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How many APs do ivy leagues require? Where could I take more APs?

chronichroni Posts: 182Registered User Junior Member
edited July 2010 in AP Tests Preparation
I just finished sophmore year and I only took one AP (AP Calc AB). My school only offers a total of 10 aps.. and I already know I can't take 3 of them (AP Art studio, AP French, AP Spanish). Junior year my tentative schedule includes 3 APs. (AP English, AP Bio, AP Calc BC at uccp.org since my school only offers up to calc ab) I'm not taking ap us history because I heard there is a lot of outlining and I don't want to combine that with lots of outlining from ap bio. Senior year I plan on taking Calculus III probably at UC Berkeley, AP physics b, ap english, and possibly ap government. Is this enough APs? Also, I really want to take ap psychology, ap environmental science, ap macro and micro, and ap stats. Where could I take these courses whether it be online courses or should I just self study? I live in the bay area and for those who also live here do you know if any center or college offers ap courses?
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Replies to: How many APs do ivy leagues require? Where could I take more APs?

  • Jersey13Jersey13 Posts: 4,622Registered User Senior Member
    Ivy League are other schools of similar selectivity only ask that you challenge yourself in the context of your school. If your school offers 10 and you take 7, that's perfectly fine.
  • chronichroni Posts: 182Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks! Wouldn't it help me more though if I took extra ones not offered at my school because wouldn't the colleges think I must have good time management to be able to accopmlish this?
  • Jersey13Jersey13 Posts: 4,622Registered User Senior Member
    Well self-studying APs will definitely be seen positively, but in all honesty, it's not going to affect any admissions decision significantly. Unless you're aiming for National AP Scholar after junior year, I'd suggest you focus on keeping your grades up, improving your rank (if you're not valedictorian already) and getting great standardized test scores next year.
  • chronichroni Posts: 182Registered User Junior Member
    What can I do to increase my chances of getting in to an ivy league?
  • hobbithillhobbithill Posts: 984Registered User Member
    Hey do you go to BHS?
  • Jersey13Jersey13 Posts: 4,622Registered User Senior Member
    What can I do to increase my chances of getting in to an ivy league?
    Maintain good grades, increase your class rank, have strong standardized test scores, participate in ECs you enjoy.

    It's all pretty obvious and I'm pretty sure you already knew these things.
  • chronichroni Posts: 182Registered User Junior Member
    Haha no I don't go to BHS. My cumulative gpa is 3.94 including both semesters of freshman year and one semester of sophomore year (haven't found out my second sem grades yet). I'm pretty sure I'm on the top percent of my class because I'm at least two years ahead of everyone in my class in terms of math. I have been on the tennis team for 2 years and plan to join it junior and senior year, I'm a very competitive chess player who participates in many tournaments, I swim leisurely and to get exercise, I may start doing kung fu again, and I did cross country for one year. I'm aiming for a 2300 on the SAT and at least a 34 on the ACT.
  • gaginanggaginang Posts: 424Registered User Member
    Do what you love.
  • Salve!Salve! Posts: 1,551Registered User Member
    Well, for one, look at ALL school options before immediately saying "hey, I want to go to an IVY league school". Secondly, like a person said previously, you just need to have a competitive schedule for YOUR school. It's not like they are going to count the number of APs you took and say "oh, looks like he only took 4 APs through his high school career, REJECTED". I'm positive that there are plenty of students at Ivy's who may never have even taken an AP test (probably because their school doesn't even offer them).
  • bobtheboybobtheboy Posts: 2,216Registered User Senior Member
    You could have zero APs. Take as many as you can, but DO WELL IN THEM (classes, and tests) otherwise don't take them.
  • 314159265314159265 Posts: 4,276Registered User Senior Member
    Ivy Leagues have no set requirement for number of APs. They do, however, expect you to do well in the AP classes you take. Taking 10 AP classes and getting Cs in the class and 2/3s on the AP tests is worse than getting As and 5s in 2 or 3 AP subjects. Self-studying won't hurt your application, especially if you score a 4 or a 5, but it won't be a tiebreaker the admission officers use (unless 2 candidates are just that similar). Don't self-study/take lots of APs to impress colleges. Take them or study them only if you genuinely want to learn. If not, you'd be better off volunteering or doing something like that.
  • kaka11kaka11 Posts: 22Registered User New Member
    I think taking 7 out of 10 of the APs offered at your school is more than sufficient. I wouldn't try to take AP exams that your school does not offer. It's just causes more stress and truly, you can spend your time on other things like SAT scores and extra curriculars.
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