Classes Offer Taste of College

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 17, 1999 | Go to article overview

Classes Offer Taste of College


Byline: Erin Clinton-Cirocco

Taking tests is not the way many students hope to spend a sunny afternoon - not to mention spending $75.

Yet, last week and this week, hundreds of students at Warren Township High School have invested three hours of their day taking the Advanced Placement examinations.

AP classes are geared for those academically inclined students who are interested in picking up college credit in order to escape rudimentary academic college requirements.

The classes are the closest most high school students will get to knowing what college is like, without yet having set foot at a community college or university.

AP offers students a sample of the challenging work they will experience while in college. This work, aside from covering course material, is geared to help students pass the AP tests. Using practice tests, students gain an understanding of what awaits them.

Warren guidance counselor Bruce Campbell believes that while AP is challenging, students with the ability to cope with the challenge should enroll in AP class and take the corresponding examinations because of the benefits.

Aside from being good classes to have on transcript, AP "affords students the opportunity to take college-level classes and earn credit beforehand," Campbell said. …

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