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Does a Good AP Exam Score Make Up for A Bad Class Grade?

Question: Does a good AP test score make up for a low grade, like a C or D, in that AP class? How will this situation affect the admissions process?

While a good score on an AP exam is obviously always a plus, admission officials will wonder why you did poorly in the class itself but learned enough to be successful on the test. A brief explanationâ€"if there is one (e.g., “I missed two weeks of school due to mono and had trouble catching up”)â€"can be submitted with your applications. You can also ask your counselor to include this in his or her recommendation.

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