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07/15/2020 at 06:05PM[edited]

Should I report my AP Lang Score of 3 for top tier colleges?
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I am applying to some very top tier colleges, but I got a 3 on the AP Lang exam. I took the class too, and I am wondering whether reporting my score would have any negative effect. I also self studied two APs (Physics 1 and Environmental Science) and got 4s.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@adri07/15/2020 at 07:09PM

Does it matter? I am going for applied physics and proved I'm pretty comfortable with interdisciplinary subjects like human geo and apes and very good at hard science. I don't see why a 3 would hurt...

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11/05/2020 at 04:47PM

As I've mentioned in a few of my previous answers I've been going through old questions and providing answers when they seem pertinent. While you got answers here, and they're good ones, I still wanted to chime in. If I was in your position I most likely would not submit the 3. However, having said that, if you do decide to submit the 3 (or if you already did) there will likely be minimal impact on your chances and I'm skeptical if it would have any impact at all.

AP scores are great for deciding between two or more nearly identical students and for determining if you can get a few extra credits when you enroll in a school but that's really it. If an admissions officer was looking at a group of students who they considered equal with all things considered (I'm talking ECs, grades, class rigor, essays, etc.) then the scores you get on an AP test might come into play. And in your case of applying to top tier colleges they might come into play a bit earlier but the actual weight an AP score has on your admissions chances is essentially negligible in my opinion. There are just too many factors in an application that can be used to evaluate and separate students that AP scores just don't come into play often. Chances are high that there is going to be some aspect of your application, or the students you're competing against, that will put you ahead/behind long before the need to consider AP scores arises. People tend to put more weight and importance on AP scores than is necessary. It's definitely smart to still check if it makes sense to submit certain scores and is 100% the right thing to do in most cases but your actual AP scores are just less important than most people seem to think. Rather, it's going to be the academic rigor and grades that you received in those AP classes that actually matter (along with other factors of course).

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07/15/2020 at 06:10PM[edited]

You can choose not to report specific AP scores thru Common APP or pay college board $10 to hide certain scores. It’s up to you but no I wouldn’t send it unless you’re not applying to competitive colleges. I assume you are, though, and a 3 won’t look very good if you choose to submit it. I wouldn’t.

edit just saw you wrote top tier in the question whoops

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@adri07/15/2020 at 06:19PM

Wouldn't it look weird for me not to report an AP exam with a corresponding course but to report two self-study scores?

[🎤 AUTHOR]@adri07/15/2020 at 06:53PM

I don't think I'd get rejected because of a singular 3... my other AP Scores are 5 (Calc AB, Human Geo, Calc BC) and 4 (Physics 1 and APES)... so this is more of an exception. And I still passed.

@crsgo042207/15/2020 at 07:44PM

it’s not a bad grade at all! your choice.. i agree it might raise some suspicious tho worst cause you can say your school made it optional and you didn’t want to take the ap i

mean idk

@cp83907/15/2020 at 07:57PM

Colleges can only judge you off of what you send in, and AP scores are the lowest priority in terms of tests for offices so don't worry.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@adri07/15/2020 at 08:52PM

my school made ap exams mandatory...

@crsgo042207/15/2020 at 08:57PM

ooh sorry to hear that... honestly just don’t report it is all i can say. otherwise you can report it and deal with the consequences, but colleges don’t really care about the scores anymore. they care more about the grade you got in that cladd

[🎤 AUTHOR]@adri07/15/2020 at 09:42PM

I'm probably not going to submit it (except to Cal State and Colorado State campuses)... Thank you for your help!

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07/16/2020 at 12:24PM

I would take the decision based on which major you are applying in that top tier college. If it is mainly humanities, AP Lang would be an important part, maybe don't report it. If you are mainly intrested in STEM, your 3 would simply demonstrate a well-rounded student. It really depends.

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07/15/2020 at 07:45PM[edited]

Since AP Lang is on your transcript already shows you attempted to take the most rigorous class offered in English I think that is good enough. BTW, I'm assuming you got a decent grade in AP Lang like a B or A. Getting a 3 and reporting it doesn't help your narrative at a top tier school. Showing a 4 or 5 supports that. I would just report the 2-4s you received already. Do top tier colleges even give out college credit for a 3? I wasn't aware of that. I thought most Ivys expect a 5 and near Ivys like a 4 or 5. Good Luck.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@adri07/15/2020 at 08:45PM

UC Berkeley and UCLA do...

[🎤 AUTHOR]@adri07/15/2020 at 08:47PM [edited]

Wouldn't they think that I was hiding a 1 or a 2? My school has a Mandatory AP Exam policy...

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07/15/2020 at 06:46PM

Do the schools give any awards such as credit or placement for 3s. If so report it as it can shave 3 hours off tuition.

Take a look at this

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EIo-wi39shQ

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@adri07/15/2020 at 06:52PM

University of California system does (and I'm likely going there)... ivies and USC don't... so should I just put it on my UC app and not on the common app?

Does it even really matter?

@DebaterMAX07/15/2020 at 06:54PM

I’d watch the video as it comes down to situation and preference. But good luck