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National AP Scholar

inconnuinconnu Posts: 578Registered User Member
edited June 2007 in AP Tests Preparation
How prestigious is this award? I sounds like a pretty big deal..."National"
Do colleges place a decent amount of weight on it? What if someone was shy of National AP by one score or something...How would they match up to someone who has National AP? ie. Exactly same AP tests and score for 7 tests. Person A got a 4 on APES. Person B got 3 on AP CS AB. Person A gets National AP, but Person B took a "harder" test. Would colleges value Person A more than Person B?

Also, should Person B submit their AP scores to colleges for evaluation? Should Person B still submit their scores if they are applying as a Computer Science major?
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  • clove7965clove7965 Posts: 269Registered User Junior Member
    Colleges will be happy you took the course and took the test. They understand that some people just aren't good at test taking but are still geniuses. They really don't put that much emphasis on AP's since they already have SAT's (which is an exception to what I just said before) to look at.
  • iX3demosthenesiX3demosthenes Posts: 299Registered User Junior Member
  • silentsailorsilentsailor Posts: 1,266Registered User Senior Member
    Okay, so I'm a junior with seven 5s on relatively difficult exams at a school where freshmen and sophomores aren't allowed to take AP courses (I fought that and got into AP stat by calling my counselor and pretending to be my mom, but yeah, still). Will that be looked down upon by colleges in comparison to an applicant who got the National Scholar award with, say, two 4s and six 5s?

    Sorry for such a ridiculous and particular question, but I'm having minor qualms in retrospect becasue I feel like I should have self-studied something else to get the award...gah. (And no, I'm not trying to be pretentious, it's just a question.)
  • oasisoasis Posts: 2,069Registered User Senior Member
    I personally don't feel that it's that big of a deal.

    I got seven 5's and one 4 up to my junior year, and qualified for National AP Scholar (although I could not get the award because I don't live in the US).

    I did put, however, that I could qualify for National AP Scholar on all of my college applications. I really don't feel that National AP Scholar is that big of a deal, because I still had friends who did not get into HYP despite being National AP Scholar. Personally, I didn't get into HYP either (I was waitlisted at H and Y).

    I think National AP Scholar only makes a difference if you're looking at schools below the Lower Ivies. At the very top, everyone has amazing courseloads, amazing activities, amazing recommendations, amazing essays...etc. It's going to take more than an award to distinguish yourself (and, it's not very difficult being National Scholar before junior year - compare with getting into the Semifinalists for Siemens or Intel - that takes much more than just having the commitment to self-study or take a bunch of AP courses).

    ps. And, you must admit, it's not that hard getting a 4 or a 5 on an AP exam. With adequate preparation and intellect, it's basically just a question of motivation.
  • eternity1115eternity1115 Posts: 265Registered User Junior Member
    can you still be a National AP Scholar if you got 4s and 5s on 8 AP exams, but got a 3 on another one and your average for all your AP tests is greater than a 4?
  • inconnuinconnu Posts: 578Registered User Member
    RE eternity1155: Yeah, that fulfills the requirements for National AP.
  • pgtoripgtori Posts: 362Registered User Member
    how many people again typically get it before junior year.
  • eternity1115eternity1115 Posts: 265Registered User Junior Member
    i would say thats extremely rare as most people dont take APs before junior year.
  • icooufoo69icooufoo69 Posts: 492Registered User Member
    in my area tons of people get it their junior year.
  • ApotheosisApotheosis Posts: 591Registered User Member
    how many people again typically get it before junior year.

    Do you mean before senior year?

    If so, around 500 students.
  • eternity1115eternity1115 Posts: 265Registered User Junior Member
    wow, what area are you in icooufoo69? how many do you consider "tons"?
  • lebedevlebedev Posts: 359Registered User Member
    National AP Scholar is a good award to get after Junior year.
  • icooufoo69icooufoo69 Posts: 492Registered User Member
    miami florida. in the school I attend, everybody was required to take 4 AP exams, and a pretty good portion of them scored 4s or better. Then at a neighboring school, although APs arent required, many students take/self study at least 3-4 before junior year then take 5+ junior year and get 4s or above.
  • fhqwgads2005fhqwgads2005 Posts: 944Registered User Member
  • Michael1Michael1 Posts: 269Registered User Junior Member
    How prestigeous is the award? I have taken 3 exams so far, and I'll be taking 4 my senior year (calc ab, chem, u.s. gov, comp gov) I could pick up AP Physics C so I'd have enough tests to get the award, but is it worth it? Physics is a very difficult subject, but I'm sure I could handle it if needed, so my overall question is would it be worth it for me to pick up Physics C(and a lot of work) to get the award, or is it not worth it?
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