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How Bad is Getting a 2 on an AP Exam?

So I got a 2 on one of my AP exams, and I'm kinda freaking out. How negatively will this impact my chances at top colleges? Is there anything I can do to make up for it in my college applications?

6 months ago

First, take a deep breath! While a 2 on an AP exam isn't ideal, it's important to remember that AP scores don't hold as much weight in the college admissions process as the actual AP courses and grades you receive in those courses. Colleges are more interested in the rigor and success of your overall coursework. That being said, it's understandable that you're concerned.

The good news is that you don't need to report all of your AP scores when applying to colleges. Many colleges allow you to self-report your scores on your applications, so you can simply choose not to include the 2 unless a specific college requires you to submit all AP scores.

Aside from that, it's essential to focus on the other aspects of your application – GPA, test scores (if applicable), extracurricular involvement, and essays – to demonstrate your strengths as a candidate. Showcase your talents, interests, and commitment to academic and personal growth through your extracurricular activities and essays. If relevant, you may even subtly address the lower AP score within the context of personal growth and learning from challenges in your essay, if it fits your narrative.

Remember, college admissions officers evaluate applicants holistically, taking into consideration many factors beyond standardized test scores. So, while a 2 on an AP exam isn't ideal, it doesn't have to be a deal-breaker. Focus on doing well in your AP courses, engaging in high-quality extracurricular activities, and crafting strong essays to make up for the lower score. Good luck!

6 months ago

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