Hanna, if you're taking a AP courses your senior year, colleges will not see your scores on your AP exams until after they have made an admissions decision. They will, however, have your mid-year grades in the course, and any AP test scores from any earlier years of AP classes. In many ways, an AP exam grade is more meaningful than either SAT scores or ACT scores even though AP exam scores are never a required piece of the admissions equation. The AP exam, however, tests your ability to handle college-level material in a way that the SAT and ACT do not.
At nearly every college in the country, your academic record is the most important part of your college application. The folks in the admissions office want to see that you've taken the most challenging courses available to you. Success in difficult courses is the surest sign of your preparedness for college. The most challenging courses, of course, are college-level courses such as Advanced Placement.
The bare minimum tends not to impress colleges, especially elite ones. Academic rigor is a way for a student to prove they are up to the challenge of higher education, by adding additional difficulty to their high school schedules. The most common way of adding rigor is by taking AP classes. Rigor is in many ways just as important as the overall GPA of a student–though a balance between the two is ideal.
AP students must go above and beyond in their efforts to study and perform well. The material will be more demanding, there will be more reading, and the grading will be harder. As such, AP classes are on a different scale than that of general classes. Where the 4.0 GPA is standard, many AP classes grade on a 5.0 scale, and some colleges will take that into consideration while reviewing a student’s application.
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John recommends the following next steps:
- Different colleges use AP scores in different ways, so it is important that you go to a particular college’s website to determine how it uses AP scores.