Curiosity, creativity and commitment are key ingredients for success in AP courses. These may be qualities you recognize in yourself when you’re working at your best, on the things you love best — like teaching yourself about what interests you, finding new ways to solve the problems in your world or proving what you can accomplish with enough practice. Not only will these qualities help you succeed in AP, AP can help you discover and build what you’re capable of by challenging you to do more.
You don’t need to be top of your class to be an AP student, but you’ll want to be prepared for the AP course you choose. Some AP classes have recommended courses you should take first, and all AP courses ask that you come willing to do your best work. To choose an AP course that’s right for you, talk to a counselor or teacher about the subjects that interest you and ask about your options for learning the skills to help you succeed.