I'm going to be a senior next year, and I can't decide which class to take. I've struggled a bit in my Pre-Calc class this year, so I'm not sure if I can handle AP Calculus. I'm thinking about taking AP Statistics instead since I think I may be a business major in college. The schools I'm considering include NYU, UC Riverside, and Azusa Pacific University. Which class is better to prepare me for college? Which do colleges prefer? When you compare them, which one would you say is harder?
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As a counterargument, I also want to point out that some students find Calculus to be easier than Pre-Calculus. Don't assume that you won't be able to get through it just because you struggled a bit in Pre-Calc. For an interesting comparison between the AP Calculus and AP Statistics tests, here are the passing rates and five rates for each test in 2015:
Passing Rate: 57.1%
Passing Rate: 80%
Passing Rate: 57.3%
Five Rate: 13.2% Notice that AP Statistics has a much lower five rate than either of the AP Calculus tests, and the more advanced Calculus BC test actually has very high passing and five rates. Students who are in the highest level Calculus class tend to be more prepared. Students in AP Statistics, although it's considered an easier class in terms of its content, often underestimate the AP test and end up doing poorly. These are all factors to consider in making your decision.
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