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How much do Ivy Leagues care about AP scores?

Hi everyone, I've taken several AP classes but didn't do as well as I hoped on some of the exams. I'm wondering how important these scores are for schools like Columbia and Yale. Will a lower AP score significantly hurt my chances of admission? Thanks in advance for any info!

9 months ago

Hi there! I can understand why you might be worried about your AP scores, but keep in mind that while they do play a role in college admissions, they aren't the sole determining factor. Admissions officers at top schools like Columbia and Yale consider various aspects of your application, including GPA, course rigor, essays, recommendation letters, and extracurricular activities.

Let's be candid, a lower AP score isn't ideal, but it doesn't necessarily mean rejection. For example, my child didn't score perfectly on all their AP exams but was still accepted into an Ivy League school. They made sure to focus on writing exceptional essays and showcasing their strengths in other areas.

If you haven't submitted your application yet, I'd suggest highlighting your other achievements and experiences that make you a well-rounded candidate. Also, emphasize your desire to learn and grow from any setbacks you've experienced. As long as you can showcase your potential to excel in a competitive academic environment, your chances at these top schools won't be significantly hurt by lower AP scores.

Best of luck!

9 months ago

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