Advanced Placement exams from the College Board are generally comprehensive and challenging. Earning a passing score (3+) clearly demonstrates that you can handle college-level courses and should boost your chances of getting accepted to the more selective schools. While policies vary from school to school, many colleges require more than a passing score to earn college credit, however. Since the average cost per credit hour for colleges across every sector is roughly $600 (tuition only) and a full year of chemistry or biology is typically 8 credit hours, earning a 4 or 5 on the AP Exam in either subject can save you on average $4800 in tuition. This alone is a significant amount of money, but the savings are much higher when tuition is being financed with student loans.
Unfortunately, Advanced Placement exams in STEM subjects are particularly selective. The data from the College Board from the 2018 AP exams show AP Biology with a 61.5% pass rate and 7.2% 5-rate. AP Chemistry had a 55.9% pass rate and 13.4% 5-rate. AP Statistics had a 60.7% pass rate and 14.6% 5-rate. AP Calculus AB had a 57.6% pass rate and 19.4% 5-rate and finally, AP Physics 1 had a 40.6% pass rate and 5.7% 5-rate. These are clearly some of the tougher exams when it comes to earning high scores.
The big question is whether you are prepared to take the AP exams. The difficulty of an AP class depends on your school and its grading policy and also varies significantly from one teacher to another. Sadly, the difficulty of an AP class is not always correlated with the performance of students on the actual AP exams from the College Board. A lot depends on what material is covered, how the material is presented and whether students are routinely exposed to practice exercises that match what is found on the actual AP exams.
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