Issue 13: A 3-Year Bachelor’s, Robots Taking Over College Admissions
Exclusive Insider Interview: Associate Director of Admission, Lynn University
One of the aspects that we always see on applications is the cliché essays, telling us what they think we want to hear. But what we really want to hear is what the student is telling us about themselves. I think with such an ever changing market and just so many issues occurring today, some of the best character examples I can think of is when students write about when they have to come out to their families and that it wasn’t easy for them. Or I remember recently reviewing an application for a student and we had a chance to meet at her home state and I asked “Hey, what’s your biggest fear?” She told me “My parents getting deported, so that’s how I try to work as hard as I can and as fast as I can as long as so I can to truly set up the right future for me and my family.” Those are going to be the students that become difference makers.”
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Dear Socrates Q&A
“How do AP scores factor into getting credit in university?”
Hey Ritesh, Great question! Most students know that taking AP courses and excelling in them show colleges you’re ready for college-level academics. Many students don’t know how AP courses actually function once you’re in college. I’m happy to walk you through that today and help our readers learn along the way.
First, the basics. What is an AP course? A college-level academic course given to high schoolers with the option of passing a national examination at the end of the course to earn college credit.
If your school does not offer an AP course, you can still take the AP exam in May. You will likely have to find another high school that offers the exam, register for the exam, and self-study. If you self-study and do well on the exam, you will have the option of taking fewer classes to graduate college (and graduating earlier) or skipping intro-level classes (and advancing quicker to upper-level, specialized college classes). If you only take the AP class at school and do not take the nationally-administered AP exam at the end of the school year, you will not earn any college credit. Please keep this in mind.
I did this as a high schooler. I self-studied for an AP test that my high school did not offer, drove an hour to another high school to take the exam, earned a 5, and used that credit to fulfill college graduation requirements after I got into Northwestern.
The test is graded on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest. A score of 3 is considered passing and equates to earning a C on an intro-level college course. Most colleges, however, will only grant you credit for scores of 4 or 5. Highly selective, rigorous colleges will only grant credit or allow you to skip over intro-level courses with a score of 5. Some schools will even grant waivers for scores of 1 or 2, permitting you to skip over those classes simply because you attempted (and failed) the AP exam. These are typically state schools.
How do you figure out how each of the colleges on your list will recognize your AP scores? Will you get any credit for the AP exams you passed? Should you aim for a 3 because you’ll get the same college credits as your peers who earned a 5?
I’ll answer that below.
First, I’ll walk you all through my personal experience and then do a case study using different schools as an example.
- Are we due for a massive college rankings overhaul?
- Will robots replace humans as admissions officers and application readers?
- Is the Ivy League hype causing school administrators to undergo unethical practices to get their students in?
- Should applicants still hide their social media profiles from admission officers?