Are 3 AP's enough?
My school offers no AP's, also I am a freshman. Are 3 total AP's self studied enough for top schools? I am taking a full IB schedule in junior and senior years though.
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I believe IB supplants APs as they are functionally equal in AOs eyes. If you are on the MSP path don't worry your rigor will be enough for HYPSM schools. Additionally self-studying is a feather in the cap as in not needed. 0/0 APs nullifies the need for APs as you should take as many APs as is feasible at school. If you cant take any due to not being offered that's not feasible. Ergo no need.
Admissions officers are looking to see how rigorous of a course load you took, in comparison to what was available to you. Generally speaking, self studies AP classes do not show up on the HS transcript, but IB classes do. IB SL classes tend to be similar in rigor to honors level classes, while IB HL classes tend to be similar in rigor to AP level classes. Taking a rigorous course load of IB classes both junior and senior year will be seen well by college admissions officers and the lack of AP classes will not hurt your application. As long as you have demonstrated that you are capable of completing rigorous coursework while earning strong grades, that will show on your college application.
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