Ap scores; good or bad?

<p>i took 3 ap tests junior year and would like to know whether they are good for a rice applicant (and potential acceptee) or not. If you think "no" please include what I need to do to balance of their poor performance in my application. </p>

<p>AP
Chemistry: 4
US History: 4
Environmental Science: 5</p>

<p>I took 2 other tests (physics and BC calc; i intend to retake them senior year b/c my scores tell me that I have not understood/mastered those courses well enough for me to matriculate to a higher lvl).</p>

<p>These scores will count in your favor, if at all.</p>

<p>what did you get on physics and BC calc? 1? Asterik (*)? What did you get?</p>

<p>no only 3's, which i think colleges like rice will not accept. I think i've checked their site for ap credits, and only 4s & 5s are considered. thanks guys. :)</p>

<p>From what I hear, colleges don't really look too closely at a student's AP scores--evaluation of APs is mainly done when colleges a) look at a student's difficulty of courseload in comparison to what other courses are offered at his/her school, and b) the transcript grades in those AP courses.</p>

<p>^ They use the actual course grades to your GPA - but the final score will determine transfer credit</p>

<p>i have a 3.6 around cumulative unweighted gpa, but this year (only for junior year) i took mainly APs and got 5.3-5.4 weighted gpa. Taking that into consideration, my cumulative weighten gpa was 4.7-4.8. Which components of this spectrum seem weak to you all? I don't like my SATs at this time and I will try to bring them up, but really wanna get into Rice b/c of environment and gorgeous city place. Any feedback on these stats would be great. I'm also top 15% in school, I'll try to get these up (but i doubt that Rice will have the time to see the boost since admissions end before school ends :( ) By the way, I'm OOS; that might hurt my chances but o'well.</p>

<p>^ Being out of state is not a disadvantage. I wouldn't put too much emphasis on a weighted GPA considering most schools don't "weight" the same way, but an unweighted GPA is much more uniform in considering applicants from a broad range of schools. It is very difficult to give you an indication of admission considering that the "numbers" part of your application is only a piece of the puzzle, and big distinguishing factors are going to be your essays, short answers, and teacher recommendation(s). (Not to mention an interview, which I highly suggest you do) I personally think that AP scores are taken into consideration only to gauge your success in a rigorous course (if at all considering your GPA would be a reflection of that as Antarius mentioned). As Soulstice mentioned, I believe that AP courses are mainly to prove a rigorous course schedule. In the end, the numbers are just numbers, and you have to make yourself stand out in the "sea of numbers" that the admissions office is bombarded with every year. Yes, there are general ranges of scores you should shoot for when applying, but they aren't "set in stone". A popular figure on this board for SAT scores is somewhere around a 2100, but I got in with a 1910. That being said, I did have a 33 on my ACT. If one of your tests scores is a little "low" you should still try and increase it, but it probably won't be the deciding factor of your application if you everything else is strong. Good luck applying!</p>

<p>Fromen - the 33 basically overrode the SAT. They look at the higher of the two. So you basically had a 2200 on the SAT</p>

<p>Huh, good to know I guess</p>

<p>I'm always surprised when I see students asking if their AP results are good enough for admission (as opposed to being good enough for credit once they're admitted). Normally, you only submit AP scores to the one school where you've decided to attend. Is there even a place on the common app or Rice supplement for self-reporting scores?</p>

<p>@BerkeleyMom yes, but I have similar doubts as to whether adcoms take ap scores into account at all</p>

<p>Berkeleymom - there are spots for AP tests. </p>

<p>Attached is a screenshot from the sample <a href="http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/9337/77756921.jpg%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/9337/77756921.jpg&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>and here is the link <a href="https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/docs/downloadforms/CommonApp2011_highlighted.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/docs/downloadforms/CommonApp2011_highlighted.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>The top area allows you to list your "best scores"</p>

<p>AP Scores don't really affect the application. They matter, however, when you're trying to receive credit. In that case, Rice only takes 4s and 5s.</p>

<p>Since they are self-reported on the Common App. They carry little weight. </p>

<p>Just take the most rigorous courses offered at you school.</p>