# Ranking the 11 APs of my high school career [#49]

Based on course difficulty, my enjoyment, and a good portion of vibes.

Yes, I know this article is just a glorified listicle. But I had a *really *busy week at school today, and I needed to write something that didn't take much brainpower (but should still be pretty entertaining). So you get to watch as I rank the 11 APs I've taken (or will take) into a tier list with some commentary.

## Tier List

## S-Tier

### AP Statistics

Such an easy AP — and is surprisingly applicable to the real world. It's really valuable to have a solid foundation for statistics, even if you end up in a completely different career position. Plus, you get 2.25 minutes per MCQ, which makes the exam super easy.

### AP Calculus BC

Universities love to see a student take AP Calculus. And besides, it's one of the coolest-sounding APs ever. Calculus is not incredibly difficult — as long as you have a solid foundation in high school math, calculus is actually reasonable in terms of conceptual content and overall difficulty.

### AP Computer Science A

The course is *super *easy if you've done any sort of coding. Java is an easy-to-learn language, and there's isn't much memorization required. The key to this course is to *code as much possible* because it's the best way to internalize the course content.

## A-Tier

### AP Calculus AB

Just as cool as AP Calculus BC. *Except *for the fact that BC only has 2 extra units, *and *even if you don't know those 2 units, you get an AB subscore if you take the BC test. So that knocks Calc AB down to A-Tier.

### AP Physics 1

The concepts in AP Physics 1 are *so incredibly cool *and easily applied to real life. There is practically no memorization: just do enough problems and you're good to go. But the FRQs are pain, so A-Tier.

### AP Microeconomics

One of the most interesting AP classes I've ever taken. It's heavily math-based and the FRQs are easy. Unfortunately, I don't think it ranks highly on course rigor (ie. universities won't find it impressive).

## B-Tier

### AP Psychology

Somewhat interesting & applicable to real life, but tons of memorization. I think the exam is really easy though. But again, this is a very easy class, so universities don't find it very impressive.

### AP Physics 2

Not many colleges offer credit for it. Plus, its units are more disconnected & less conceptually cool than AP Physics 1. And it's really hard to find good resources, as less than 20k students take the AP Physics 2 exam per year (as opposed to ~400k/year for more popular exams like AP Stats and AP World History).

## D-Tier

### AP Biology

I haven't taken the exam for AP Bio, but I've heard it's quite difficult — and as a math guy, I typically find the sciences to be harder than math. There are so many biological processes and facts I have to learn and remember. But I will grant that it's very cool to understand how biology works because it's so applicable to real life.

### AP Language & Composition

The MCQ (multiple-choice section) is just like the SAT reading passages, which is *great *because if you've taken the SAT, you barely have to do any prep. But the FRQs are *three *essays that you have to write in 2 hours. The hand cramps and writing fatigue is *so real* and I did *not *like this exam.

## F-Tier

### AP Chemistry

This exam was pure cancer for me, and it appears to be pure cancer for everyone else too. There are *seven *FRQs, and the MCQs are so hard, and everything about the exam (even though I took it online) was terrible. I do not recommend AP Chem, even though the course was fine-ish.