of biology, physics, and chem. For those aiming at the hyper-selective spots (i.e., the Ivies and their ilk), all three of these classes (or at least two) are commonly elected at the AP level (if offered, of course).

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