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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Admissions 101: How many AP courses should I take?


(Marvin Joseph - The Washington Post)
One knowledgeable education consultant who had previously worked in college admission offices wrote to say I was wrong to say that students only need to take three to five AP or IB courses and tests, and that any more gives them no advantage. She said she knows of colleges that do keep score, and if you take eight APs, you have a better chance of admission than if you take just four.

I rechecked with some of the admission officers I trust, and they said I was right. But I haven't checked with everyone. What is your experience in this area? If you are a counselor or admissions officer, have you seen colleges give preference to a student who has an amazing ton of APs, as opposed to one who just has a healthy amount, three to five?

Which policy makes sense to you?

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