Updated: Jul 12
Congratulations to students who accepted the challenge of taking Advanced Placement Courses. High school course rigor is consistently one of the most important factors in considering a student's readiness for next-level learning.
The College Board released scores 7/5 - here are some FAQs to help.
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How do I know which scores to report?
For most schools, 4s and 5s are reported. If the school accepts a 3 for college credit, report it. For example, the University of Maryland accepts a 3 for AP Language and Composition and AP Literature. The University of South Carolina is much more generous with multiple courses offering college credit for a 3 AP score. If on-time or early graduation is a goal, make sure to consider schools where you can get a head start on general education credits is considered. You should know the difference between schools.
Do admissions consider AP scores as part of the student's academic profile?
It depends on the school. All schools consider course rigor as shown on the high school transcript as Very Important or Important. However, schools differ in their practice if the actual AP score (vs. the grade on the transcript) is considered. Criterion is not necessarily published so students need to ask. I asked a random sample of admission offices the question, "Are AP scores given consideration in the admission review?"
Clemson University - Yes
Northeastern University - No, course rigor and grades on high school transcripts are considered only
University of Oregon - No, course rigor and grades on high school transcripts are considered only
New York University - Yes, but the student must submit at least 3 scores, with at least one Humanities and one STEM
Boston College - Yes
Pennsylvania State University - Yes
How do schools see my AP scores?
Some schools require students to self-report their standardized test scores (SAT/ACT), and others require official scores from the College Board/ACT. We recommend students follow the same process for AP scores.
Can I choose which AP scores I send through my College Board Account?
Submitting official AP scores through the College Board is an all-or-nothing venture such that if a student is going to send official AP scores, they must send all scores, even the lower ones. The only caveat is that students can cancel scoring a test or withdraw a scored test if they notify the College Board by June 15th.