AP scores

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  1. mtnman17

    mtnman17 USMA Appointee 2015

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    I got my AP scores in the mail a while back and didn't really know what to do with them with regards to west point. I didn't want to pay the $15 if they wont be looked at or anything, or if they'll do me harm in admission (I got a 2 on AP calculus, and a 5 on AP US History. Only worried about them seeing the Calculus). However, I do want them to 'know' I took them and see the 5 if possible.
    I am aware that at WP you can't test out of courses, but you heard you can validate at beginning of beast. I just want to make my file as strong as possible.
     
  2. FBItomboy007

    FBItomboy007 Member

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    AP scores will not help you for admission (they told us at SLS they wouldn't even look at them) but a current cadet told me it is to your advantage to send them at the end of senior year, with all of your scores, because it can help you validate courses. I would definitely send them if I were you, but would wait until you get in and send all of them at once. No sense in paying $15 twice!
     
  3. bcom

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    Based on what I have seen, you don't even have to take any AP classes to get into Westpoint. It seems to be an inside secret?
     
  4. AKH

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    That doesn't mean avoid AP/IB classes. Admissions wants to see a candidate taking the hardest and most challenging classes available to them.
     
  5. aglages

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    What have you "seen"? Certainly if your high school doesn't offer AP/IB classes then the USMA won't penalize you for that, but I do think they expect you to at least take some AP/IB classes if they are offered. Of course I could be (and often am) mistaken, so I'd sure appreciate someone educating me on any inside secrets to admissions to the SAs.
     
  6. Iwheel

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    I know they look at your class ranking more than GPA.
    In many schools, taking AP's helps your class ranking (if you don't fail them).

    About the use of AP credit. I don't see ANY use. Validating a basic course will only move you into a more challenging course--You cannot turn it into a free time slot. :frown:
    USMA program is already hard enough before you push it further. Besides special requirements, why validate? :eek:
     
  7. jtoye

    jtoye NAPS '12 appointee

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    At my hs our weighted GPA is used to determine class rank. Since AP classes are weighted on a scale to 6.0 it is hard to have a high class rank without taking them. If AP courses are offered and you can do well in them it is beneficial to take them.
     

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