You might have heard your friends or teachers talking about the AP “perfect score” and that one should be extremely lucky to get such scores. So, what is the deal with these “perfect scores” and what does it mean for you?
What are AP Test Perfect Scores?
AP test scores are usually given in the range of 1 – 5, 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. These are composite scores of the raw scores from MCQs and free-response questions, which means they have no direct substitution for the number of questions you got right.
On the other hand, a perfect AP score is based on the raw marks, so, if you have answered all the questions correctly only then you get the perfect score. In short, your maximum marks ( both in MCQ and free-response ) are your AP perfect score.
Is it necessary to get a perfect score?
You may already be worried about scoring a 5 in the subject, which is comprehensible but worrying about perfect scores should remain your last concern.
Because there is absolutely no requirement of scoring full on full here! Yes, you will achieve a 5 if you score a perfect score but the truth is that you will also be able to achieve a 5 without getting all the answers correct. And the only valid score that is taken into consideration is from that range up to 5 and not your raw score, in fact, the raw score doesn’t even appear in the mark list!
There is no need to waste your money and effort on something that has no return value. Unless you need a reason to be cocky around your neighborhood and friends or just show off for college application. It is indeed a huge deal to get such kind of marks because of the rarity, but never necessary.
Here is a table to show you the chances of achieving a perfect score from AP test score 2021
|AP Subject||Perfect Scores||Test Takers||% 5s|
|Comparative Govt and Politics||2||17,750||17%|
|Computer Science A||345||63,980||25%|
|Comp Sci Principles||281||102,610||13%|
|English Lang & Comp||11||476,735||8%|
|US Gov and Politics||31||260,941||11%|
Before you continue with the table, also remember to keep in mind that even if you score one mark less than the total marks, you wouldn’t be informed. There is no rule in AP to show the raw scores, it is only in cases like perfect scores they inform the school via the board to the student of the extraordinary attempt.
Say you scored a 149/150 and your friend scored 150/150, only your friend would be noticed and instructed.
|Physics 1: Algebra||4||136,238||7%|
|Physics 2: Algebra||1||18,449||15%|
|Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism||2||19,944||33%|
|Physics C: Mechanics||2||48,171||23%|
|Studio Art 2-D Design||152||34,481||19%|
|Studio Art 3-D Design||46||4,568||7%|
|Studio Art Drawing||219||18,907||14%|
|United States History||6||399,676||11%|
Now you may have understood the unimportance of such an effort considering the rarity and difficulty.
This article has no intention to demotivate you but to show you the better path, even students who scored a perfect score never aimed at having one.
Here is what Marvin Li (2019 ) one of the perfect scorers has to say about the achievement, “Coming out of the exam I felt prepared like I had gotten a four or five but I was very surprised by my results”.
”I looked at two AP review books, reread the material, and did practice tests. “My teacher, Mr. Magaha, was also a great help in terms of AP preparation. He taught us how to format the essays, how to work through multiple choice questions, and what material to review.”
There might not be a particular need to set your goal that high if there is a possibility of exhausting yourself, because it may not be worth it. But if you are going for it, go with full strength because there is nothing wrong with dreaming big. If you are yet to find your Mr. Magaha, head over to our tychr website to get guidance for your AP tests.