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I know you can get the award in your senior year, but unless you get it in your junior year you cannot use it on your college apps. How much do colleges care if you got the National AP Scholar award compared to getting the AP Scholar with Distinction award and how would it compare to, say, making it to the AIME? My case is that I took two ap exams in my sophomore year and I'm taking five ap classes in my junior year. I got 4's on both my exams from sophomore year and I'm pretty confident that I can get 4's and 5's on three of my exams this year. On the other two (they're apush and ap language and comp), they're definitely not my strong suits so I may need to study my a** off just to get a 4. But just assuming everything goes well on my five ap exams this year, it still doesn't fulfill the requirement for the National AP Scholar award (I need to have gotten at least 4's on eight or more exams and I would have taken seven at the end of my junior year). So my question is, is it worth self-studying one exam just so I can get the National AP Scholar award a year earlier? And what's a good exam to self-study for? (and by good I mean easy) I've been thinking either ap computer science or ap physics c: e&m but I heard psychology and apes are exams that are easy as well. I don't want to spend too much time on ap exams and end up with bad SAT scores either. So does anyone have advice?