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PartyNextDoorPartyNextDoor Registered User Posts: 531 Member
I'm going to apply to a couple of UK unis through the Common App. So on the Common App since we have the choice to decide which scores to send, does that mean that I don't need to include all of my AP scores?

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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 5,736 Senior Member
    Read the fine print for each university that you are planning to apply to. Most *require* all your scores. UK students do not get a choice: their scores are automatically sent to UCAS (UK version of Common App). Guessing that you have some scores that you don't want them to know about- if you have the scores you need it's unlikely to be a problem if you have some duds (so if the uni wants 4s on 3 APs, with one of them being in english b/c that is what you are applying to study, and you have 4s in Lit, Lang and USH, plus a 2 in math, they won't care about the 2).

    Also, whatever you put on the Common App you may still have to send official score reports for the scores they care about once you have an offer.
  • PartyNextDoorPartyNextDoor Registered User Posts: 531 Member
    So I have a 2 in a science, and the reason that I don't want to include it is because I'm applying to American colleges as well. At the same time though, I have a 680 on the subject test for that same subject.

    Also, because we have to pay for AP exams, I have only taken 5 AP exams, scoring a 3 3 4 5, along with that 2.
    But, I surpass their GPA, SAT, and SAT II requirements. So, do you think they may offer me a conditional offer?

    Secondly, I want to major in Econ, and I have not taken the Econ AP Exams. I will self-study because Econ is not a course at my school. So my question is, what AP exams do I need to take for Econ? I have found info about what AP Exams to take for the IR program, but couldn't find anything for Economics. I assume Calculus AB and BC, and Micro and Macro will be all that is needed?

    When I researched the compulsory subjects for King's College (The other UK college I'm applying to), I saw that they wanted Mathematics and at least one Humanities for their Econ and Management program. So I got a 5 on Calc AB and a 4 on US Government and Politics, as well as a 730 on Math II. Do you think these courses carry over for St. A's compulsory requirements too?
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 5,736 Senior Member
    You've done good homework :-)

    You are right that Econ is very mathy

    For Kings you need some combination of 5s & 650+, to include math and a humanity. You have the 5 (calc), a 680 (science), so you need a 5 / 650 in a humanity (the 4 won't do). Do you have that?

    For St As, you have a 5, a 680 and a 4, which meets their stated requirements.

    St As *definitely* asks for ALL scores, so my suggestion is to go through UCAS instead of the Common App. It is very very straightforward: 1 app- 1 fee, 1 essay, 1 recommendation- for up to 5 UK courses.

    Not counting St As (which is an outlier in the UK system), UK universities care most about those 3 test scores, then your personal statement (essay) and rec.

    Be sure to read the course descriptions very very carefully, St A's is probably the most flexible programme in the UK, but even there you have many fewer choices than in the US. Kings is quite stringent- if you look here you will see your classes for all three years - note that there are NO choices in 1st year.

    Don't worry too much about macro & micro- they don't expect it and don't weight it much (the two together add up to 1 AP)- but it is a good way to demonstrate that you have some idea of what the subject is about. That is important in the UK, where they expect you to have a well-articulated reason for wanting to do that particular course!

  • PartyNextDoorPartyNextDoor Registered User Posts: 531 Member
    @collegemom3717 Thank you so much for your help. I've actually asked my guidance counselor if I should submit UCAS, but she insisted that I stick with Common App. What I may do then is submit the Common App first for the two UK unis and include the AP score of 2, and then remove the AP score and resubmit the Common App to American colleges.

    For King's College, I do not have a 5/650 in a Humanities. What I will do then is take a US History Subject test on November 7th and submit my applications before Christmas Break.

    Also, I ideally would like to defer a year if I were to get accepted to St. A's, but it seems they are very strict about that, although not as much at King's.

    So, I will apply this year, and if I were to get accepted to A's but decide not to attend, when I reapply after a gap year will they usually see that negatively or not care about that?

    Again, thank you very much for your help.
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 5,736 Senior Member
    Gap years are not a negative, but some unis (St A's among them) have been cutting down on the numbers, in part b/c it throws off their counts so much and in part b/c for some subjects (and for many students) there is a loss of learning & momentum. If you are doing a gap year & reapplying you will want your marks to be a little stronger (ie, more than the minimum) and to do something that looks like a credible learning / growing experience (ideally one that plays into the subject area you are applying to study).

  • PartyNextDoorPartyNextDoor Registered User Posts: 531 Member
    edited September 2015
    @collegemom3717 Makes sense thank you. I will be taking 6 AP Exams this year so hopefully that helps.

    Also, I have a question about fees. I emailed both schools about fees, and they said that fees are based on residency. I was born in the EU, and while I have lived in the US for the past 7 years and my mom pays taxes here. However, my situation may be slightly different because my dad still lives in a EU country and currently pays taxes there.

    So, would I pay international fees or domestic fees?
  • Conformist1688Conformist1688 Registered User Posts: 1,039 Senior Member
    I would think probably international as you yourself are living with your mother abroad, but the only sure answer is to ask the colleges how they would regard your situation.
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 5,736 Senior Member
    Re: fees- almost certainly there will be a fee status review. If your Dad can/will demonstrate that he is supporting you, you *might* be able to come in under his residency and be eligible for EU fees.

    I will caution you, though, that some unis- and imo, St A's is one of them- are very welcoming to internationals b/c of the extra fees that they bring. If you do really well on your APs (and apologies if I am misinterpreting from your earlier post, but it sounded as if you did well on the one that you thought mattered and blew off the others), you should be in good shape anyway- just know that it is likely to raise the bar.
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