AP, IB and Pre-College Credit

Advanced Placement Credit, International Baccalaureate Credit, GCSE Advanced (A) Level Examinations

The University of Pennsylvania may award credit or advanced course standing to students who have taken Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate examinations. Scores warranting University credit vary by department.

  • Matriculating students seeking credit for AP exams must have official score reports sent directly to the Registrar's office by the Educational Testing Service. See Advanced Placement chart.
  • Matriculating students seeking credit for IB exams must have official score reports sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the International Baccalaureate Organization. See International Baccalaureate chart.
  • Matriculating students seeking credit for A-Level exams must bring their original A-Level certificates to the Office of Admissions in order to have their scores evaluated for credit. See GCSE Advanced (A) Level Exam Policy chart.

Pre-College and Dual Enrollment Credit

If you have taken courses at an accredited four-year college or university during high school, the Office of Admissions will evaluate your credits the same way it evaluates credits for transfer students.  The course must correspond to or be deemed equivalent in depth and intensity to a course offered by Penn.  A grade of C or better must be earned.

We must receive a letter from your high school guidance counselor or principal verifying that the courses taken did not satisfy high school graduation requirements. Additionally, a letter from the college's registrar is required and must verify the following items in order for the credit to be deemed acceptable:

  • The course must be taught on the college campus by a member of the regular faculty.
  • It must be open to enrollment by and graded in direct competition with regularly matriculated undergraduates at the college.
  • It must be offered as part of the normal curriculum published in the college's catalogue and cannot be a distance learning course of any type.

The following policies will be in effect for students entering the University during the 2013-2014 academic year. Please note that these policies remain under ongoing review and are subject to change without notice. 

Advanced Placement

Examination Score Penn Credit Awarded
Art History 5 Waiver for ARTH 101 or ARTH 102, consult with undergraduate chair
Art (Studio) 5 no credit (possible exemptions for majors, portfolio considered)
Biology* 5 Biology 091 (1 c.u.) - no AP credit is given for laboratory work
Chemistry* 5 Chemistry 091 (1 c.u.) - no AP credit is given for laboratory work
Computer Science A 5 CIS 110 (1 c.u.) (credit for "A" or "AB" but not both exams)
Computer Science AB 5, 4 CIS 110 (1.0 c.u.) (credit for "A" or "AB" but not both exams)
Economics    
  • Micro
5 Economics 001 waiver
  • Macro
5 Economics 002 waiver
English   View more information about fulfilling the Undergraduate Writing Requirement
  • Language/Composition
5 English Free (1 c.u.)
(note: The English Freshman Free does not fulfill the college writing requirement)
  • Literature/Composition
5 English Free (1 c.u.)
(note: The English Freshman Free does not fulfill the college writing requirement)
Environmental Science 5 ENVS 200 (1 c.u.) non-majors only, majors see department
European History 5 History 041 (1 c.u.)
French Language 5 French 210 (1.cu.) (fulfills language requirement)
4 no credit (fulfills language requirement)
French Literature 5 French 220 (1.cu.) (fulfills language requirement)
4 no credit ( fulfills language requirement)
German Language 5 German 104 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
4 no credit, (fulfills language requirement)
Government and Politics   no credit
Human Geography   no credit
Italian Language and Culture 5 ITAL 210 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
4 no credit (fulfills language requirement)
Latin 5 Latin Free (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
4 No credit (fulfills language requirement)
Latin - Literature 5 Latin Free (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
4 no credit (fulfills language requirement)
Latin - Vergil 5 Latin Free (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
4 No credit (fulfills language requirement)
Mathematics AB   no credit
Mathematics BC* 5 Math 104 (1 c.u.)
Music Theory   no credit
Physics-B 5 Physics 091, 092 (2 c.u.) Please see the Department of Physics and Astronomy website for further details on lab requirements.
Physics-C
(Mechanics)
5 Physics 093 (1 c.u.) Please see the Department of Physics and Astronomy website for further details on lab requirements.
Physics-C
(Electricity and Magnetism)
5 Physics 094 (1 c.u.) Please see the Department of Physics and Astronomy website for further details on lab requirements.
Psychology 5 Psychology 001 Waiver
Spanish Language 5 Spanish 210 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
4 no credit (fulfills language requirement)
Spanish Literature 5 Spanish 220 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
Statistics 5 no credit
United States History 5 History 042 (1 c.u.)
World History 5 History 044 (1 c.u.)

* An internal departmental examination is also available for credit.

International Baccalaureate

Higher Level Examination Score Penn Credit Awarded
Anthropology   no credit
Biology* 7, 6 Biology 091 (1 c.u.) (NOTE: Does not fulfill lab requirement)
Chemistry* 7, 6 Chemistry 091 (1 c.u.)
Economics 7, 6 Economics 001 and 002 Waiver
English A/B 7, 6, 5 English Free (1 c.u.) (Note: Does not fulfill the college writing requirement)
French A 7, 6 French 220 (1 c.u.)
5 French 210 (1 c.u.)
French B 7, 6 French 210 (1 c.u.)
Geography   No credit
German A 7, 6 German 216, German Free (2 c.u.)
5, 4 German 212 (1 c.u.)
German B 7, 6 German 216, German Free (2 c.u.)
5, 4 German 104 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
History of the Americas 7, 6, 5 History 042 (1 c.u.)
History of Europe 7, 6, 5 History 041 (1 c.u.)
Latin 7 Latin Free (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
6 No credit (fulfills language requirement)
Mathematics*   No credit
Mathematics with Further Mathematics* 7 Math 104 (1 c.u.)
Music   No credit
Philosophy 7, 6, 5 Departmental review on case-by-case basis
Physics 7, 6 Phys 091, 092 (2 c.u.)
Please see the Department of Physics and Astronomy website for further details on lab requirements.
Psychology 7, 6 Waiver for Psychology 001
Spanish A 7, 6 Spanish 220 (1 c.u.)
5 Spanish 210 (1 c.u.)
Spanish B 7, 6 Spanish 210 (1 c.u.)
Theater Arts 7, 6, 5 Departmental review on case-by-case basis

* An internal departmental examination is also available for credit.

GCSE Advanced (A) Level Exam Policy

Examination Grade of A* or A or B Grade of C
Accounting no credit no credit
Biology BIOL 91 no credit
Chemistry CHEM 91 no credit
Economics A* or A = Waiver Econ 001&002
B = no waiver
no credit
English Credit is determined by departmental review of scores and content of courses taken. Submit a detailed written description of topics studied along with original A-Level certificate to the Office of Admissions. departmental review
Greek A = Greek Free (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
B = no credit (fulfills language requirement)
no credit
History Credit is determined by departmental review of scores and content of courses taken. Submit a detailed written description of topics studied along with original A-Level certificate to the Office of Admissions. no credit
Latin A = Latin Free (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
B = no credit (fulfills language requirement)
no credit
Math w/Further Math
(Edexel)
no credit no credit
Math w/Special paper w/merit
(Cambridge)
no credit no credit
Physics Credit is determined by departmental review of scores and content of courses taken. Submit a detailed written description of topics studied along with original A-Level certificate to the Office of Admissions. no credit