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Mon Feb 9, 2015, 12:15 AM

What do you think of the College Board?

Between the SAT, the SAT subject tests, the CSS Profile, and IDOC -- they have a sweet little racket. That's what I think.

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Reply What do you think of the College Board? (Original post)
Algernon Moncrieff Feb 2015 OP
knitter4democracy Feb 2015 #1
rainbobryte Feb 2015 #2
SheilaT Feb 2015 #3
Algernon Moncrieff Feb 2015 #4
SheilaT Feb 2015 #5

Response to Algernon Moncrieff (Original post)

Mon Feb 9, 2015, 12:56 AM

1. They also run the AP tests.

I'm not a fan to put it mildly.

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Response to Algernon Moncrieff (Original post)

Mon Feb 9, 2015, 12:58 AM

2. I'll say...

CEUs are just as bad. My friend is a medical assistant and has to have so many hours of them every year to keep his certification. He says 99 percent of them have little if anything to do with his daily work duties.

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Response to Algernon Moncrieff (Original post)

Mon Feb 9, 2015, 03:50 AM

3. The good thing about the AP exams

 

is that they actually are a valid test in the subject matter.

The grade you get in the exam corresponds pretty closely to what you actually learned.

In the rest of the world they have tests like this, ones that show what the kids learn in specific subject areas. Apart from the APs or the SAT subject exams, we don't have those things very much. They really are a good thing.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 9, 2015, 10:21 AM

4. There's another benefit. Lowered costs for the kids who score 4s or 5s.

It's often one less course they have to pay $120 and upward per credit hour to take.

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Response to Algernon Moncrieff (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 9, 2015, 01:41 PM

5. Yes. That's a huge benefit.

 

I've also read that kids who take AP classes but don't do very well on the exam, still go on to do better at college than those who never take AP classes.

Understandably, not all kids will be ready for AP classes and exams, even many who will go on to do just fine at college, but for those who can, they are a good thing. Every so often I'll meet a high school teacher who tells me that her high school tries to get them to water down the AP content, clearly not understanding the entire point of those courses.

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