I attend an international school in Korea, which offers 19 APs total throughout my 3 years there (Korean high schools have 3 grades).
According to plan, I have/will take 8 AP classes out of them. Of course, I would like to take some more, given that I am aiming for some highly selective schools. However, our school made it impossible to take many AP classes--even though they do "offer" a lot--by scheduling many AP classes in the same period. For example, AP WH, AP Macro, and AP CP were all held at the same time, so I could only take 1 of them.
I have 8 classes, but I also have 4 other (different from those 8) APs that I have taken only as exams, and not classes. I got a 5 on all 4.
Also, among those 19, 4 were "extra" classes--the school hired an AP instructor & the classes were held after regular class time & you had to pay extra. I didn't take any of them, since I had taken the AP exams for most of them anyway.
I know that 8 out of 19 certainly doesn't look good, but it sure wasn't because I was too lazy or afraid to take the other classes--I was just done with the exams & why would I go through the curriculum again?
Anyway, how would this situation look like in the eyes of colleges? They probably won't understand all that complication, but would they be fine with the 8/19 APs? Or would it be a negative factor in my application?