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Med school and AP test scores?

I heard that some Med schools do not accept credit that you get from an AP test; you must take the class in college because they think that high school level AP classes do not teach up to their standards. Now, I got a 5 on the AP chem test, and do not wish to take the class again.

So, Is it true that some med schools won't accept the AP credit?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Yes, it is true. It is important to do a lot of research into what medical schools you are planning on attending and seeing what they say. Most Universities recommend that students retake the classes, especially because they will likely be an easy A (since you rocked the AP exam and all).

    Also, the other benefit is that you will understand the expectations of professors and will be taught additional information that will help you with future classes at the university or with the professor.

  • 1 decade ago

    No med school accepts AP credits.

    You cannot go straight from high school to med school. To apply for med school, you must first get a Bachelor's Degree and complete the prerequisite courses (such as Organic Chemistry, Biology, etc). That means that you first have to go to college or university for four years. Graduate schools, such as medical ones, only look at your college transcript and don't really see anything prior to that. The same goes for colleges, they only look at your high school record and not middle school or elementary.

    Now, depending on what college you apply to, you may get credit for AP Chem in regular college as an undergrad. You got a 5, which is really good. Most colleges will give you credit or at least let you skip the introductory course with that grade, except some don't accept AP grades at all, so it really depends on where you go. Some colleges do have that opinion about AP classes: that they do not teach up to their standards, so they won't accept them.

    A chemistry class in college will not be like AP Chem at all. AP classes are not a very good indicator of what real college is like, because real college is not about cramming as much information in as you can to take a standardized test at the end of the year.

    There's a long time before you will be able to go to med school. Focus on applying for four-year colleges now, and then focus on graduate school later.

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