Hi everyone. I really hope this doesn’t come off the wrong way, as it’s a genuine concern of mine that has been on my mind nonstop ever since AP scores were released.
I got a 4 on my AP English Lit exam. In general, I know a 4 is good and would submit it without hesitation. That being said, my class took a “practice AP exam” (which was actually an AP exam from a previous year) and I scored almost 100% on it, a.k.a. a 5. I didn’t feel I struggled on the actual AP exam and I was shocked (and devastated, to be honest) that I had only gotten a 4.
Even so, this typically wouldn’t bother me much. The issue is that a huge aspect of my college application is my passion for writing. I’ve written a novel and multiple poetry collections. I’m a straight A student (save for a B in Chemistry) and I’m applying to multiple top-tier schools, my first choice being UPenn.
My concern is that by submitting a 4, rather than a 5, that whole part of my application will seem less valuable and genuine. Whereas if I choose not to submit the score at all, they could assume even worse – like that I had gotten a 1 or a 2.
I’m really not sure what to do. Any advice would be appreciated.