AP Scores

SAhopeful123

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Does anyone know if the academies take into account AP scores? If so, is it fine to have you scores on your transcript or do you need to send an official report from College Board?
Thanks in advance.
 

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So for USMA there is a link on the portal that says upload. From there you can upload a pdf of your AP scores. I am not sure about the others.
 

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USNA takes a number of factors into account regarding validating courses. First and foremost is how you perform on their placement/validation exams during Plebe Summer. Officially, scoring well on AP exams does not guarantee you will receive credit at USNA, but I think (depending on the score of your validation exam) they can help make the difference.

My daughter validated 8 classes and she did not score a 5 on all those AP exams. And she had a 'strange' conversation about Chem II, where they actually asked her if she wanted to take it or not (I am thinking her validation score for Chem II was very close to what they were looking for and she did score well on her AP Chem exam) She took Modern Chemistry which fundamentally is Chem II, but it has a different course # than Chem II.

The program is 47 months. The service academies will give you the opportunity to validate, but they want to make sure the foundation is there - especially math/science, so they are not incentivized to approve validation unless they are very comfortable you are ready for the next level course.
 

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Can anyone give some insight on how the validation exams are administered? I've heard from some that the exams are taken online.

And if anyone knows, how hard is the physics validation exam? I'm currently taking AP Physics Mechanics.
 
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Can anyone give some insight on how the validation exams are administered? I've heard from some that the exams are taken online.

And if anyone knows, how hard is the physics validation exam? I'm currently taking AP Physics Mechanics.
When I went on a CVW my mid talked about this. He said that most test were administered over Plebe summer. But he was able to take a Calc test before I-day online. Im sure there are others to.
 

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Does anyone know if the academies take into account AP scores? If so, is it fine to have you scores on your transcript or do you need to send an official report from College Board?
Thanks in advance.
By all means pay the few extra dollars to have official AP scores sent to USNA admissions.

And be sure to keep USNA updated with all of your awards, athletic accomplishments and extra-curricular/community service activities throughout the entire year. Your goal is to stand out. Now is not the time to hide your light under a basket.
 

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Our regional BGO coordinator mentioned college classes > AP courses. Did I misinterpret that?
 

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If your goal has always been to attend the Naval Academy, why weren't your scores sent there after you took the exam? Otherwise, you just have to pay the fee to send your scores
 

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If your goal has always been to attend the Naval Academy, why weren't your scores sent there after you took the exam? Otherwise, you just have to pay the fee to send your scores
Many students prefer to see the scores before blindly sending them.
 

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In which case, there is a fee to send them to the academy. Unfortunately it's pretty steep if you take 5 or more a year. I honestly don't know if the academy will take scores by a fax of a score sheet, but I would doubt it because it would difficult to verify the score without an official report.
 

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Can anyone give some insight on how the validation exams are administered? I've heard from some that the exams are taken online.

And if anyone knows, how hard is the physics validation exam? I'm currently taking AP Physics Mechanics.
For those accepted their appointments, they will receive the Permit To Report package in April (within weeks for those accepting appointments in and after April). Inside, there will be a letter from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs stating the details of the what and how about "validation". It starts with a survey of what courses you have taken so far, and yes, some will be taken online.

I'd recommend just continue what you are currently doing in school and the details will be arriving in less than two months. Then follow the instructions carefully and you will be good to go!
 

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By all means pay the few extra dollars to have official AP scores sent to USNA admissions.

And be sure to keep USNA updated with all of your awards, athletic accomplishments and extra-curricular/community service activities throughout the entire year. Your goal is to stand out. Now is not the time to hide your light under a basket.
How do you keep them updated if certain parts of your application are submitted?
 

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How do you keep them updated if certain parts of your application are submitted?
Send an email or snail mail to admissions with a concise cover letter requesting information be added to your admissions file. Be sure to include your candidate number on all correspondence, and supporting evidence (e.g. copy of an award certificate, official track scores from a meet, etc.). It's time to take off the gloves. Good luck!
 
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