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> If a kid gets a 5 in AP comp-sci, the college will still make him take the intro base CS courses.

That's not true (at my university, anyway). You can skip the first two semesters of the CS curriculum with a 5 on the AP CS AB exam.

I personally chose not to use most of my AP credit to give myself a relatively easy first year during which I instead developed lifestyle/social skills. One of the best decisions I ever made.

I believe the AP Computer Science AB exam was discontinued after 2009.

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