Here’s what I’ve learned over the years about AP scores:

  • First of all, congrats on any 4s and 5s! Those are excellent scores.

  • If you can afford it, I think you should send your high AP scores when applying if it’s not a financial burden. Otherwise, you can — and I think you should — self-report them and submit them after acceptance.

  • You don’t need to send or self-report anything lower than a 3.

  • Those 3s probably won’t hurt you, and your 4s and 5s could help you because some schools do use AP scores to help as they evaluate your application.

  • AP scores can supplement and boost grades and your other test scores that might not be as strong.

  • I’ve heard Admissions Officers say they are looking for the test scores (AP, SAT, SAT subject, ACT) that show you in the best light, so send those strong scores.

  • If your scores are lower than 3s, no need to report unless they are required or recommended.

  • Most colleges do not require them. A very few are beginning to recommend them instead of or as a replacement for Subject Tests).

  • Colleges more than likely won’t be looking for missing scores and wondering why you don’t have them. Lots of kids don’t take AP tests even if they’ve taken the class.