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Do AP Tests help a lot in college admissions?

axlethetravelleraxlethetraveller Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
Do colleges care a lot about student's AP test scores when it comes to admissions? Is it more of an achievement that students can show off to AO or are they tests as important as the SAT or ACT?

Replies to: Do AP Tests help a lot in college admissions?

  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,907 Senior Member
    No, colleges care about AP classes. AO scores are for you, since some colleges allow you to use them to bypass entry-level classes.
  • axlethetravelleraxlethetraveller Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    But other than being used to bypass entry-level classes in many schools, will getting a 5 on your AP Tests help as much as getting a high SAT or ACT score when it comes to college admissions?
  • axlethetravelleraxlethetraveller Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 24,870 Senior Member
    Sure it helps, in holistic. They see how you performed on a standardized test, not just in class. After that, IF admitted, you may be able to get credit.

    But the chance an AP score will make up for a low SAT/ACT is arguable.

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 27,778 Super Moderator
    will getting a 5 on your AP Tests help as much as getting a high SAT or ACT score when it comes to college admissions?
    No.
    SAT/ACT scores are required by many colleges; AP scores are required by none, at least in the US. AP scores are self reported. Officials score reports at most colleges are received by the registrar's office, who will evaluate them for credit/placement.

    @MYOS1634 is correct. Taking AP classes, when available, will show rigor in your schedule, which colleges will appreciate. A 5 on the AP test will help validate the course rigor, while many 1's or 2's will call into question whether grade inflation exists at the school. But simply getting a 5 on a test? No other benefit from an admissions perspective..
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,907 Senior Member
    No, the SAT/ACT is more important, as well as 700+ scores in at least two subject tests (3 if your first two were in the same area).
  • axlethetravelleraxlethetraveller Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    Thanks guys. Maybe I should not worry about my AP scores that much now.
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