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Self-Reporting AP scores

skieuropeskieurope 42310 replies8428 threads Super Moderator
This discussion was created from comments split from: Solid SAT Subject Tests but not good SAT 1 what are the chances?.
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  • aranshghsaranshghs 29 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @gibby‌ this is kinda off topic but just had a random question.. if you don't self report the AP scores, would Harvard still know your scores?
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  • Falcon1Falcon1 1919 replies31 threads Senior Member
    edited November 2014
    Don't hijack a thread to ask a question. Start a new thread. No, unless AP scores are reported on your transcripts.
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  • aranshghsaranshghs 29 replies7 threads Junior Member
    edited November 2014
    @Falcon1‌ so sorry :( and thank you...
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  • aranshghsaranshghs 29 replies7 threads Junior Member
    Woah. Don't know how you did that but thank you and sorry... I didn't know it wasn't allowed :(@skieurope‌
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  • gibbygibby 10541 replies249 threads Senior Member
    ^^ @aranshghs: Unless your AP scores also appear on your transcript, colleges have no way of knowing your scores.

    FWIW: In most cases, an AP test is the culmination of an AP class, and Admissions Officers know that. If an AP class appears on your transcript, but you don't self-report the AP test, an Admissions Officer might think:

    (A) The student didn't have the money to take the test
    (B) The student didn't care enough to take the test
    (C) the student didn't do well on the test -- as in they scored a 1 or 2

    While the first excuse is certainly valid and acceptable -- and one look at a student's zip code might rule-in or rule-out that option -- the latter two excuses do not bode well for a student in the applications process. So, if you've taken an AP test and scored a 3/4/5, I always advise student's to self-report the scores.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 42310 replies8428 threads Super Moderator
    edited November 2014
    To @gibby 's point. Unless they are listed on a transcript, there is no way that Harvard will know anything, but the absence of scores may cause them to assume something.

    Having said that, for most schools, AP scores carry little to no weight in admissions. AP scores don't gain you any credit at Harvard unless you are one of the very few students that activates advanced standing.
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  • HobbitTonHobbitTon 801 replies39 threads Member
    @skieurope‌, that's actually not true. Harvard places much more emphasis on AP scores than you're implying. Here's a quote from Fitzsimmons:

    "We have found that the best predictors at Harvard are Advanced Placement tests and International Baccalaureate Exams, closely followed by the College Board subject tests. High school grades are next in predictive power, followed by the SAT and ACT. The writing tests of the SAT and ACT have predictive power similar to the subject tests."

    http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/11/harvarddean-part2/
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