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Got a 3 on AP Physics 1 - is it considered a good score?

Hey! I just got my AP scores back for this year, and I scored a 3 on AP Physics 1. Is this considered a good score and will it help me with college admissions at all? Kinda stressed about it, so any input would be amazing.

6 months ago

Hey there! A score of 3 on the AP Physics 1 exam is considered "qualified," which means you have demonstrated an understanding of the material and would potentially be able to get college credit at some colleges. While a 3 isn't the highest score (a 5 is considered the best), it's still a solid achievement.

Regarding college admissions, AP scores generally don't have a significant impact on your application unless they're submitted as part of your self-reported scores. What matters more is the fact that you took AP Physics 1, a rigorous course, and the grade you earned within the class. This demonstrates to colleges that you're academically ambitious and willing to challenge yourself.

Of course, every school has different policies so it's a good idea to check with the colleges you're interested in regarding credit for AP scores. Keep in mind that top-tier schools may have higher AP score requirements or may only consider 4s or 5s for credit.

Don't let this stress you out too much, as your overall application – including your grades, extracurricular activities, and essays – will play a much larger role in the admissions process. Focus on continuing to challenge yourself academically and pursuing your passions outside of the classroom. Remember, a single AP score will likely not make or break your application!

6 months ago

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