How much weight do AP tests have on admission decisions?

<p>I know that college adcoms don't give too much weight to AP test scores since they are not required for admission, but how 'bad' would my application be if I have 4 5s, 2 4s (both in history), and one 1 (in French with a *34 associated with it, meaning the CD was unable to be read and my score was extrapolated from the reading/listening portions of the test). </p>

<p>Applying to duke, brown, upenn, Princeton, and UT austin. Just curious how those adcoms look onap test scores.</p>

<p>I think that the tests have no weight on your admissions. The only thing it does is give you college credit if the score is high enough.</p>

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Top tier colleges take them into account, but they play a minor role. After g.p.a(and taking rank into context) and S.A.T's, they look at subjected tests, then after that they look at ap exams.

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I'm not sure how valid this information is. AP scores are used essentially exclusively for granting credit. You don't even have to report your scores on most applications, and if you don't have good enough scores to get any credit (or if you don't want any credits) you don't have to ever send your report.</p>

<p>You can call and have a bad AP score expunged from your record.</p>

<p>Does it help if you get all 5s? Even if the grades aren't that good that correspond with the scores?</p>

<p>Some schools accept a high AP score as evidence of having learned at least as much material as N years of high school courses in the subject. E.g. if a school wants to see at least the third level of non-English language in high school, but an applicant takes a non-English language AP and gets a 5, that may be accepted instead for this purpose (this may occur due to the non-English language being the applicant's native language, with English being the second).</p>

<p>Can a 5 on a test justify or at least put into perspective getting less than an A in that class?</p>

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Can a 5 on a test justify or at least put into perspective getting less than an A in that class?

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<p>Doing well on the test but not well in the class suggests that either (1) the class was extremely difficult and/or graded excessively harshly; or (2) you were lazy in class. Thus, it's not likely to help you much.</p>

<p>AP scores do not matter much at all in admissions. While they may be slightly considered, their real purpose is college credit.</p>

<p>If you can't get the 1 removed from the transcript they send, don't bother sending the scores, as a 1 will probably damage you more than the 5s and 4s help you.</p>

<p>I expected that reply, I guess my 5 in AP Calc can't save my 2 B's. I took 5 AP's and Calc was especially difficult, as it was for most students at our school.</p>

<p>bearly any if at all</p>

<p>Ok thanks for all the insight! A couple things however:</p>

<p>I opted in to have my scores sent to duke, my first choice, and therefore have to report a 1 for my French test, at least for that college. </p>

<p>Also, our teacher was not very rigorous (he decided to quit teaching after this year) and I ended with a 99 average for this class. I know many CCers will cry foul at this one case of easy grading, but how will adcoms view this class?</p>

<p>Why did you send the AP scores in the first place though?</p>

<p>It's for the one free submit you receive when signing up for the AP tests, I didnt know I was going to outright fail the French test! (out class was too easy and I thought our teacher was going to teacher a French IV curriculum for a French IV class)</p>

<p>How about for Princeton?</p>

<p>"I think that the tests have no weight on your admissions. The only thing it does is give you college credit if the score is high enough. "</p>

<p>That is what the adcomms told us.</p>

<p>"I expected that reply, I guess my 5 in AP Calc can't save my 2 B's. I took 5 AP's and Calc was especially difficult, as it was for most students at our school"</p>

<p>You can self-report the 5s</p>