How will college consider my application without APs.Answered
My school does not offer any AP, IB or Honors courses. Nor do colleges in my locality allow high school students to take their classes. How will this affect my application? Will it harm my chances in any way? Plus, the Collegevine's chancing does not have an option for cases like mine, so I'm confused.
Earn karma by helping others:
My high school also had the same situation. There were no APs or Honors classes, and we weren't an IB school. It is true that taking many AP, IB, and/or honors classes is great for your college applications, however, I don't think people understand why. Colleges, especially prestigious ones, want you to take these classes so that you exemplify the ability to take on a rigorous selection of classes like you would in a college setting. So if someone were to take very difficult courses that weren't IB, AP, or honors, then the same effect would still apply. I've found that the best way to use college calculator websites like Collegevine in our situation is to "translate" our transcripts. Here's what I mean by that:
In my Junior year, I took the equivalent of two semesters of college calculus. In college vine, I'd consider that an AP Calculus BC course and input it as such. The curriculum and content of my course and the AP version are the same. I learned everything from limits and derivatives to sequences and series, and the colleges I apply to will know that.
So essentially what you're doing is trying to find AP/IB classes that best describe the same classes you took. If your US History class was AP level, mark it as such. If you need help understanding how difficult your courseload was, try and ask your school's college advisor. They're likely to give valuable explanations of your transcript. Hope this helps!
It is fine if you cannot take up AP, IB or Honors courses. You can still learn online and from offline course materials too for your AP Exams. Not everyone has access to those kind of materials so make sure you make the best out of it and prepare for your AP Exams. One of the best online coaching for AP Exams is TutelaPrep. If you want, you can also do some online courses in the specific subject that you want to pursue in the future as your undergrad. This will make your application more themed towards a certain aspect. I hope this answer helps you.
My school also does not offer any AP, IB, honors courses. It will not affect your application in any way. I tried to register for the APs in my country, but it became too confusing and I dropped the idea. The truth is, it does not matter at all. Colleges look at your overall personality and profile and do not depend on APs or Honors at all. So sit back and relax and complete your profile or application the way you have decided.
My school also does not offer any AP, IB, honours courses. It will not affect your application in any way. Schools will review your application based on what was available to you in school, so if these weren't offered to you, there's no need to worry about it.
Hope this helps!
To keep this community safe and supportive:
- Be kind and respectful!
- Keep posts relevant to college admissions and high school.
- Don’t ask “chance-me” questions. Use CollegeVine’s chancing instead!