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  1. She took APUSH from PA Homeschoolers. We did a mixture of AP Euro at home and with tutoring from Meredith Noah in the month before the exam. I think AP Euro is really doable at home as long as you know how to write the essays, especially the synthesis essay. You have to understand what is being looked for in the essays - that is really important.
  2. Hi, My daughter also took it as a sophomore, but agree with what Lisa said about doing it as a Freshman. My daughter didn't do any other biology in high school after AP Bio. She did AP Chemistry and APES. However, she IS doing a lot of biology now since she's a sophomore pre-vet student. 🙂
  3. My daughter only ended up taking two exams of the four AP courses she took her senior year. The ones she didn't take, AP Chemistry and AP Calculus, were courses that she knew she would want to take again at the university level since she is a science major. So, it largely depends on whether the courses are required for their intended major. Of course, you don't have to take the credit for them, so if your child loves taking the AP exams - go for it! 😁
  4. The Richard Ladd book has sample questions by section and was very helpful!
  5. If you are going to move to Europe for part of the school year, do AP Euro! What a wonderful opportunity! If you are worried about which order to take them, my daughter did AP Euro first, then APUSH and got 5s in both, so obviously didn't make any difference.
  6. You could try using Campbell's Biology along with Mastering Biology. Then download the AP Biology Lab manual from AP Central and do all of the labs. Another excellent resource is Bozeman Science podcasts. My daughter took the course four years ago from Terri Kanner at PA Homeschoolers and got a 5 on the exam.
  7. I think for most of the schools we were applying to, the UCs, it did. In a pre-applications meeting with two UC admissions reps, their standard thought for homeschoolers was to go to community college and then transfer. It wasn't until they heard that she had taken AP courses and exams, scoring 5s, that they changed their advice. The exact quote from one of them was "You are not like the usual homeschoolers..." I think a LOT depends upon where you are applying. That's why i said, it was the nature of the game for US. It doesn't apply to everyone, but I should think it doesn't hurt. Also want to add to the part in which I said the reason we didn't drop AP Lit was for the transcript. That is only partially true. It was also because UC Davis gave her AP credit for both AP Lang and AP Lit, which meant she only had to take one of the three required English courses.
  8. Although I would add that I don't think effort and attitude should have any part of an official grade. Institutional high schools don't do it, and neither will university professors. (Yes, I know there is always the exception, but, by and large, it won't and shouldn't happen.)
  9. My daughter took both AP Lang and AP Lit from a highly regarded online teacher. She was a good writer going into AP Lang and the teacher did, in fact, help her take her essay writing further. AP Lit, my daughter would tell you, negatively affected her writing. Two years of that type of writing was overload. I think the problem is similar to what we didn't like about IEW. We tried IEW when she was around 4th grade because of all the wonderful things we heard, only to drop it quickly after a couple of lessons. IEW's strength, to me, is really about giving resistant or non-natural writers a formula and framework to churn out school essays. IEW will never make anyone a good writer! I think the AP English courses have a similar strength, but at an obviously higher level. I am glad dd did AP Lang, and think the teacher did an excellent job. Truly. However, if we hadn't wanted the AP course and exam score credit for her transcript, we would have had her drop AP Lit halfway through. It was the nature of the game for us - AP scores verified the "mommy" grade, no doubt about it.
  10. My daughter took APES two years ago with Molly Olsson. The class was enjoyable, my daughter felt well prepared, and the exam was an easy 5. Molly Olsson seems to be a genuinely nice person, and her class is very organized. And, wow, is she ever on top of grading! Sometimes things were graded and back to my daughter the same day. There isn't really any interaction between the students, but that was okay with us. I think it'd be hard to find a better APES class. :)
  11. Only one person signed up for the class, that I know of. The funny thing is that I came up here today to check with her on how it was going!
  12. Also, I'm not saying don't do the course descriptions. I'm just saying that I wouldn't sweat over them so much, and that the UCs don't want them (for those applying there). I think almost anything else on the application is more valuable.
  13. Yes, we uploaded them to the CA as well for the two private universities. However, the UCs do not want the course descriptions. There is no place to upload them unless one tried to upload them to the additional comments section, which isn't large enough to accept the entire course description and would also be in opposition to what the UCs say that section should be used for. (We did use that additional comments section to give more information about her homeschool, but it was done within the context of the directions.)
  14. We looked at Schmoop, briefly, for AP European History supplementation. It was so dumbed down, as your kids have already figured out.
  15. There is nowhere to submit them in the UC application. I spent waaay to much time on the course descriptions, never to be used. I do, however, now have a beautiful record of her high school coursework. :D (Edited to say that I shouldn't have said "never to be used" because she did apply to two private universities and was accepted. However, since she wanted to attend a UC, they didn't end up being useful for that.)
  16. Ditto everything Quark has said. I think the UCs are going to give a huge amount of weight to those test scores - SAT, ACT, and AP. They are going to look at the coursework and I really feel it is a good idea to make sure it comes from a mix of sources, not just all taught at home. Others may disagree, but I know when we sat with the two admissions people at UCD in dd's junior year, that is what we saw. The first counselor was really of the frame of mind that, as homeschoolers, we should go to community college (probably in her mind to gain credibility) then transfer to the UC system. As such, she spent very little time with us, but, at the last second, thought to pass us on to another admissions guy who had been a vet school aspirant and was working there after finishing his undergrad. This young man talked to us some about undergrad prep for vet school. We also talked quite a bit about why he decided not to apply and what his goals were now (interesting). I think he was pretty much wrapping the conversation up, but I kept finding ways of slipping in info about her academic background, Hearing that she was taking a lot of AP courses, and that she had gotten 5s in all the ones she had thus far finished, he started paying more attention. I think he liked that we had skyped with a tutor for French for years, used my AP exam design, and that she got a 5 on the exam. I think he liked that she had taken some AP courses online and gotten 5s. I think he liked that she had taken her first SAT subject test, under my instruction, in 9th grade and got an 800. At this point, he told us "you are NOT like the average homeschoolers" that he had come across. I think he also liked hearing she had extracurricular activities that showed long-time interest. I'm quite thankful to this young man. We were feeling dejected, and he turned that around. He gave us his card and said to contact him with any questions as time went on. He even gave us one hint about essays, which was to NOT write about loving the books by James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small), as he reads that all the time from Animal Biology/Animal Science majors. :) I think being able to do well from a mix of class types gives the admissions people a chance to see that the student can perform well in a venue other than one that is perfectly tailored to that individual student. When the student does well in other coursework outside of that taught at home, such as AP online courses, I think it shows shows admissions that the coursework taught at home is probably of a high standard in that it prepared them well for those courses. Hope this helps. Good luck to all applying to UCs!
  17. We homeschooled via the PSA the whole way through. College applications/transcripts were as a homeschool.
  18. I'm not sure about WTMA, but I know Terry Kanner (from PAH) is teaching biology at AIM Academy - Debra Bell. If you are looking for a non-live class, this may be a good option for you.
  19. We found Meredith through Tom Richey - he recommended her for AP Euro tutoring. (Really like Tom Richey.) Dd was taking AP Euro through PAH, but we stopped the second semester due to the reasons described in this thread: Dd got a 5 on the AP Exam. And, yes, we were one of the UC-success stories - accepted at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. Taking AP Euro in 11th grade would be great. Dd took AP Euro in 11th, then APUSH in 12th, and that order worked well for her.
  20. In another thread, several people expressed interest in an AP Euro course through the tutor we used, Meredith Noah. She now has a website, and is ready to go for this 2017-2018 school year. Her website is: I can highly recommend Meredith! Also, another AP teacher has joined her at NoahNation and will be offering AP World. She is offering an early bird special, so her pricing for the AP class is quite good!
  21. DD signed up on the test day form to have the score sent directly to the university. Accepted UCD in March.
  22. Not sure what CK12 is, but Terri Kanner, who teaches AP Biology at PA Homeschoolers, is teaching a pre-AP biology class at AIM Academy. New class this year!
  23. DD found out by looking at the UC Davis website. She went to the website for another reason - but UCD had updated her account with the score (APUSH 5 :thumbup:) since they had already received. Maybe other UC's do the same thing.
  24. Agree with Katilac. I didn't give any credit for piano lessons, choir, orchestra, etc, except for AP Music Theory. We listed them as extracurriculars. Those extracurriculars are important; don't underestimate them!
  25. It is not required for UC's, but because we live in CA, where there is a PE requirement, we included it on the transcript as P for pass. Therefore, it was not included in the GPA.
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