Question: Is My AP Score Good Enough?
Students who take the AP exam will get a score ranging from 1 to 5. The College Board defines the numbers as follows:
- 5 - Extremely well qualified to receive college credit
- 4 - Well qualified to receive college credit
- 3 - Qualified to receive college credit
- 2 - Possibly qualified to receive college credit
- 1 - No recommendation to receive college credit
- 5 - "A"
- 4 - "B"
- 3 - "C"
- 2 - "D"
- 1 - "F"
- 5 - 14.3% of test takers
- 4 - 19.9% of test takers
- 3 - 24.7% of test takers
- 2 - 22.2% of test takers
- 1 - 18.8% of test takers
Now for the bad news: Although the College Board defines a 2 as "possibly qualified" to receive college credit, almost no college will accept a score of 2. In fact, most selective colleges will not accept a 3 for college credit.
In the majority of cases, a student who scores a 4 or 5 will receive college credit. In rare cases, a school may require a 5. The exact guidelines vary from college to college, and they often vary from department to department within a college. At Hamilton College, for example, a student can receive credit for a 3 in Latin, but a 5 is required in Economics.
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