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AP Score Distribution, By Exam, for 2013, 2012, 2011
Students, parents and teachers are often surprised to learn that AP Exams are not scored on a typical bell-shaped curve. During recent years pass rates (scores of “3” or higher) ranged from >80% on BC Calculus (between 45% and 50% of students typically receive a “5”) to ~50% on many of the history, social sciences, and English exams. On the AP Human Geography Exam “1” was the most popular grade in 2011, 2012 and 2013, with about 30% of students earning the lowest possible score…..
Recommendations for Recommendations
Many colleges will require two or three recommendations from high school teachers, coaches, guidance counselors or others who know you in an academic, extra-curricular or leadership capacity. Admissions officers rely on letters of recommendation to round out and confirm their picture of you as a candidate.
Recalculating Your GPA for College Admission
Many colleges recalculate your academic GPA (grade point average) using a 4.0 scale, and then add bonus points for AP, IB, AICE, dual enrollment/college and honors classes to arrive at a modified GPA or HPA (honors point average). While each college has its own methodology, and some schools share the “formula” with prospective applicants…..
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Composing Your College Admissions Resume
Unlike a professional resume, where the reader is generally looking for skills, education and experience, colleges (and the people who will write your recommendations, interview you and evaluate you for scholarships) are more interested in your scholastic and other achievements, awards, activities, athletics, leadership, community service, special talents and how you spent your time during high school.
High School Resume Action Words and Tips
The following words can be helpful when describing your extracurricular activities, awards and achievements and volunteer service.