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Will It Hurt My Admission Odds to Skip Some AP Exams?

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I'm in an accelerated program that relies heavily on AP classes -- students usually take 11 or 12 APs throughout high school. I have five AP classes this year (11th grade) and we're encouraged but not required to take the tests. I'm interested primarily in selective liberal arts colleges that are less likely to offer meaningful credit, although I understand the potential credit and placement benefits from good scores. My question is about how admissions officers view students who take AP classes but don't take all of the exams. Would it matter if I only took three or four exams, even if I'm in five classes? I've taken three AP exams and done well in my first two years, if it matters.


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