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Do colleges actually care?

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Replies to: Do colleges actually care?

  • egelloc80egelloc80 Registered User Posts: 818 Member
    napalm I think you are slacking in high school and have to stop taking some many easy As and start taking a difficult course load :)
  • 5am69965am6996 Registered User Posts: 251 Junior Member
    If you self study AP's and do well on the AP test, then they care right?
  • FlamewireFlamewire Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    @5am6996 - OP is talking about senior year. Since it's senior year, colleges won't see that he's enrolled in a course (because he's self-studying). And since admissions decisions happen months before AP exams take place, they won't be able to see his score either. So it would help him if he was enrolled or if he wasn't a senior, but as the situation stands, it probably won't.
  • 5am69965am6996 Registered User Posts: 251 Junior Member
    Oh I get it now, thanks. Do colleges, however, see your scores and give you credit if you self study and take the test? Does it go into our transcripts? And do colleges frown upon those who self study? Sorry I've got so many questions!
  • FlamewireFlamewire Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    Do they see your scores? Yes, when you take your AP exams at the end of senior year you can send them to one college, which will be the college you've chosen (remember, exams happen after you make a decision by May 1st). They'll see just a list of exams that you've taken and the scores, so something like this:

    2011
    World History - 4

    2012
    Chemistry - 5
    European History - 5

    2013
    Calculus AB - 4
    etc.

    Different colleges have different policies on what AP scores they accept. You can find this information on the website. For example, one of my state schools (Indiana University Bloomington) gives credit for any score above a 3, but Harvard has a very specific policy on AP credit. It depends on the school.

    Self-studying has no impact on whether you receive credit - it all depends on the exam score (some schools may ask to see a lab notebook or binder for science-based courses; again, check with the college). I don't think any school would frown upon those who self-study, it just shows motivation.

    AP scores generally don't go on high school transcripts, but your high school might have a different policy about this. Ask your guidance counselor for more info about your transcript.
  • 5am69965am6996 Registered User Posts: 251 Junior Member
    Ah that clears out all my doubts, thanks so much!
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