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How many kids actually get National AP Scholar?

MetdethGNRMetdethGNR Registered User Posts: 952 Member
edited November 2011 in AP Tests Preparation
Hey guys. I am a junior and by this year, I will be done with 8 APs.

Does anyone here know the actual number ( or percentage) of kids who get National AP Scholar? I haven't been able to find it anywhere.

Thanks guys!
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Replies to: How many kids actually get National AP Scholar?

  • rosee09rosee09 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    If you look at college boards report to the nation, I think it's about 7,000 kids a year, but the number is always going up. THis includes seniors too though, so I'm not sure how many juniors. I'm a junior this year and am trying to get NAtional AP Scholar this year too. How many AP's are you doing this year?
  • theoneotheoneo Registered User Posts: 6,934 Senior Member
    I got it two years ago as a junior. Theres definitely an Excel document somewhere on the College Board website that gives figures for the number of National AP Scholars each year for a couple years, and it also separates it into juniors and seniors. I somehow recall there were only like 30 junior national AP scholars my year in my state. Or something like that. In retrospect, it was nice to have but it isn't worth spending too much extra money or effort on. If you're already going to have 8 AP's total then yeah make sure you get 4's or 5's on all of them.

    Edit: ah, yes, here it is. The very last link, called AP Scholar Data 2007 under Other Information and Data. Its an excel file (.xls). Damn, 11 people got it as sophomores.
  • llpitchllpitch Registered User Posts: 4,318 Senior Member
    Wow, in Hawaii nobody got National AP Scholar by their Junior year and only 28 had it by senior year. By junior year, there were only FIVE AP Scholars with Distinction!

    I'm so mad right now. By the end of this year (my junior year), I will have taken 7 tests (I signed up for the 8th but my counselor wont proctor me more than 2 self study APs).

    Wow, I could've been the only National AP Scholar in Hawaii as a Junior =[ =[
  • MetdethGNRMetdethGNR Registered User Posts: 952 Member
    NOOOO!!!!!! LLpitch I am kinda mad for you. That sucks! :( But I am sure you will definetely make it as a senior though.

    Thank you guys soooo much! I could never find that link!

    Well I see California is the state with the most National Scholars by Junior year. Followed by my state, Florida with 122.

    I think that's largely caused by the fact that Florida public schools have offer a ridiculous amount of AP courses and because the state pays for all the fees.

    Rosee09, I am taking 6 AP's this year: US Gov, Spanish Lit, English Lang, Chem, Physics B, Micro.

  • llpitchllpitch Registered User Posts: 4,318 Senior Member
    Yeah I'll easily have it next year. This year I'm gonna go for AP Scholar w/ Distinction.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 25,562 Senior Member
    guys/gals: don't get too excited bcos CB's awards are essentially worthless for college admission purposes. A LOT of high schools refuse to let kids take AP courses until Jr year, and then limit what is offered Jr year. Colleges will see that you have APs on your application, and if you have a a "lot" more than typically offered at your school, it will be a plus for admissions, notwithstanding any CB certificate. The point being is that an adcom just ain't gonna care is you have 7 or 8 APs by the end of Jr year -- Stanford claims that their average is 5, after SENIOR year.
  • rosee09rosee09 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    woah. five after senior year? Is that recent? I guess cc is warping my perspective :) I'm taking 6/7 depending on how you count it. both Physics C, Latin vergil, Stats and English lit. And then, to get this award (hopefully) i am self studying environmental science and taking calc ab. So, I have a couple questions.... First, my college counselor wants me to have this award so he told me to take calc ab. I'm not sure how colleges will see this because i took calc bc as a freshman, and now I'm taking ab as a junior just for this award. will that be viewed negatively? Second, how should i study for so many ap's? I'm planning on starting next week, I just don't know how to split up my limited time.
  • lunar_yearslunar_years Registered User Posts: 542 Member
    I'll have seven by the end of my junior year, which kinda sucks. Oh well, I'll probably fail Spanish anyway.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 25,562 Senior Member

    Taking the AB test two years after completing BC is just plain baaaaaad advice, IMO. Adcoms would wonder why you don't have something better to do with your time , like perhaps awesome ECs. Post this on the parents board or search out some of the real Admissions Officers on cc, and you'll find I'm correct.
  • tapedDucktapedDuck Registered User Posts: 705 Member
    I agree National AP Scholar is not that good - I got National AP Scholar as a junior and am applying to colleges this year and as far as I have seen, it doesn't help a whole lot. Thing like National Merit are a lot better.
  • altindiegirlaltindiegirl Registered User Posts: 335 Member
    What I don't get is how 10th graders are able to get national ap scholar...that is way too extreme and geeky!
  • cryin' ryancryin' ryan Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    heyy you guys,
    kk, im from mass and the thing is (while im sure u all go to great schools) at a lot of the really good public (like top 100 in the country) or amazingly good private the regular college prep classes are harder than some ap classes at other schools. so while ya, its a great distinction, colleges also look at the school ur coming from, so keep that in mind
    fyi- i will only have 4 aps by the end of my junior year, but thats because i take a class each semester at BU.
    good luck!
  • SSBSSB Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    I have a question about the requirements for the national ap scholar awards. Do you have to get a four or five on EVERY exam you have taken and have to have taken at least 8 exams or is it just that you've gotten a four or five on 8 exams and have an average of 4 or higher?
  • LiistLiist - Posts: 1,787 Senior Member
    Funny how national AP Scholar is so much easier to get than state AP Scholar.

    It might be pointless to get it senior year because colleges don't look at it, but it's very useful if you feel like transferring to another college.
  • galoisiengaloisien - Posts: 3,741 Senior Member
    What about resumes?
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