External Exam Credit

Advanced Placement Credit, International Baccalaureate Credit, and Credit for GCE Advanced (A) Level Examinations or Other Examinations

Please note:  These polices are in effect for students entering in the FALL OF 2017. They remain under ongoing review and are subject to change without notice. Current students should consult their home school offices for policies in effect at the time of their matriculation.

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

  • Matriculating students seeking credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams must have official score reports sent directly to the Office of the University Registrar by the Educational Testing Service. See Advanced Placement chart.
  • Matriculating students seeking credit for International Baccalaureate (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 GCE Advanced (A) Level Exam Policy chart.

Pre-College and Dual Enrollment Course Work

College-level course work undertaken while enrolled at the secondary level or in the summer prior to matriculation at the University is considered a part of a student’s preparation for a Penn education and is used by the student’s academic advisor to guide placement into appropriate courses at Penn. Credit on the Penn transcript is not granted for this course work.  The one exception is students who enroll in courses at Penn during the summer prior to their matriculation into an undergraduate degree program at the University.  Such course work will be recorded along with credit earned on their undergraduate transcript, which would otherwise start with the fall semester.

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   No credit
Chemistry♦   No credit
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 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
  No credit
(note: does not fulfill the college writing requirement)
  • Literature/Composition
  No credit
(note: does not fulfill the college writing requirement)
Environmental Science   No credit
European History   No credit
French Language 5 French 202 (1.cu.) (fulfills language requirement)
4 No credit (fulfills language requirement)
French Literature 5 French 212 (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, (must pass the department exam to fulfill language requirement)

Government and Politics   No credit
Human Geography   No credit
Italian Language and Culture 5 ITAL 201 (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 101 (1.5 c.u.) and Physics 102 (1.5 c.u.)
Physics 1 5 Physics 101 (1.5 c.u.)
Physics 2 5 Physics 102 (1.5 c.u.)
Physics-C
(Mechanics)
5 Physics 150 (1.5 c.u.)
Physics-C
(Electricity and Magnetism)
5 Physics 151 (1.5 c.u.)
Psychology 5 Psychology 001 Waiver
Spanish Language 5 Spanish 202 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
4 No credit (fulfills language requirement)
Spanish Literature 5 Spanish 212 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
4 No credit (fulfills language requirement)
Statistics 5 STAT 101 waiver or STAT 111 waiver
United States History   No credit
World History   No credit

 An internal departmental examination is also available for credit.

International Baccalaureate

Higher Level Examination Score Penn Credit Awarded
Anthropology   No credit
Biology♦   No credit
Chemistry♦   No credit
Economics 7, 6 Economics 001 and 002 Waiver
English A/B   No credit
French A 7, 6 French 212 (1 c.u.)
5 French 202 (1 c.u.)
French B 7, 6 French 202 (1 c.u.)
Geography   No credit
German A 7, 6 German 203 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
5, 4 German 203 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
German B 7, 6 German 203 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
5, 4 German 104 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
History of the Americas   No credit
History of Europe   No credit
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 150 (1.5 c.u.) and Physics 102 (1.5 c.u.) 
Psychology 7, 6 Waiver for Psychology 001
Spanish A 7, 6 Spanish 212 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
5 Spanish 202 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
Spanish B 7, 6 Spanish 202 (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
Theater Arts 7, 6, 5 Departmental review on case-by-case basis

 An internal departmental examination is also available for credit.

GCE Advanced (A) Level Exam Policy

Examination Grade of A* or A or B Grade of C
Accounting No credit No credit
Biology No credit No credit
Chemistry No credit No credit
Economics A* or A = Waiver Econ 001&002
B = no waiver
No credit
English No credit No credit
Greek A* or A = Greek Free (1 c.u.) (fulfills language requirement)
B = no credit (fulfills language requirement)
No credit
History No credit No credit
Latin A* or 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 A* or A = Physics 150 (1.5 c.u.) and Physics 151 (1.5 c.u.)
B = Physics 101 (1.5 c.u.) and Physics 102 (1.5 c.u.)
No credit