Should I risk it all to get an A?

Should I risk it all to get an A?

I'm in my first semester of my Junior year of high school, and have As in all my classes with the exception of AP Chem, where I have a B+. Due to an organization error, my teacher decided to make our final optional, so I can either take the final in a few days (over my winter break) to try and get an A-, or just relax and opt not to take it and be satisfied with my B+.

Should I study for it, and try and take it at the risk of possibly getting a slightly lower grade (it counts for 20%)?
The real question is; Will colleges care that I have B+ on my transcript? I don't plan on going into any science or medical field.

I'm also concerned because I haven't gotten a B since 6th grade, and I'm worried that this could suggest some sort of downward trend to admissions officers. Also I'm only taking two other APs this year, so my schedule isn't that rigorous to begin with. I plan on applying to fairly selective schools, so I'm worried this'll hurt my chances.

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Should I risk it all to get an A?
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1 year ago
Imho no need to...better worry about other stuff
1 year ago
Honestly I think you're presuming too much by phrasing your question by "risk it all." You're not risking it all - you're simply weighting cost-benefits of devoting a few more hours of studying at the risk of ending up with a B. The way you phrase your question immediately places a bias on you to not take the exam. So reconsider. Then again, perhaps that is your subconcious stating you don't want to bother with it. Your call.
1 year ago
I see where you're coming from, Jason, and I probably should've specified further-- It would be a "risk", in the sense because there is the possibility that by taking the final and attempting to get an A, I could lower my grade to below a B+. Our mid-term final is essentially a mini-AP exam, last year's average was below 60% (there was a curve in place, but it lowered most students grades considerably from what I hear). For the record, I studied, checked my answers, and then decided not to take the test and be ok with a B+. No one else in the entire school attempted it.