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Will one bad AP score affect my chances?

MythProdigyMythProdigy 4 replies3 threads New Member
Hi, I am currently a rising senior doing some college research. I took the AP bio exam this year, and I think I bombed it. If I did fail, should I not send my scores to competitive colleges?

Also, things to consider would include that I hope to major in biochemistry, and the fact that I ruined my bio exam kind of looks bad. I'm not really sure what to do!
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 30836 replies198 threads Senior Member
    AP scores are self-reported on college applications. If you don't like your score, don't report it. It really, truly, is that simple.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 41044 replies7690 threads Super Moderator
    If you get a bad score, don't report it - problem solved. Regardless, one AP score will not make or break an application.
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  • kenneydabestkenneydabest 16 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Okay as a fellow rising senior, here’s what I would do. I would just not sent that one AP Bio score if you get a 1 or a 2. However, I’m pretty sure this costs money. So if you can afford it do that. But, if you have a reason why you got a 1 or a 2, then you should probably explain it to the college, I think they can be forgiving. If you get a 3, then I think you should send it either way, because if that’s the only one that has a three then it could be seen as a fluke.

    But also, I’m pretty sure some colleges require that you send all scores no matter what. Like I’m pretty sure Yale does this, so there’s no hiding from them. If you’ve taken all your other exams for your other AP classes this might look suspicious though. So I would just be careful. Hide the score from the colleges you can. But if you have an excuse, explain yourself in the application.

    If you can talk to your guidance councilor about this.
    Good luck.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 41044 replies7690 threads Super Moderator
    But also, I’m pretty sure some colleges require that you send all scores no matter what. Like I’m pretty sure Yale does this, so there’s no hiding from them.

    No US college requires official AP score reports with the app. They are self reported on the app.
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  • MythProdigyMythProdigy 4 replies3 threads New Member
    Hi, thank you for the reply. What I mean is that since I'm majoring in biochem, would the fact that I took AP bio but not submit a score implicate that I'm not good enough to the college?
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  • skieuropeskieurope 41044 replies7690 threads Super Moderator
    Hi, thank you for the reply. What I mean is that since I'm majoring in biochem, would the fact that I took AP bio but not submit a score implicate that I'm not good enough to the college?

    No.
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  • theloniusmonktheloniusmonk 3037 replies5 threads Senior Member
    Especially with how the APs were administered this year, I wouldn't be too concerned.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 2442 replies39 threads Senior Member
    What I mean is that since I'm majoring in biochem, would the fact that I took AP bio but not submit a score implicate that I'm not good enough to the college?

    They may infer it, but what can you do?

    Some schools don’t use AP scores in admissions, and it’s not a major input for any of them. Send or don’t send, depending on the score, but don’t waste time/effort worrying about it.
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  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU 14518 replies106 threads Forum Champion
    Fret not...colleges are much more concerned about your grades in those classes as opposed to the AP tests.

    Why is that?
    1) Doing well in a class shows you can learn over the year and work hard over a period of time. That is what they want in college.
    2) Not all HS have many APs.
    3) Many people take AP tests senior year which is too late for admissions

    For example, Stanford says:
    Students currently enrolled in AP courses are not required to submit AP scores as part of our admission process. AP scores that are reported are acknowledged but rarely play a significant role in the evaluation of an application. Grades earned over the course of a term, or a year, and evaluations from instructors who can comment on classroom engagement provide us with the most detailed insight into a student's readiness for the academic rigors of Stanford.
    http://admission.stanford.edu/basics/selection/prepare.html

    Let me state clearly: we do not admit students solely because of their AP courses/scores. There is no minimum or recommended number of AP courses. AP scores are not part of an admission formula.... What we are saying is that, despite what you may have heard, college admissions isn’t a game of whoever has the most APs, wins.
    https://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/on_aps_1/

    Where does this leave you?
    1) It tells you that you cannot place out of those classes in college...you will need to take them in college like many many other people do.
    2) Do not self-report your scores
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  • kenneydabestkenneydabest 16 replies4 threads Junior Member
    This video can be very helpful for you:

    https://youtu.be/EIo-wi39shQ
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  • MythProdigyMythProdigy 4 replies3 threads New Member
    Thank you so much everyone! I actually got a 4, so I think I'm satisfied :)
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  • kenneydabestkenneydabest 16 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Yay congrats🥳
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