Ask Test Masters – Do I Have to Take AP Exams to Get Into College?

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Today’s Ask Test Masters question comes from Curious Mama. She writes

If a child doesn’t take AP courses, and instead takes the classes that are offered generally by the school for that grade, and receives a 3.5 gpa or higher, is a varsity athlete and has volunteer/work efforts to add to their resume, are they “good enough” to get into a 4 year university? Or is is true you have to go the all AP route to get in?


By no means are students expected to take AP courses if they don’t feel comfortable in them! Though schools like Harvard do expect you to complete as many AP courses as possible, less competitive schools such as your local or state university will not expect you to take as many. Of course, if you think you can do well in AP classes, go for them, as they’ll certainly give you a leg up on your application, but maintaining good grades in “regular” classes will certainly get you into a reputable 4 year university! In addition, your student’s participation in varsity athletics will be a huge boon when applying to colleges since that in and of itself demonstrates your student’s work ethic and dedication while also making him/her eligible for athletic scholarships. We’d suggest trying one or two AP classes to challenge yourself in high school, but if you find that AP classes aren’t your thing, don’t worry about it! Just make sure to demonstrate your high academic achievement in your other classes as well as standardized tests like the SAT or ACT, and you should be good to go!

Best of luck in the application process!

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