How Many Grade 12 Courses Should I Take?

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Q. Do universities care whether you took a spare in grade 12? I'm currently taking 8 courses, but it's just too stressful. I want to drop [a course] which I don't really need for university but then I'm afraid that they will think I'm just lazy, and pick someone who took 8 courses over me. (Posted by: xugengyu )

A. [Universities] don't care about whether you take a spare or not, all they care about is your top 6 U/M marks. (Posted by: Joshki)

Take the spare. Universities do not really care about that. And for you, it will relieve stress, may help with studying and grades, and for me...it gave me time to fill out scholarships and applications.  (Posted by: Emlily)



Q. It's almost midterms and I'm doing really badly in grade 12 physics. Should I drop the course and will it affect my transcript? (Posted by: Chelleee)

I currently have a full 8 course load, with 7 of them being U level courses. My question is, will dropping [a course] look bad on my record? I'd like to drop it because I don't need it for any of the programs I'm interested in, and I feel that if I keep it, my other course grades (which I do need) will suffer. (Posted by: Jagxyz)

A. If you can't keep up with the workload and don't need that course, feel free to drop it. There is no guilt in that, unless you drop it after full disclosure day when your up-to-date mark appears on your transcript. (Posted by: superstar2011)

If you do decide to drop [a course], do it before the OUAC drop date (early-Nov) so it does not show up on your transcript as a dropped course. (Posted by: Meridian)

Take only 3 courses each semester ... you need the extra time to do well in your top 6. I took 3 each semester and it was the smartest thing I have ever done. (Posted by: FutureEng)

I only did 6 grade 12 courses towards my top 6. You may still want to plan for 7 in case you totally burn a subject ... Start with all 4 and you can always drop [one] if you are having trouble. (Posted by: Meridian)

It's a good idea to take at least 7 courses in grade 12 because you should have one back up course in case you end up screwing up a mark in a more challenging course. (Posted by: emcee0)

I agree strongly with this, but you should keep in mind that the 7th course is not going to save you from screwing up in a mandatory course such as English. (Posted by: superstar2011)

It is better to take 6 courses and get relatively high marks than taking 7-8 and getting mediocre marks, unless you really wish to have that safety net. (Posted by: heesoup)

The only disadvantage of taking 6 courses is that all 6 will be used in your admission average calculation, so you have no "back ups" to fall back on if you end up not doing so well in 1+ of the 6 courses you're taking. (Posted by: cyynthiia)

To join the conversation, go to the following threads:

Does it look bad if you only take 6 gr 12 courses?
My Grade 12 Schedule
Taking a spare
Dropping a course (almost midterm) and chances of getting into a university
Dropping a grade 12 course?
Deadline to drop a course

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KennedyD wrote: I am just going into grade 12 now but have already taken 3 grade 12 courses (French, precalc, chemistry) the common advice is to take 6 to do well and be easily accepted into university. my opinion though is if you are not easily stressed and academics come easily take as many as you can, pick ones that are diverse in order to help decide what you want to study in university

Posted by KennedyD on Jul. 19, 2014 at 06:40PM

MRageb10 wrote: Hi.
I will finish my IGCSE examinations in May/June this year and I want to join grade 12 in the US. Do I have to do anything before I do this or what should I do?
And how will I get into college after I complete grade 12? Will they ask for my results in the IGCSE?

Posted by MRageb10 on Mar. 22, 2014 at 04:15PM

Guest wrote: Universities take your top 5 classes plus English. Depending on the program, you may need to include certain courses in those other five classes (ex. engineering needs English, calc, function, chem, physics, plus one other elective)

Posted by Guest on Sep. 19, 2013 at 05:34PM

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Posted by RajnishTandon on May. 14, 2013 at 07:57AM

selena04 wrote: PLEASE SOMEONE ANSWER THIS!
I Dropped a course on time because i was doing very bad in it, but now i see all my grade 11 marks, and just the course codes of my grade 12 courses + the dropped course code as well. what do i do???:(

Posted by selena04 on Dec. 19, 2012 at 10:38PM


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