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Will a 3/3/4/4/5 Keep me out of HYPSColumbia??

powerbombpowerbomb Registered User Posts: 3,364 Senior Member
edited July 2009 in College Admissions
Okay, so I think I will end up with a 3,3,4,4,5 (if lucky, 3,4,4,5,5) on my AP exams - will these scores keep me out of said schools? I have heard that AP scores are used "only" for placement purposes, but I am disinclined to believe that...Given that all my other factors are great, 4.0+, 2250+,750+ on subject tests, etc...

Thanks.
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Replies to: Will a 3/3/4/4/5 Keep me out of HYPSColumbia??

  • powerbombpowerbomb Registered User Posts: 3,364 Senior Member
    bummmmppppp
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 25,793 Senior Member
    Yes, it's good to disbelieve what you have "heard". The problem with a 3 on an AP score is that it devalues your course grade, i.e., that 'A' now looks inflated against another applicant who might have a 'B' on his/her transcript but yet earned a 5 on the AP test. However, strong subject test scores show academic strength in those discilpines.

    In short, any adcom will give you the stock, politically-correct answer: we look at the WHOLE application, yada, yada, yada. The only thing you can do is apply. If Columbia is your #1, go ED. Good luck.
  • powerbombpowerbomb Registered User Posts: 3,364 Senior Member
    eh, I wouldn't consider Columbia to be my first choice, but thanks anyways.

    I guess another way to ask this is - has anybody seen an applicant with similar AP scores as mine get accepted to these schools?
  • uskoolfishuskoolfish Registered User Posts: 2,935 Senior Member
    Just a heads up---D never sent a score report for any of her APs---and not one of the colleges she applied to ever asked. She had gotten a 2 in Physics and a 3 in US History junior year, so she would rather have not promoted that. No one asked. She got accepted into Barnard, Brandeis, NYU, GW, American, Muhlenberg and Binghamton. Good luck.
  • BigWeightBigWeight Registered User Posts: 978 Member
    i got a 3,4,4,4,4 on my tests, and it didnt keep me away from Dartmouth, UChicago, or Duke.
  • HiPeopleHiPeople Registered User Posts: 778 Member
    I doubt that will be a deciding factor in keeping you out of HYPS and Columbia.
  • silence_kitsilence_kit Registered User Posts: 1,826 Senior Member
    APs are not that important in the college admissions process. Good colleges know that they are easier than college courses anyway . . .
  • hsseniorlookinghsseniorlooking Registered User Posts: 653 Member
    The brutal competition is your worst enemy, not one statistic.
  • powerbombpowerbomb Registered User Posts: 3,364 Senior Member
    ^ explain...?
  • NWdivisionCHAMPSNWdivisionCHAMPS Registered User Posts: 1,024 Senior Member
    ^ ^ There will be people applying that have the exact same scores + gpa as you, but may have beaten you on the AP tests, which would then give them the upper hand. Basically, you want to be at the top for most everything since you will be competing with people who are the best at everything..
  • JuanmarcoJuanmarco Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    I have a friend who got into Princeton with scores similar to those, so you certainly aren't out of the running. Just make sure your essays are really good.
  • quantaquanta Registered User Posts: 211 Junior Member
    I got all HYPSM with worse (couple 1s). Don't worry...
    However if "all my other factors" are simply scores as you've listed, then you have a problem.
  • bugaboobugaboo Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    Your AP scores definitely won't keep you out.
  • powerbombpowerbomb Registered User Posts: 3,364 Senior Member
    However if "all my other factors" are simply scores as you've listed, then you have a problem

    well, I did say...
    etc...

    I wasn't going to make this into a chances thread...
  • HiPeopleHiPeople Registered User Posts: 778 Member
    I got all HYPSM with worse (couple 1s). Don't worry...

    Whoa nice! Did you report all of them? I'm just curious because so many people are dishonest and want to try and trick the adcoms, but you must have some other amazing activities.
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