How beneficial is the AP National Scholar?

<p>What is this ap national scholar? and how benefical is it?Plus like is it worth getting it. Do you need 8 ap classes by the end of junior year?</p>

<p>you need 8 tests with 4s or higher.</p>

<p>I wouldn't go out of my way by taking classes i wasn't interested in just to get it.</p>

<p>The big benefit will be the course rigor and the high GPA. The award isn't worth that much because AP scores aren't considered as much as SAT1/SAT2's are.</p>

<p>Having AP national scholar by the end of Junior year is not something easily or widely accomplished. Only a few thousand students do it each year. I got it simply by virtue of being in an IB programme where we take AP level classes in pretty much everything in Junior year, plus having taken 3 APs by the end of sophomore year. Our programme has us take APUSH and APUSgov in sophomore and freshman years, respectively, and I took environmental science in sophomore year because I was interested in it. I didn't self study any of them, per se. Most of our junior year classes did not do any exam prep, but we were prepared to take the test anyways.</p>

<p>But I really don't think it's worth your time and money to take extra AP exams simply to get National AP scholar. It may be a worthy investment in order to chop a good year and a half's worth of classes off at your good state flagship or fulfill a good many distribution requirements at a higher-ranked school.</p>

<p>I read something like .56% of students get it. I am trying to next year, but I am taking all courses in things that interest me.</p>

<p>More people get 2400s than get Nat AP Scholar so it's def worth something, in my opinion</p>

<p>If you attain AP National Scholar after senior year, you get a certificate in the mail. It would not be available for the college application process, but if you apply for something freshman year of college (like a scholarship or academic award), you can use it on those applications.</p>

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More people get 2400s than get Nat AP Scholar so it's def worth something, in my opinion

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Do you have the data to support that claim? I find that extremely hard to believe.</p>

<p>That figure (.56%) may be a percentage of how many total students taking an AP class attain National status versus what percentage of students taking the SAT get 2400s. Would that make sense? I would guess (and it is a guess) that a lot more people take the SAT.</p>

<p>Well roughly 0.00019% of students who take the SAT receive a score of 2400.</p>

<p>Scratch that....sorry guys, I had just heard that from some one else on CC, but I did some googling</p>

<p>National AP Scholar: 13,185
Perfect 2400s: around 200ish (I think couldn't find a reliable source for this one)</p>

<p>Haha my bad! Sorry :)</p>

<p>Okay, now add up what College Board takes in for all those tests....</p>

<p>I try not to dwell on the College Board's near monopolization of college admissions testing :)</p>

<p>I was the one writing the checks. However, they did pay off in credits awarded and scholarhsip money, so I really can't complain.</p>

<p>For specificity,</p>

<p>297 students from last year received 2400s.</p>

<p><a href="http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/sat_percentile_ranks_composite_cr_m_w.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/sat_percentile_ranks_composite_cr_m_w.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>13185 students last year received National Scholar Award.</p>

<p>[url=<a href="http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/ap/data%5DAP"&gt;http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/ap/data]AP&lt;/a> Data 2009<a href="AP%20Scholar%20Data">/url</a></p>

<p>All that money they rake in is basically why I don't pay the $8 for scores by phone, as tempting as it is :)</p>

<p>I heard most people saying colleges disregard National AP Scholar Awards, but what if you got one by the end of your sophomore year? How rare is that and would colleges regard that for anything?</p>

<p>I'm saying this half-jokingly, but: The colleges that National AP Scholars apply to probably receive applications from many other National AP Scholars, so it probably doesn't mean a whole lot to them. The colleges that National AP Scholars don't apply to probably don't know what it means, since nobody ever applies with the award. Then again, National AP Scholars wouldn't probably apply to a school that didn't know what AP Scholar Awards are. So it's sort of an interesting situation. :D</p>

<p>There are different AP National scholars. The highest one can get after junior year is "with Distinction," I believe. I got that and added it to my college apps...not sure of the impact, but it's a nice honor.</p>

<p>Glenny--there are different AP Scholars, National is one, with distinction is another. The link on page one of this thread explains all of them. It is very difficult to get the national honor as a junior because at many schools, the number of AP classes you take is limited (for example, at DD's school, she could take one sophomore year and three or four junior year), so it would not have been possible to take the eight tests required for the AP National Scholar award (unless she self-studied, of course).</p>