Fill Out The Forms Consistently or Lose Credit

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Fill out all forms related to AP testing the same way every time.</p>

<p>My son took AP courses in three of his four years of high school. He has been in college for two years now. The amount of credit he got for his AP courses never seemed right. I called AP services to have them send another report to the school.</p>

<p>It turns out that he was in the system twice. One occurrence had his scores for sophomore and junior years, the other occurrence had his scores for his senior year.</p>

<p>Why two records? One occurrence had his middle initial. The other occurrence had no middle initial. There was also a one-character difference in his street address between the two occurrence. </p>

<p>We can fix the problem with AP credit at the school he now attends. But we'll never know whether all the schools he applied to received all of his AP scores, and whether that might have made a difference to any of the schools that rejected him. </p>

<p>It all worked out in the end because he loves the school he attends and he's kinda glad one or two of the others rejected him because he might have gone there instead and not been as happy. But the lesson learned is this.....</p>

<p>Fill out all forms related to AP testing the same way every time.
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<p>Don't you only fill in the purple area once?</p>

<p>All I know is that he took the test in '06, '07, and '08, and ended up in the AP Services data base twice with 06 and 07 scores in one record and 08 scores in the other. Maybe AP screwed up, maybe he did. Either way, it can't hurt to do everything you can to ensure it doesn't happen to you.</p>

<p>Did he put his social security on every test?</p>

<p>I don't believe AP scores would make or break an admissions decision.</p>

<p>^It's not about admissions (though I do wonder about the correlation between AP scores and admissions a lot), it's about saving money and being exempt from college classes.</p>

<p>I've heard about a SSN mix-up before (basically, put it down the first time you take APs and then thereafter, or not at all ever or else scores get messed up), but maybe it was from the same situation here anyway.
Same situation with people who go by two different names interchangeably.</p>

<p>This thread would've helped more if it was created in early May, but thank you.</p>

<p>^Exactly. AP scores are used for credit. That is why I do not believe that it would have made a difference at the schools that rejected him.</p>

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<p>I realized that when I posted it but I just learned about this today.</p>

<p>The second lesson learned from this is to follow up on AP credits after your kid has been accepted. Get the equivalency chart from the school, match it to your kid's scores, and if you think more credits are owed then call the school and ask.</p>

<p>Oh, and when you call AP Services to get an updated report talk to a real person. Don't just use the automated phone thingy. Ask how many courses are shown on the report. It was the real person who noticed the problem and fixed it.</p>

<p>As a result of this the number of credits my kid got from AP courses jumped from 4 to 17. That was definitely worth a phone call or two.</p>

<p>First of all, I'm glad that you were able to identify and fix the problem. College Board can pretty easily modify their computers to flag an entry that seems almost identical to a previous year's, increased in grade by one, and has no exams on file.</p>

<p>As a small correction in regards to your comment that his senior year AP scores might have helped in his admissions - even if AP scores were a significant factor in the admissions process, AP scores come out way too late to be considered for regular admissions and most likely too late for most waitlists. Because his senior year scores were on a different file, you needn't fret about college acceptance issues in regards to this problem.</p>