6 months ago
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Does it look bad if you don't take the AP exam or don't send the score?

I'm wondering if I get a bad AP score and I don't send the score, does it affect my admission chances? Are the AP scores more important than the grade you get in the class?


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6 months ago

Since most institutions state that they review applications "holistically," AP scores won't be the "end all be all."

Yes, it's better to just try your best (no, staying up until 2 AM studying the night before the exam is not the most efficient way to study for the AP exams,,, lol) and get a 3+ score. However, if you feel like you're ultimately going to do badly & there's nothing to change it at this point, not sending the AP score won't severely impact your admissions chances.

If you're anxious about bad AP scores & can't necessarily change them, then try to boost other areas of your application to make up for it (GPA, Extracurriculars, etc). When it comes down to college applications, supplemental essays also play a decent role in admissions.

Try your best, but don't kill yourself trying (if this makes sense). At the end of the day, if you do your very best & still receive an unfavorable outcome, at least you won't have any regrets (ie: "I should've done xyz!")

Please let me know if I need to clarify anything, or if you have any further questions!


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