Preparing for College

Sending AP Scores to Colleges in Advance of Applications

Question: I am a high school junior planning to apply Early Action at Princeton this fall. So far I have taken 4 AP exams (Human Geography, US History, Psychology, Statistics) and scored a 5 on each of them. I am taking 5 more exams this year (Micro and Macro Economics, Calc AB, English Language, and Biology) and feel pretty confident on how I will perform on each of them. Should I send my scores to Princeton this May? If I do this, will my scores be assessed with my application even though the schools will receive them before I apply? Or should I send my scores later this year, around when I send my final SAT scores? Thank you!

Your AP scores require no “Advanced Placement” in admission offices. ;-) That is, it is not necessary to have your AP exam scores sent to Princeton officially (.i.e, directly from the College Board) until you have determined that you will matriculate there. You will be asked to report your scores yourself on your applications. Once you have determined where you will enroll---whether it's Princeton or elsewhere--you will need to order score reports for that college, if you expect to earn credit for your AP results.

For future reference: If you were to send any materials (e.g., recommendations, test scores) to colleges where you have not yet formally applied, the admission staff will keep these materials in a general file until your application comes in. Once an application and fee (or fee waiver) arrives and a staff member opens a file on a candidate, he or she will check to see if this new candidate has materials waiting in the general file.

(posted 4/6/2011)