2 years ago
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Submitting Major-related AP Scores for T20 Schools?

Hi friends!

I hope I didn't post this in the wrong place (haha..). Anyway, I'm applying to a few top schools like Cornell and Vandy, and I was wondering if having a 4 instead of a 5 for AP Bio/Env. Sci. would look bad to Adcoms (and I should omit it from CommonApp), since I'm applying as an Ecological Biology major.


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2 years ago[edited]

The best option would be to go to each school's website and find out what AP test scores they accept. For state schools like ASU, they will usually take any score that is a 3 or higher. I know that most Top 20 schools will only take 5's and sometimes 4 depending on the subject. Look up what Vany accepts for Bio/Env. Sci. If they accept a 4 for your test, definitely submit it.

If you are unable to find a list of scores they accept for credit, or Bio/Env. Sci. isn't listed, I would submit the 4. A 4 is a very good grade and shouldn't harm your overall application (a 3 or 2 would be a different story). I personally submitted my 4 on APUSH and I am also applying to Top 20 schools (including Vandy).

P.S.- AP scores don't really affect your application too much. Rather, they show that you were confident enough to take a rigorous class and pass the test.

Best of luck!

2 years ago

Hi @aldmie! A 4 on AP exam is good because it demonstrates that you have a strong understanding of the material. Like @jack_cristofano said, I recommend looking into what scores are required for credit and then deciding whether or not to submit them. If you cannot find info on what scores will give you credit, then go ahead and submit any 4s or 5s you have. I wouldn't recommend submitting any 3s because they could count against you in the admissions process since they aren't very impressive and just show that you have a baseline understanding of the material.

Here's a helpful article from our blog on how important AP scores are for college admissions: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-important-are-ap-scores-for-college-admissions/

Hope that helps!

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