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SAT II vs AP
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I am interested in Majoring in Statistics with a Minor or Double-Major in Political Science or Sociology. I earned a 5 on AP US Government and will receive AP Statistics and Computer Science Principles scores in July. Assuming I perform well on those two, should I take SAT subject tests (if it is not canceled)? I am applying to numerous T20s and plan to take Math 2, US History, and (BiologyE or Chemistry) in August. In September, I plan to try to improve my 1470 (720 RW, 750 Math) SAT score.

TLDR: If AP scores are good, do I need Subject tests?

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AP scores are not an adequate substitute for Subject Tests at T20 schools, where most of the applicants you'll be competing against will have taken SAT IIs. In general, AP scores do not matter much, if at all, to admissions offices at those schools in any case — so yes, you do still more or less need Subject Tests if you plan to apply to ultra-selective schools.

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