I screwed up on my APs

<p>Hi, well I am a student with an over 4.0 GPA and with decent SAT scores, Bio-740, Math IIC- expected 770+. and SAT I- expected 2200+. </p>

<p>BUT my APs are pretty bad...I got a 3 on AP Bio and Psych, and a 2 on Chem. I dont even think these scores reflect the best of my ability (I was just extremely nervous) </p>

<p>Will these scores greatly hurt my chances of getting into UCs (UCLA, UC Berkely) , Stanford, and other prestigious East Coast Schools. </p>

<p>Im feeling pretty down right now...</p>

<p>They won't hurt you, you don't even have to report them on your application.</p>

<p>You'll be fine. AP scores are MOSTLY for use of placement purposes and getting out of general requirements.</p>

<p>I don't think it will hurt you. You do have to report them on the UC app, but from what an admissions officer at Berkeley said, if you don't do well, that's fine--it won't hurt you; but if you did do well, it's "brownie points."</p>

<p>AP scores are strictly for College Credit purposes. They have no affect on your admission....</p>

<p>Princeton asks you to list them, and if you don't, it'll look greatly suspicious. Nevertheless, the other colleges you listed don't ask for them.</p>



<p>If colleges don't ask for them, don't send them. They will only confuse admissions officers as to your intelligence. However, if there were extenuating circumstances, illness, etc., then you might want to explain that/have your teachers/counselor explain that in your reccs.</p>

<p>huge effect? i've always been told it was a small effect. minusculy small.</p>

<p>I agree--the general consensus (among students and adcoms who have spoken on this issue) is that they would have a small effect at best.</p>

<p>AP scores are usually considered AFTER your GPA and SAT/ACT, with your GPA amounting the most, so i suggest you stop worrying</p>

<p>no no, u've proved ureself w/ sat ii scores and classes, u'll be so fine!
Don't worry about it! for hyps they might affect it a teeeeensie bit. but probably not even.</p>

<p>AP scores are insignificant in admission.</p>

<p>That's not what I've heard, but if it's how you want to do it, it's your life.</p>

<p>@Ealgian: The thing is, the OP has ALREADY messed up his APs and it's not like he can really retake them so why worry SO much about it?</p>

<p>I do see one possible negative of either reporting your low scores or not reporting any scores: Since there is a wide range in the rigor of AP courses from school to school, the AP test is the standardized format that colleges use to gauge your understanding of the material. Not taking or scoring low on AP tests may send up a red flag to AOs, particularly at the most competitive colleges.</p>

<p>Please understand that I'm not saying that this will happen, I have no inside knowledge or sources, I'm just relating one scenario. Since AP scores are self-reported and official scores are not sent until after matriculation, it's really hard to say how much emphasis is placed on them in the context of the entire application.</p>

<p>740 SAT Bio but a 3?</p>

<p>i dont really get why you would be nervous?</p>

<p>lol me neither, how did you do so badly on your aps in the first place? the curves are HUGE!</p>



<p>In my last comment I wasn't addressing ZorroX99. Why do you "worry SO much about it?"</p>

<p>So what if you dont send your AP scores to your college? If they have such a "huge effect" ,according to you Ealgian, then you would be basically rejected. Is that what your trying to say?</p>

<p>It won't hurt you. Don't worry.</p>

<p>And btw, I agree that AP scores aren't really significant in admissions.</p>