When applying for a professional school, it is best to complete the required courses at a post secondary institution rather than receive CLEP/AP credit. Most professional schools evaluate a candidate’s ability to handle significant course loads while simultaneously pursuing remaining requirements in a pre-professional program of study (e.g., extracurricular activities, practical/shadowing experience) and degree requirements.
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
Many high schools offer options for Advanced Placement (AP) classes in various subjects with the incentive to test for college credit. In general, we at the Office of MPA recommend that students take all advanced courses in math and science that are available while in high school. However, students should avoid taking the AP test option for credit in math and science courses, as credit without college course experience will not be viewed positively by some professional schools nor will students be adequately prepared for respective entrance exams to those schools.
NOTE: when you choose to test for AP college credit, you may find the AP test option is viewed as favorable from the high school and undergraduate institution point of view.
For those students who have received test credit for math and/or science courses related to their professional school requirements, we may recommend retaking the course to receive post secondary knowledge base and boost your candidacy transcript when applying to a professional school. NOTE: Some professional schools will accept AP credit on transcripts and it is up to the student to research their schools of choice to determine acceptance of AP credit. It is important to remember that professional school entrance exams are developed to demonstrate thorough knowledge and competence of course material required for success at the professional school level.