Dartmouth will no longer allow students to use Advanced Placement exams for college credit

  • Article by: HOLLY RAMER , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 17, 2013 - 1:24 PM

CONCORD, N.H. - High school students hoping to earn college credits through Advanced Placement exams soon will be out of luck at Dartmouth College, which has concluded the tests aren't as rigorous as its own classes.

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michaelpatrickJan. 17, 1311:27 AM

When I was a PhD student and TA at a different Ivy League school, our school didn't accept the AP test result in my field as a substitute for the relevant course. My students who had gotten good scores on it--to use at other schools they applied to--did not do better in the class at all. The AP multiple choice test was very unlike the tests students got in our class, which were not multiple choice. I think the use of the AP courses and tests expanded far, far beyond their limited value in serving as being "equivalent" to the relevant college courses. I think the AP program has disserved many students by way of them not getting the better, more advanced education experience they would receive by taking the actual college courses. But AP has been a way to reduce costs for students, their families, and colleges, too. I think students need a better education than they typically get in primary and secondary schools, but that is a very complicated issue to address in practical terms.

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dlzabzJan. 17, 13 1:12 PM

I took IB english and chemistry in HS. I don't think I tested out of chem (took the lower level test) but I did English for college. My HS IB classes were as hard if not harder for both english and chem in college. But, I was neither a chem or english major so I did take lower level college courses.

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jjsbrwJan. 17, 13 6:36 PM

Colleges are seeing a loss of revenue because of AP credit equivalent. Just like any business, they will do what they think is necessary to stem the flow.

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dahutysJan. 17, 13 7:47 PM

The most important info in the article is the statement that 90% of the kids who had taken an AP class that was allegedly equivalent to a Dartmouth psychology course, failed the psychology final exam. If you didn't learn enough from your AP class to successfully pass the college course exam, then how can you believe that the AP class was equivalent to the college course? And how do you expect to pass the next tier of courses, if you haven't really learned what is in the first tier? You're not going to save any money if you struggle and your GPA plummets.

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reader2580Jan. 17, 13 9:41 PM

Some of my college classes were self study with the professor available as needed. There was a test for each class and when you passed the test you were done with the class. I took a number of the tests on the first day of class and passed without even opening the text book.

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