3 years ago
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How do you explain AP Capstone?

I am a senior. I was told that most admissions officers do not know what AP Capstone is. The AP Capstone program requires you to complete AP Research and Seminar and receive a score of 3 or higher in 4 other AP classes. I have received a 3 in Seminar and a 5 in Research and a 4 in Biology and Lang. Right now, I am enrolled in Stat and Lit and will be taking the exam in the spring. How and where do I explain this on my common app if at all? I also wanted to know If I should mention the 5,000-word research paper that earned me a 5 this spring? I completed this through my schools AP Research program and not the traditional independent research done in a college setting. The topic was over Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and I did a Meta-Analysis and interviews over sports protocols and devices and whether or not they are effective. I don't know if I should mention this since I completed it as part of AP Research. Thank you!!

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3 years ago

So this is very 3D I’d expect most admissions officers at selective schools to have a basic understanding of what capstone is and as it is AP capstone then it would further their understanding.

If you feel it’s necessary you can talk about in the additional info section.

Also as AP research seemed to be revolving around medicine and sports medicine in particular if you are intending to major in one of them you should be able to submit the paper as a supplemental material especially if you go into those fields. How to attach it I’m not familiar as I haven’t looked into CommonApp as I’m still a junior but I do know you should be able to do it.

If you can’t attach it for some odd reason mention the topic of the essay in additional info and you should have your AP scores sent and that should communicate what AP capstone is and what your essay/paper is about.

As for mentioning AP Stats and Lit you will be sending a transcript in that will include your current classes.

Really Hope this helps and feel free to comment if you’d like clarification as I’d be more than happy to help!

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