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Do colleges look favorably at a score of 4 on AP exams?

Heyo! I've been stressing about scoring perfectly on my AP exams, but is it really necessary to get a 5? Do you guys know if colleges consider a score of 4 on AP exams to be acceptable? Would love to hear your thoughts or experiences with this.

8 months ago

Hello there! It's totally understandable to aim for perfection, but breathe easy knowing a 4 on an AP exam is definitely considered a strong score by most colleges. It demonstrates a good grasp of the material and can help strengthen your application. While a 5 can sometimes earn you more credit or place you out of more advanced classes depending on the university’s policies, a 4 is still typically enough to receive college credit, and thus is viewed positively.

Even highly selective institutions know that AP courses are challenging, so a 4 still shows that you're engaging with difficult material and succeeding. For instance, at some elite schools, both 4s and 5s can qualify you for the same amount of credit or placement. Keep focusing on doing your personal best, and good luck with your exams!

8 months ago

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