11 months ago
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Chancing Engine - Change in its evaluation of strength of courework?

Has anyone else noticed that the chancing engine recently seems to have been tweaked to have a much higher expectation for the number of AP and Honors classes required? I recently created a new profile for my sophomore daughter, and based on what courses she's registered to take her junior year (and estimating what she'll likely take her senior year), entered in 10 AP classes and nine honors classes. For all but one school on her list, the chancing engine says that there is "Room for Improvement" in her coursework. In my view, that's a LOT of AP and honors classes. Plus my older son used College Vine, and had many of the same schools on his list, had one less AP class, and the chancing engine results always rated his coursework as being "strong." What's changed? Is this a glitch, or is there some new expectation by schools for the number of APs and Honors classes that a high performing student will be able to complete?

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11 months ago

One possible reason for this is that you didn't input the number of AP/Honors classes that the school offers. When I first put in my IB classes, it didn't show much difference than without them, but once I added the number that my school offers, it shot up.

It might not fix the problem entirely, but especially if your son's profile had that statistic on it, it might help.

Good luck!

11 months ago[edited]

I don't know the exact answer, but there could be some different possibilities besides colleges expecting more. The expected rigorous coursework could vary by schools, so your son's colleges could expect less a less rigorous course load, while your daughter's colleges may expect more.

It could also be a glitch, that I can't confirm nor deny though. Either way, I've found that not reaching the "strong" course load only harmed my chances by around 2%, mind you I'm only about 1-2 AP classes short.

Lastly, double check if you put the same amount of AP classes offered from your school for both your daughter and son! Perhaps you accidentally put it higher than what you put for your son on accident.


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