My Kids’ AP Exams and College

School is crazy nowadays.

Back in my day (I sound so old writing this phrase) we didn’t have crazy ACTs, SATs, APs, and other strange tests.

Actually I might’ve had to take the SAT. I don’t remember.

Either way, it wasn’t as emphasized as it currently is.

My oldest took 5 AP classes in his senior year of high school, and many of his friends took even more!

He just graduated with a total of 11 or 12 total APs, and he says that that’s what he had to do to get into a good college. (He did get into an absolutely amazing college and I’m so proud of him.)

I’m currently struggling with letting him off to college (he just had his orientation) and it’s going to be difficult.

However, one thing that I struggled with greatly during his high school career was helping him with his AP classes.

I’m not smart enough to assist him with them so all I could do was support him and help him find the best prep materials for him.

That’s where BestAPBooks comes in.

They were great for figuring out what prep materials are best for him, and he praised the website when he was looking for prep books for AP lit, APUSH, and AP Statistics books.

I didn’t find out about the site until the middle of his junior year, but it would’ve been very helpful if I had known about it beforehand.

The CollegeBoard AP Prep info is useful, but it doesn’t have as much information as well-written AP books.

I used to read the reviews on Amazon, but with the influx of “honest and unbiased” reviewers who received the book for free it’s hard to figure out which books will actually get you a 5 on the exam and which reviews are shills.

Also, one thing that you might not have known is that the AP exams change from time to time, so if your oldest kid bought an AP prep book a couple years ago, it might be out of date when your youngest has to use it.

I didn’t know about this until I visited the AP Books website, and I was a bit embarrassed because I kept telling my youngest that he can just use the old books.

I guess I’ll have to buy him newer ones when the time comes, but it’ll be worth it because my oldest is going to college with a ridiculous number of credits.

He could graduate in three years or less thanks to the AP exams he did, but if you’re thinking about having your kid do the same- be careful! Not all colleges give credit for AP scores and for some colleges the credit is simply “elective” credit which means that it’s nearly pointless.

Also, make sure to tell your kid to take the class not just for AP credit and grades, but for the knowledge.Best AP Books

There’s no point in having him get a 5 on the Calculus BC exam just to forget all of it before college starts and have to retake the Calculus 1 math courses there.

It’s not worth it.

I hope that you found this post useful, but for now I’m signing off!

Thank you for reading.