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Submitting AP Scores: Is It Necessary?

Hi all! I've been enrolled in some AP classes in high school and was wondering if I have to submit my AP scores when applying for college? Is it a must or an optional thing?

6 months ago

Hello! When it comes to submitting AP scores in your college applications, it's not a requirement for the admissions process. However, it can help showcase your academic performance and provide additional context for your course rigor, especially if you performed well on the exams. That being said, colleges prioritize your AP coursework and the grades you earn in those classes over your actual AP exam scores.

When submitting your application, it's helpful to report 4s and 5s if you have them, as they can potentially earn you college credit or advanced standing at some institutions. However, submitting lower scores (such as 1s or 2s) isn't necessary, and it's advised to leave them out. In any case, AP scores are definitely not a make-or-break aspect of your application. Your transcript, GPA, extracurricular activities, essays, and other factors carry more weight in the admissions process.

If you're still unsure about which scores to send or whether to send them at all, it's generally a good idea to review the specific AP policies at the colleges you're applying to. Many colleges provide details on their website regarding how AP scores are considered during admissions or how they translate to college credit.

Keep in mind that, if you do choose to report any of your AP scores on the Common Application (or a similar application platform), you're self-reporting the information, and it's optional. If you're accepted to a college and decide to enroll, you may need to submit official AP score reports to take advantage of any earned college credit or advanced standing. Ultimately, the choice is yours when it comes to including your AP scores on your applications. Good luck!

6 months ago

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