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How do colleges decide on a 'passing' AP exam score?

Hello, AP season is right around the corner, and I’m trying to set some goals. What score do colleges usually consider 'passing' for AP exams? Is a 3 good enough, or should I aim for higher? Also, does a passing score mean it will definitely count for college credit?

8 months ago

Hi there! Glad to hear you're setting goals for your AP exams! Generally speaking, colleges tend to consider a score of 3 or above as 'passing' for AP exams. However, aiming for a 4 or 5 can often have additional benefits as some schools may grant more credits or allow you to skip introductory courses with these scores.

It's also important to understand that whether an AP score counts for college credit doesn’t just depend on the score itself but also on the policies of the college you attend. Each college has its own criteria for awarding credit or placement. For example, some schools might give credit for a 3, while others might require a 4 or 5. Be sure to research the policies of the specific institutions you're interested in. Good luck with your studies, and try not to stress too much – your hard work will pay off!

8 months ago

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