According to the College Board, eighty-five percent of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP® experience favorably impacts admission decisions. In addition to giving students a competitive edge, there are a number of other benefits for students taking AP® classes.
Yes. Our AP® Chemistry course is one of the few online courses audited and approved
by the College Board and strictly adheres to the most recent curriculum requirements for
AP® Chemistry. Approved providers of AP® courses receive a renewal letter each year authorizing them to affix the AP® designation on student transcripts. Authorized courses appear on the College Board AP® Course Ledger which is used by admissions officers from higher education institutions and officials at state departments of education to verify student course transcripts. You can find our listing on the Ledger by entering “ChemAdvantage” on the Quick Search line.
Yes. We do accept students in “brick and mortar” public, private, and international schools that do not offer AP® Chemistry. If you are planning to have the course listed on your transcript, it is your responsibility to get permission from your school. Then, you just need to put us in contact with your school and we will take care of the rest. Because we have an online gradebook that is updated daily, we can easily match your school's grading policy. We also accept students who are taking the course outside of school to prepare for the AP Chemistry exam and who do not require a transcript.
The prerequisites for the course are first-year high school chemistry and Algebra II. The College Board provides this explanation. "Surveys of students who take the AP® Chemistry Exam indicate that the probability of achieving a grade of 3 or higher is significantly greater for students who successfully complete the first course in high school chemistry prior to undertaking the AP® course. Thus it is strongly recommended that credit in a first-year high school chemistry course be a prerequisite for enrollment in an AP® Chemistry class. In addition, the recommended mathematics prerequisite for an AP® Chemistry class is the successful completion of a second-year algebra course."
Students who wish to be successful in AP Chemistry must have the following qualifications:
* First-year chemistry can be waived for students who are exceptionally strong in math.
The College Board will not allow credit on transcripts for students earlier than 9th grade. Fortunately, homeschooler grade rankings are often fluid and this may not be a problem. Here is the link to the college board bulletin on this.
AP® Chemistry is the equivalent of first-year college chemistry. Taking the course too soon before enrollment in college can leave a “science gap” for younger students. If there are extenuating circumstances that make it necessary for a younger student to take the course now, we strongly advise parents to see if they can schedule a chemistry-related follow-up course(s) after AP® Chemistry that will allow the student to continue their chemistry education before starting college. Some colleges open organic chemistry or biochemistry courses (summer or during the school year) to high school students who are ready for advanced study. These programs should be ones that have a regular lab component where a student would get a chance to work with lab equipment and instrumentation