The Answer Sheet: AP


Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 03/12/2010

Harvard study: Are weighted AP grades fair?

By Debra Viadero. A new study by a Harvard University researcher looks at the practice of giving weighted grades to high-level high school courses, and he issues a warning about the effects on college admissions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:46 PM ET, 03/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Grades, Grades, Grades | Tags:  AP, college admissions, weighted grades

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 01/29/2010

AP Courses: How many do colleges want?

I’ve just started researching college admissions in depth and already I'm about to answer a question with the same response that annoys me so much from college admissions directors. (Let me apologize now.) A reader posed this question: How many Advanced Placement courses should a student take in high school to go to college? The answer: “It depends.” On what?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:31 AM ET, 01/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions, College Admissions | Tags:  advanced placement, ap program, college admissions

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 01/29/2010

AP: College admissions directors weigh in

Here are some of the responses I received from college admissions officers to a query about how many AP courses they wanted to see on an applicant’s transcript. See the post above this for a discussion of this issue..From University of Southern California's Jerome A. Lucido, vice provost for enrollment policy and management: Students are always advised to take the strongest curriculum that they can reasonably handle while pursuing opportunities for academic and extracurricular opportunities for which they have a passion. We do not advise students to design their lives around what they believe that we or any other admission office may want. This, after all, is the personal journey of each student.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 01/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions | Tags:  ap program, college admissions

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 01/11/2010

How do schools spend AP fees?

Ever wonder what your local high school does with the money it makes from the Advanced Placement tests its students take? Did you even know your local high school can make money on each AP exam it administers, sometimes amounting to thousands of dollars?

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:01 PM ET, 01/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP tests