Are there disadvantages to taking an AP class?

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  • Coursework is time-consuming and may impact time dedicated to non-AP courses and other non-curricular activities. 
  • There is a cost to take the exam at the end of the year. ($97 in 2023.) Additional fees apply when signing up late, dropping a test after the ordering deadline, or rescheduling exams, in certain circumstances. 
  • If an AP class is a dual credit class (meaning a student simultaneously earns DMACC credit as well as VHS credit), a college transcript is started for a student. This college transcript must be submitted when applying to any future college or university. Poor performance in the class must then be reported on a college transcript.
  • No two colleges award credit for AP classes/exams the same way, which means some will not award credit.