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Title: AP Gov't
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shannok - May 19, 2008 10:56 PM (GMT)
I am debating whether to take AP Government or regular government. any opinions? would you say that it is easier or harder than AP US History? thanks for influencing my decision.

Orborde - May 20, 2008 01:26 AM (GMT)
You would know better than we would about the relative quality of your AP vs non-AP govt classes. I tended to take the hardest classes I could in high school, on the theory that they were usually more interesting, and I think that was mostly the case. Talk to the upperclassmen to see what they thought of the classes.

Now, as I said, we can't factor in the quality of the two classes for you, so don't take the following as Gospel truth:

Have you checked whether a college you are interested in will give you credit for a good AP score? If you are set on a college that won't give you credit, you might as well save your $100 (or whatever they charge for AP these days). On the other hand, if you're anything like me, you don't have any idea where you're going to college yet, so it might be worth taking a gamble and doing the AP test in the hopes that it will get you out of a class later.

Personally, I took every AP test I could, partially because I could, and because my school subsidized several of them.

dimmick - May 22, 2008 11:28 PM (GMT)
I passed on it because I wasn't sure where I was going to college, and I've regretted it ever since.

Unless you know for sure that the school you're dead set on does NOT accept the credit, then take it; it's always nice to have extra credits laying around when you get to college.

shannok - May 27, 2008 10:37 PM (GMT)
Thanks for all your advice. As I mentioned earlier, I was debating whether to take AP Gov't or Gov't and Economics together. I think I am going to go with the AP Gov't. The more AP classes I take, the more experience with the higher level courses I will have, and the easier it will be to catch on in college. Does that sound like a reasonable prediction?

dimmick - May 29, 2008 01:00 AM (GMT)
Yes, though to be perfectly honest with you, I found AP classes themselves to be poor predictors of what college classes are like. College lacks nearly all of the stupid busywork of high school (which I experienced even in AP classes), but there are much higher expectations for reading and quality writing, plus the fact that if you get involved in things, you end up juggling a much busier schedule.

But that's not to cut you down or anything; I do think that it is advisable to take as many AP classes as possible, for the credits if nothing else. After all, $100 or whatever for three credits is MUCH cheaper than those same credits in college.

shannok - May 29, 2008 08:42 PM (GMT)
I think will take AP classes mostly for the credits. Even though I have only taken one AP class, I have noticed the excessive amount of useless busywork. Likewise, my teacher is not very particular on the reading and writing, so you hit the nail on the head with that. I plan to take as many AP classes as I think I can handle. :D

Cloaked - October 31, 2008 05:02 AM (GMT)
My school had not one (out of eight A.P. programs) that offered any amount of busywork. I guess I got lucky if your experiences are the typical ones.

katrinacoleman94 - November 1, 2010 08:05 PM (GMT)
well, From my experiene, Ap government is easier then U.S history because its alot less material that needs to be learned and also Ap courses period are difficult.. I think the real choice that needs to be made here is want you are willing to spend alot of time on and what interest you the most, probably the class you will most succeed in!!!

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