AP scores and med schools

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  1. nero

    nero Senior Member

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    Hey, I was wondering if you all had any problems with using AP scores for any of the science requirements. I am planning on using scores for Chemistry II and Calculus. What schools have a problem with this, and what schools are OK with this?

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    Nero
     
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  3. imtiaz

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    ive been riding my AP biology credit all this time, and im doing fine. i havent taken any biology in college, except for biochemistry. ive yet to be accepted though, but im interviewing. check back in a few months and ill tell you how it turned out for me :)
     
  4. Papa Smurf

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    I'd take the core classes at the undergraduate level anyway just to be on the safe side. Especially if you plan on being a non-science major. Some schools are really strict about AP credit, like MCW. I took the AP Chem exam (guessed on half the questions), somehow got a 5, then found out some med schools will accept AP credit, but want you to take upper level courses in that subject. So I said screw it, and just took gen chem in college. If I hadn't, I would've been screwed over by some schools. Same deal with Calc.
     
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    Contact schools you are interested in. Some DEFINITELY allow it and there isn't any point in doing work you don't have to. Your score doesn't matter to med schools at all, BTW, it's how much credit your undergrad gave you.
     
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    Listen to Papi Smurf, he is right. Some med schools will not accept AP credits and make you take an upper level course (biochem would count). Most bio majors would have to take that anyway, but if you change your major later on to non-science like me, you could potentially get screwed without the core science credit earned in college. Med schools want to see how you compare in those subjects with others in college-level courses.

    It will be hard for you to contact the schools you are intested in, because I didn't know until October of my junior year what those were. Better to be on the safe side--take an upper level science course or retake the course you got AP credit for in college.
     
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    DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT take these classes over as some of the above posters mentioned. I had AP credit for Calc I and Biology I and II and labs. The ONLY school that I applied to that gave me a remote problem was Medical College of Wisconsin like the above poster mentioned. And there if you take an upper level class it fulfills their requirements instead.

    Honestly the schools that have freaky rules like that are very few and far between. And like in the case of MCW you can use upper level credit instead and even take the upper level class later on if you realize you really want a certain school.

    Having AP credit and using it was a great decision and made my life a ton easier and I am thankful to have been accepted 3 schools so far.
     
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    ok I stand corrected. <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> Listen to megkudos.

    I never had AP credits to transfer so I don't really have experience in this situation. Best adice is to check with the schools just to make sure.
     
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    Maybe Penn State, but I applied last year.
     
  10. nero

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    One of my top choices is U of Miami, but they require a grade for all the basic sciences. I have taken 3 4000 level chem courses. Do you all think I should retake it or just not apply to Miami?

    Nero
     
  11. kristyTSU

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    I have AP credit for calc I and II and also for physics I. When I was getting ready to apply, I called every school I thought I might be interested in (I spent a LONG day on the phone :) ) to ask whether or not AP credit would be accepted. Most of the people I talked to had an answer for me...I got the impression that it is a common question. Most of the schools said it was fine, as long as the class I received credit for was listed on my transcript. However, I was also told by several schools, very nicely, that no AP credit at all would be accepted for pre-reqs. I wrote them all down, so here's a list as of last June :
    Does not accept any AP:Boston University, Columbia, SLU, Yale
    AP is fine:Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, GW, JHU, Colorado, Northwestern, UPenn, Rochester, Stanford, Tulane, Wash U
    This is just what I was told over the phone, so the list is not definite by any means! I have been accepted without taking any AP credit over again. Hope this helps!
     
  12. megkudos

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    Nero- I would contact the school directly, since you have the upper level classes they might make an exception for you (Med schools do waive requirement stuff in some cases). If they say they won't it's really a personal decision of how important the school is to you. Personally I don't think I would take the classes for one school. Screw them! But you have to decide what's best for you.

    Yeah...sorry I didn't mean to come across as harsh in my above post there guys:) I would check out certain schools if you know where you are interested to see if they have weird rules like that, cuz it would be best not to wait of course. In my personal experience it wasn't a problem, but alas I did not apply to every school there is:) Good luck :)
     
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    i think they have a spot on the AMCAS application for AP units. i, of course, didn't realize that since the online application this past year was so messed up. i was surprised when my committee letter writer asked me if i had any AP units so that she could include them in my letter.
     
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    THE SIMPLE GUIDE TO THE APs.
    AP English is very often not accepted for the pre-reqs. AP Calc is 99.9% accepted for the pre-reqs. AP Bio, AP Chem, and AP Physics is accepted for the pre-reqs if you take a higher level science course.
     

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