Advanced Placement Classes: For Preparation Or Credit? (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 5:24 PM EDT

UNITED STATES (www.incnow.tv) -- Recent reports show that a student who had been recently accepted to Dartmouth College discovered that only two of the seven advanced placement courses he took while in high school would qualify for college credit.

The Ivy League school currently awards credit hours in select subjects for qualifying score on AP, International Baccalaureate and A-level exams. And beginning in 2018, AP scores will not translate into college credit hours but may still exempt students from introductory classes at Dartmouth.

This decision is bringing the Advanced Placement Program under scrutiny, despite the fact that high school students seem to agree that college classes demand more work than the same class offered at the high school level.

Dartmouth chairman of the Committee on Instruction says that AP courses help prepare students for college and the expectations and course load.

The student whose courses wouldn't qualify for college credit has said that he believes students should still take AP courses to demonstrate that they took a challenging curriculum for the college admission process.

Bishop Luers High School's guidance director told 21Alive that students need to ask themselves why they are taking the AP classes. She says that taking AP courses teaches students how to push themselves.

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