I'm from Bulgaria, a small country in Eastern Europe. Our educational system is quite different from yours. Our schools don't calculate GPA and don't offer AP courses. Does not having APs put me in a disadvantage, as I'm going to apply to top US colleges?
The difficulty for me in taking APs is this: there are, indeed, a couple of schools in the capital that offer AP courses/ classes, but I live far away from there and I don't have time to travel regularly to the capital.
Would it be a problem if I self-study for AP exams? Which are the best AP English Literature Books? The Princeton Review book?
Also, I have very strong extracurricular accomplishments. I have won many national literature competitions (and one international). I had my debut fantasy novel and a few of my short stories published. I don't really have time to prepare for AP exams because writing and school coursework take up most of my time. I'm going to take the New SAT and two SAT II Subject Tests this year. If I score in the top 90th percentile, do I need APs at all?