should I put down my AP score of 3?

<p>I took 3 AP tests as a junior:
5 on AP Lang+Comp
4 on APUSH
3 on chem</p>

<p>I'm applying to pretty competitive schools, and my GPA/ACT are both pretty good. </p>

<p>Should I put the 3 on AP chem on the common app? Or just not include it? A 3 correlates to being "qualified" in college, but I'm still not sure if that will look bad if I'm applying to top notch colleges like Notre Dame.</p>

<p>I want to go to medical school, and I got a C+ in my AP Chem class. The C+/AP score of 3 will definitely be the only blemish on my application. I hate using it as an excuse, but there were special circumstances during the 1st semester of my junior year (when I took AP chem) that affected my grades (which I will need to put on commonapp, not sure where though). Will this significantly hurt my chances of getting into colleges like ND and eventually med school? </p>

<p>Thanks again for your input</p>

<p>The college's specific website will often tell you which AP scores correlate to which college credit. So you should probably take a look and search for such a page.</p>

<p>If there isn't one, then I would not report the score. In very many cases, a 3 will not get you credit. And Chem being a science, which often is simply a 4 or 5 to get credit, will probably not net you credit with a 3. But, I could be wrong.</p>

<p>Rather, take the opportunity to explain why you got the C+ on your application.</p>

<p>Just my opinion but I would report the 3 b/c I think it would look a little strange to some colleges if you took AP Chem. but didn't report the score-they may just automatically assume you got a 2 or 1. Also, there is an "additional info." section on CommonApp where you can report special circumstances.</p>

<p>I also think an unreported score will be assumed to be a 1 or a 2. Better to report a 3.</p>

<p>In any case, AP scores to do factor into admissions much at all.</p>

<p>If you are going to go premed, you will want to take the basic Chem courses at college and not skip right to the 200 level - so that Chem AP credit might not be worth accepting.</p>