AP test disappointment... Now what?
My 11th grade son got his AP exam results recently and is quite disappointed. He earned a 4 in Calculus AB, a 3 in English and a 2 in AP Chemistry. Based on his practice tests going in he expected a 4 in math, a 4 in English and a 3 in Chem so he scored significantly worse than he expected. Both my spouse and I work in public high schools so we are around this craziness all the time, but my own son is struggling to dig out of this one and have it be "not a big deal." He is convinced that his low AP scores will have a significant impact on his ability to get $ for college. (Our financial situation is such, and I posted on it before where we are going to struggle to come up with more than 20K per year and some net price calculators, like my alma mater Brown U, have us with 47,000 EFC. Gulp.) So we are likely looking at our state schools here in Oregon or a smaller private school if he finds a tremendous financial package. So is an AP 2 in Chemistry, which is a "failing" score, a big deal? What advice would you give a parent trying to convince a strong student that this likely won't be as big of an issue. He has 4.0 unweighted and 1360/31 test scores and some pretty unique ECs so he will be OK but he is really struggling with this setback.33 replies