How many APs recommended?

joshhh117

New Member
Hi i just wanted to ask how many APs i need to take to be academically accepted into the Naval Academy. I'm currently a sophomore and i'm only taking AP Computer Science and i'm planning to take AP Computer Science, AP Calculus AB and AP Physics 1 next year (already approved by my science and math teachers), and in 12th grade i will take AP Macro, AP Chem, AP Calc BC, AP Comp sci again (unless there is AP Government i can take instead), and i will try to get my grade adviser to let me take AP Stats and AP Environmental Science out of school but i don't know if that's overwhelming.

I know it isn't a crazy amount but i'm just gonna stick with a couple and get A's or high B's in them instead of overloading myself and getting C's or even low B's.

Do i still have a good shot at SAs?
Also, please don't say "They want a student that can juggle a lot of things". I want to know the academic standard for acceptance, not an annoying cliche.
Thanks
 

Kierkegaard

Member
I think you are correct. Take as many as you can while still doing well. I'd also think that the most important ones to take are calc, physics, and chem.
 

joshhh117

New Member
I think you are correct. Take as many as you can while still doing well. I'd also think that the most important ones to take are calc, physics, and chem.
Ok good thanks thats helpful to know, thought that i was the only one that thought those were the classes they want.
 

Old Navy BGO

5-Year Member
There are many threads about AP and "rigorous" high school on this Forum. There is no black and white answer, but the advice to challenge yourself, focus on STEM courses, and do well is good. Don't take AP courses just to collect tickets...

I want to know the academic standard for acceptance, not an annoying cliche.
You are not going to get that here, or anywhere else...First, USNA does not publish the formula for their WCS and does not publish what is "qualifying". More importantly, you have to understand this is a competitive process ...even if you meet the minimum qualification and get the coveted "Q", you are still competing within the various nomination pools. In other words, if you have two otherwise identical candidates , and one has 6 APs course, and the other 5 ..guess who will get the Appointment. (Of course the " otherwise identical" candidate doesn't exist--there are alot of factors that go into the evaluation and WCS)
 

0302grnt

Member
Agree with the above. I would had that it is a good idea to take AP English Literature and Composition too, if you can handle it with your STEM schedule.
 

joshhh117

New Member
There are many threads about AP and "rigorous" high school on this Forum. There is no black and white answer, but the advice to challenge yourself, focus on STEM courses, and do well is good. Don't take AP courses just to collect tickets...

I want to know the academic standard for acceptance, not an annoying cliche.
You are not going to get that here, or anywhere else...First, USNA does not publish the formula for their WCS and does not publish what is "qualifying". More importantly, you have to understand this is a competitive process ...even if you meet the minimum qualification and get the coveted "Q", you are still competing within the various nomination pools. In other words, if you have two otherwise identical candidates , and one has 6 APs course, and the other 5 ..guess who will get the Appointment. (Of course the " otherwise identical" candidate doesn't exist--there are alot of factors that go into the evaluation and WCS)
So you're saying that we basically have to be lucky that there aren't any better students in our district?
 

joshhh117

New Member
Agree with the above. I would had that it is a good idea to take AP English Literature and Composition too, if you can handle it with your STEM schedule.
Might take an AP English in 12th if there is one, but for now i'm just gonna stick with honors.
 

joshhh117

New Member
So you're saying that we basically have to be lucky that there aren't any better students in our district?
Not lucky, competitive.
I understand that, but if you ace 20 AP's and another person in your district aces 21, obviously that's poor luck on my part. 20 AP's is already competitive but when you don't know if anyone else did better, its a matter of luck that no one did better than you.
 
It's really not luck at all. In reality, you're competing against yourself first to be as prepared as possible for not only the admissions process but the academy itself. Comparing yourself to other candidates only serves as a baseline and you do your very best then wait.

The whole candidate score balances out your scenario of 20/21 AP classes. The WCS is a complex formula that you can't quantify. Just do your best.
 

joshhh117

New Member
It's really not luck at all. In reality, you're competing against yourself first to be as prepared as possible for not only the admissions process but the academy itself. Comparing yourself to other candidates only serves as a baseline and you do your very best then wait.

The whole candidate score balances out your scenario of 20/21 AP classes. The WCS is a complex formula that you can't quantify. Just do your best.
gotcha thx
 
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