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Can u benefit from takin the AP test of your 1st language if u r an exchange student?

EbowyangEbowyang Posts: 2 Harvard Champion
edited May 2013 in College Admissions
For example, if I'm an international student from China and i'm currently attending high school in the states, is it ever beneficial for me to take AP Chinese test and score a five, which I definitely will? Not just looking in terms of college app, but also does a 5 on a AP language test qualify for and let me skip some general freshman class requirements?
I don't think getting a 5 for your mother tongue look that glamorous on your resume though...
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Replies to: Can u benefit from takin the AP test of your 1st language if u r an exchange student?

  • happymomof1happymomof1 Posts: 100
    edited May 2013
    The 5 might get you placed out of a foreign language requirement at the college/university you end up attending. Check the institution's policy about AP credit. You would not need to include the score on a college application at all, you could simply submit it once you enroll.
  • allyphoeallyphoe Posts: 13
    edited May 2013
    Or you could just take the placement test once you enroll.
  • kanickkanick Posts: 44 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    I would take the AP (if you don't need to pay for it)-some schools don't offer placement for all languages so you might end up taking Chinese or something else for one or two years (depending on your major/school)
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 296
    edited May 2013
    State universities in California have a minimum requirement of level 2 of high school foreign language to apply. A 5 on a foreign language AP test waives this requirement, although don't expect an admissions reader to be too impressed by a 5 in the AP test of your native or heritage language.

    You may want to check if other schools you are applying to have similar policies.

    Once in college, a 5 on a foreign language AP test may waive a foreign language requirement or reduce the number of courses needed for such a requirement, if any. Check each school's graduation requirements to see whether that applies (though many schools have department foreign language placement testing as well).
  • siliconvalleymomsiliconvalleymom Posts: 6
    edited May 2013
    If you are trying to earn the AP Scholar designation, the more high scores, the better.
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