Show Me the Money: AP Macroeconomics
Course Selection for the 2022-2023 school year is fast approaching, and for upcoming seniors, the choice between AP Macroeconomics and Honors Economics may be causing some macro-problems.
CHS students are required to take an Economics course their senior year, and AP Macroeconomics can be a good fit for most seniors.
According to the College Board website, AP Macroeconomics will, “explore the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole.”
The course is divided into 6 units, and counts as a “one-semester, introductory college course in macroeconomics.”
The course is taught by Mr. Broda and Ms. Donovan and is available to only CHS seniors.
"The class starts by covering general topics," says Mr. Broda, "We then move to more specific Macro concepts that concern an entire economy."
Inflation, unemployment, and international trade and finance are major topics discussed in the course.
"The material is largely based on logic," says CHS Senior Emma Hardin.
Hardin is currently in AP Macroeconomics with Mr. Broda, and while she says she doesn't have much of an interest in business or economics, she would recommend it for upcoming seniors.
Though the class has some written assignments and homework weekly, says Broda, students should be prepared to study the content covered in class to gain a better understanding of the material.
“It honestly is a pretty hard class,” says current AP Macroeconomics student, Carly Smith, "but the teachers really prepare you to pass the exam with a more lecture-based approach."
Mr. Broda recommends that “any senior who is willing to put forth the effort necessary…should take the class.”
The exam for AP Macroeconomics is 2 hours and 10 minutes long with 2 sections. 66% of the exam is the multiple-choice portion, and the remaining 33% is the free-response section.
"It really is not a terribly difficult test," says Broda," as long as the student has worked hard enough to learn the material over the course of the year."
Many colleges and universities, such as Columbus State University, the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Duke University, and Vanderbilt, accept the course as credit if you make a 3 or higher on the exam.