I am an international senior in an Egyptian American high school, and I'm aiming for studying at a prestigious college at the US. My school does not offer AP or Honor classes, nor does it have an IB program. I am, however, planning on registering for AP exams (maybe four?) this year which I'll self study for. I've come to learn that many colleges consider my coursework rigor, and was wondering if not being enrolled in such classes would affect my chances of admission. Thanks!
No, your chances of admission will not be affected.
Your academics (including coursework as well as standardized test scores) and extracurriculars are evaluated within the context of the opportunities available to you. You're not expected to show AP/IB classes on your transcript if you don't have access to them. Most "prestigious" colleges have admissions counselors that have knowledge about curriculums from various parts around the world, so they would know about your situation.
Hope this helps!
If your school doesn't offer the extracurriculars and course work, you shouldn't worry about it.
While coursework does factor into college decisions, access to that coursework matters equally. The fact that you're going to be self-studying 4(!!!) AP exams definitely boosts your chances.
Colleges definitely look at the school you're coming from. So if your school doesn't offer any AP/IB courses, I'm sure it won't affect your app! If you self-study exams, it shows discipline and colleges like to see students taking charge of their education. Good luck!
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