To be challenged - AP classes are rigorous and demanding and offer a great deal of intellectual challenge. They give you the opportunity to dig deeper into subjects that interest you.
To share your ideas and better express yourself - the dialog and debate in AP classes contributes to the knowledge that everyone shares
To arrive at college better prepared - AP classes develop more rigorous study habits, develop your time management skills, sharpen your writing and advanced research skills, teach you how to think critically and use your problem-solving abilities, as well as work collaboratively in groups. You will learn how to navigate the academic expectations you will encounter in your college courses
To help you find your future - AP classes can help you transform a subject you are enthusiastic about into a fullfilling future. Each AP course connects directly to a wide variety of college majors and careers. Use the Collegeboard tool at apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap/ap-and-your-future and see what AP courses prepare you for certain career paths.
To demonstrate college preparedness in the college admission process - if you do well in an AP class, it is a signal to admission counselors that you are ready for the pressures of college study and that you were up for the challenge of taking the most rigorous classes your school has to offer
To earn college credit - many colleges grant credit or accelerated placement based on your performance on AP exams which are scored 1-5. Many colleges accept scores that are 3 or above, while more selective schools look for 4s or 5s. Each institution has their own AP credit policy and those policies can be found by searching the Collegeboard’s AP Credit Policy database. With these additional credits, it can be easier to fulfill some of your general education course requirements, pursue a double major or a minor or take elective courses that interest you.