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A Levels vs AP exams for US college admissions, any thoughts?

Currently pondering whether to take A Levels or AP exams since my school offers both. What do you guys think U.S. colleges would prefer? Is one better perceived than the other, or does it not make much of a difference when applying to colleges in the States? Would love to hear some experiences or insights on this!

8 months ago

Hello there! Generally speaking, both A Levels and AP exams are well respected. It might hinge on what subjects you're planning to study. For instance, if you're looking to pursue something very aligned with the A Levels subjects you're considering, that could be beneficial. On the other hand, APs offer a broad range of subjects that are well recognized in the States.

Students often find APs to be quite flexible, allowing them to showcase strengths in a variety of subjects. That said, if you can excel in A Levels, they're known for their rigor and depth, which can certainly impress admissions officers too.

Ultimately, it's about performing well in whichever you choose. Colleges like to see that you've challenged yourself and succeeded, especially in areas related to your intended major or interests. Best of luck with your decision!

8 months ago

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