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β€’ 09/22/2020 at 09:54AM[edited]

AP/IB/Honor programs on CollegeVine for Intl. students?


I'm a student from India who's using CollegeVine to look at my admission chances for various colleges, and one thing that keeps pulling down my chances are AP/IB/Honor programs.

There are no AP/IB/Honor programs offered where I live, so I haven't taken any. I understand that colleges will look at what you have access to, and this may not really affect my chances in real life. However, how do I change those settings in CollegeVine? Since I have 0 AP/IB programs, many colleges appear to be long reach.

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4 answers

β€’ 09/23/2020 at 12:12AM

In the new version of the chancing engine you should be able to indicate the amount of AP classes your school offers in your chancing profile. Set it to zero and see what happens. (But I do agree with @Cross 's assessment that these chances should be taken with a grain of salt, even for students in the United States. They give you a general sense of selectivity, but aren't anywhere near definitive. No chancing engine is.)

@DebaterMAX09/23/2020 at 01:33AM

Agree on both counts.

β€’ 09/22/2020 at 06:59PM

I'm also an international student. I take CollegeVine's chancing with a pinch of salt because I know that it is doubly difficult for international students to get admitted to many U. S colleges.

My school also does not offer any IB/AP classes. In real life, I suspect admissions officers will look at the strength of your course load, so I don't think you should care too much about what the chancing engine says, so long as you are taking a rigorous course load.

β€’ 09/23/2020 at 01:08PM

Hey! I too am applying to colleges in the US from India. If AP/IB classes are not offered in your school, AO's are not going to hold it against you. And if you really want chancing, you can check out the chance me subreddit. Maybe one of the AO's on the subreddit replies on your post.

β€’ 09/23/2020 at 06:12AM

Many colleges in the United States do holistic admissions. This is where your situation is taken into consideration so not following an AP/ IB course load won't impact you. But, it would be helpful to still use your environment in a positive way. Going to a local college (many will permit this but you will likely need a parent's and your school's permission) or using the AP course ledger to find out if school's in your area offer AP tests you wish to take.