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OMG: IB/AP does not mean that much anymore.

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    1. I was literally about to ask exactly that.

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    2. Actually, yes it does. It's not that hard to search it up on Google and find articles and essays that outline why it can be helpful.

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  2. Holy shit I just posted an OMG related to this. I'm a first year that never had the opportunity to take an AP or IB course because my school didn't offer them, but honestly people I know who've taken them and have done well know just about the same amount of material as me if not less sometimes.

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    1. Most likely they forgot all the stuff a few months after AP exams? If you stop a random 3rd year chem student there is a good chance that they can't solve 1st year acid/base reaction questions on the spot. Similarly a 3rd year math student probably can't prove mean value theorem for you off the top of their head.

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    2. @2a: Aw fuck, I don't even remember what the mean value theorem is...

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    3. IB was never about what you learned, but how you learned it. It was all about overloading you with work early on so you get used to the stress and learn how to manage your time.

      This is actually helpful, since it's more useful than just knowing extra content about your first year courses. After all, that extra knowledge is eventually going to run out. By the time 2A comes around, everyone will start from the same base, and so whoever has the better foundations in study skills are the ones that excel in the end.

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  3. I took 6 AP courses while in high school. It really depends on how you learn.
    For example, I took physics B and then got to UW's phys121,122 and 124. Did not see anything new until the second half of 124. Also AP computer science is about java, which they don't teach you in this school. AP Calculus BC covers pretty much math137 and 138, although much less rigorous. I took AP bio and chem too, but did not take these at UW so can't comment on the quality of these AP courses.

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  4. i took AP calc and i thought it would prepare me for uni.
    it totally prepped me for the work, but it did NOT prep me for the tests.
    the AP exam was horrid and i did poorly, but overall i was happy i took AP.
    it at least familiarized me for math 137 and 138, even though i still did poorly in both those classes in my first terms.

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  5. all the IB students i know dropped out of UW

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  6. AP and IB courses are good if you want to be challenged in high school, but I never understood why people did full IB. It's mostly a waste of time if you're already set on a particular field (as you are forced to take a full load of sciences, languages, social studies, etc). Honestly though, I already had a decent work ethic to begin with and I'm happy I didn't have to stress myself out during high school.

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  7. I took the full IB program and honestly it was the biggest waste of time. It in no way prepared me for uni stress! Basically you have 5 courses to complete in 2 years vs. the 5 courses in 4 months that uni is all about.

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