Q&A Reporting Low AP Scores

If I got a 2 on an AP exam and decide to take the exam again next year, how do ivy leagues view that. Should I just keep my 2 instead of retaking?

All AP exam scores are self-reported. That means that in the standardized testing section of the CommonApp, you choose which (if any) AP exam scores you’d like to include. Colleges will not receive reports of your exam scores until you are committed to a particular college. Say you took 4 AP courses and 4 AP exams by the time you are applying to college and earned scores of 5, 4, 3, and 2. You could choose to report just the 5, the 5 and 4, or any other sort of combination.

Most admissions officers say that AP scores don’t carry weight in the admissions process (though that policy is different at some test-flexible schools). However, I see no reason why you wouldn’t report great scores and why you would report non-passing scores (2 and 1). My advice to you would be to not report a 2 on the CommonApp. Colleges won’t penalize you for not reporting the score. Likely, they will simply assume you took an AP class but chose not to take the exam.

As for retaking an exam, that shouldn’t carry any weight in terms of admission. If you are a junior now and plan on retaking the exam so that you can include the improved score on your application, then that is completely fine, albeit probably unnecessary. If you earn a higher score, feel free to report that one and not the prior one. AP exam scores become most important once you choose to attend a given college. Then, the question becomes whether or not you will receive credit for the scores you earned. Take a look at various colleges’ AP exam score policies to get an idea.