i'm a junior in hs. since the sat subject tests are not available this year i heard that colleges love ap exams more than they did before. my school doesn't offer any ap courses / exams so i contacted a few close ones and they all said that they were only accepting their students to ap exams this year. i wanted to enter an ap exam this year as this was my last opportunity before applying but now i can't and don't know what to do. should i contact more schools? should i just accept that i can't enter ap exams this year, hope that this won't affect my chances and move on?
So AP tests have near 0 impact in admissions but they serve to reinforce your strength in an academic area ie Biology test as a Biomed engineer or if you had not so great grades in let's say AP US history if you have a stellar score in the test it helps make up for it.
Also Im not sure but I believe you MAY need to send them to get college credit.
With that said there's no inherent negative if you are already a strong applicant to semi-selective school (about 50% admit rate) then there's no need but if you want to go to HYPSM then having stellar scores all 4 and 5s with mostly 5s then it will be a benefit as APs are college curriculum showing you can deal with the rigor which is a key component at HYPSM caliber schools.
Hello, I'm also a junior. I am in three AP classes but have only signed up for 1 exam. These tests are very hard and are more times than not, very difficult for students who actually take an AP course before the exam (hence why I only chose 1 to take). Many times, unless you get a perfect or close to perfect score, it's not even worthy of being sent to colleges. Also, I believe most registration deadlines have passed, at least in my area. To me, these exams are just too expensive for a high chance of not even being a good enough grade to send to schools. Good luck with everything! :)
Edit: Again, I wish you luck with everything, but I don't think these tests affect your chances.
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