10 months ago
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How heavily do colleges consider IB/AP level classes in regards to admissions?

My SAT & ACT score isn't the highest, and my GPA isn't that high either. My SAT & ACT scores, as well as GPA is very mediocre, as a matter of fact, it's slightly above average. But I take IB level courses, and my grades are decent. But according to collegevine, all the schools I plan on applying to, it's regarded as a safety school and my chances are so high. I find that suspicious, and I'm asking for clarification. The schools I am looking at are, Florida State University (FSU), University of Central Florida (UCF), Florida Agricultural & Mechanics University (FAMU).

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10 months ago

Each college considers APs/IBs differently there is no rule of thumb answer. If you want to understand exactly how much they count at the schools you are applying to go the Common Data Set for each college and look at the Criteria Matrix on schedule C. Admissions data. There you will find a matrix for that school that puts an individual weight on each of criteria like GPA, Rank, Rigor, ECs, etc. I forget the categories of weight but they are like Most Important, Important, Consider, Not Considered. How you use the data is up to you. Some people put their own weights like 3x, 2x, 1 x, and Zero and figure out in a spreadsheet where they stand for that school. That would be the most accurate and analytical way to see how your credentials match up to a school. Good Luck.

10 months ago

So the test scores themselves the answer is not very to not at all but the classes themselves this are typically evaluated highly at all holistic schools. The AP IB exam is to show college understanding for college credit not admissions. If you have the exact same profile as Student X but you got a 5 on AP exam and X got a 3 you’d get in that’s it. But rigor (how heavy your courseload is is very highly evaluated).

The AP IB exams you can fail and if you don’t submit them nothing would happen but the IB course would show you can deal with a rigorous course and if you get a A that’s more impactful than a AP exam 5


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