Let’s Talk about AP Scores!

July 5, 2019 • by AdmissionsMom

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.

Posted on July 5, 2019 in College Admissions,College Applications,Standardized Testing

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