Advanced Placement Tests

  • Should You Take AP Macroeconomics or StraighterLine’s Macroeconomic Course?

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re a high school student who is considering taking AP Macroenomics at your high school, what can you expect? Would it be a better idea to take that AP test and the exam that accompanies it, or to take the Macroeconomics I Course that is offered online here at StraighterLine? Although AP program and StraighterLine courses both offer you a path to earning college credit, they are quite different. Here are some questions to ask as you weigh which option might be better for you. Are you confident that you will do well in the course? If you’ve already performed well in courses that required strong analytical ability – courses like Statistics, Algebra II and Calculus – chances are that you will earn a high grade in AP Macr ...

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  • What Are the Fastest Growing AP Tests . . . and what does that tell us about American education?

    Barry Lenson

    What Are the Fastest Growing AP Tests . . . and what does that tell us about American education? EdWeek.org just produced a nifty graph that shows which AP tests are attracting the most test-takers these days.  Maybe I am an educational geek of some kind, which explains why I find these statistics interesting. If you are a geek too, strap on your pocket protector. Here are some statistics that you will enjoy along with me . . . “Human Geography” is the fastest growing AP test subject of all.  10,531 students took it back in 2006, and 45,229 took it in 2011. That’s an increase of 329%. The only question is, what the heck is Human Geography? I thought it meant that your belly button is north of your knees, but apparently not. ...

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  • Finish College in Three Years and Save Money

    Barry Lenson

    Finish College in Three Years and Save Money Can you finish college in three years and save as much as 25% in college costs? Yes, you can. One strategy is to attend a regular college that offers three-year degrees. Some schools that have been offering three-year programs for several years include Hartwick College, Chatham University, Purdue University, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. According to “New Three-Year Degree Programs Trim College Costs,” a recent online article in U.S. News, even more colleges are jumping onto the bandwagon and offering degrees in three years. They include American University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Grace College and Seminary, Lesley University, and St. John’s University. A ...

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  • Does StraighterLine Offer a Better Way to Earn College Credits than AP Exams? You Decide

    Beth Dumbauld

    Does StraighterLine Offer a Better Way to Earn College Credits than AP Exams? You Decide Do AP Exams or StraighterLine courses offer you a better way to earn college credit and get a faster start on your college work? Let’s take a closer look. What Are AP Exams? The Advanced Placement (AP) program, run by The College Board, is made up of two components: AP classes that are offered in high schools and AP tests that are administered by The College Board. In order to earn college credits through the AP program, you need to pass an AP test and have those credits accepted by colleges where you are applying. There are currently 34 AP courses that you can choose from. Topics include languages, history and politics, math, science, and ...

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  • Getting Into College Made Easy: Six Ways to Dramatically Improve Your SAT Scores when Time Is Short

    Getting Into College Made Easy: Six Ways to Dramatically Improve Your SAT Scores when Time Is Short
    Barry Lenson

    Getting into college isn’t as difficult as it seems. Today we’re offering another common-sense post that proves that point. Today we’ll attack this question . How can you significantly increase your SAT scores when time is short?  I saw this problem arise a lot when I was working as an SAT tutor. With only a month until an SAT test date, for example, a student would suddenly realize that he or she needed to add 100 points or more to each of the three SAT sections in order to get into a particular college. And I have to tell you, it’s tough to boost scores that much in just a short period of time. Ready to get on the road to your degree? Get started today! But here are three strategies than can often get the job done: Strat ...

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