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MIT: Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyClass of 2017

First Year Academics: Credit for Previous Study: A-Level Exams

MIT recognizes and gives credit for high scores on certain A-Level examinations as administered in various countries, based on appropriate documentation.

To receive final credit you must present your official A-Level certificate (issued by CIE, Edexcel, AQA, or the appropriate government agency) to UAAP Advanced Placement staff for copy and review. However, if all you have when you arrive on campus is a statement of results or other unofficial report, bring it to UAAP right away. Tentative credit can be recorded and used as a prerequisite for 8.02 and 18.02.

Here are credit policies for A-Level exam scores:

  • Biology: No credit is given for A-Level Biology. To receive credit for 12 units of Introductory Biology (7.012), you must pass the Biology Advanced Standing Examination administered during Orientation.
  • Chemistry: No credit is given for A-Level Chemistry. To receive 12 units of credit for Principles of Chemical Science (5.111), you must pass the Advanced Placement (Advanced Standing) exam administered during freshman Orientation.
  • Computer Science: No credit is given for A-Level Computer Science examinations.
  • Mathematics: For a grade of A or B in A-Level Mathematics, credit will be given for 12 units of subject 18.01, Calculus I. For grades lower than B or grades in Further Mathematics, no credit is given.

    If you are given 18.01 credit and then take 18.01A (a variation of 18.01) for review purposes, your 12 units of 18.01 credit will convert to 3 units of general elective credit. In addition, you will receive 12 units of credit for a passing grade in 18.01A.

    If you take 18.014 (calculus with theory), your 18.01 credit will convert to 9 units of general elective credit. In addition, you will receive 12 units of credit for a passing grade in 18.014.
  • Physics: For a grade of A in A-Level Physics, credit will be given for 12 units of subject 8.01, Physics I, and you may enroll in subject 8.02 or 8.022 (Physics II). For grades lower than A, no credit is given.

    If you earn 8.01 credit and then enroll in 8.012 (the advanced version of 8.01), the 12 units of credit initially given for 8.01 will convert to 6 units of general elective credit. You will also receive 12 units of credit for a passing grade in 8.012.
  • Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: A-Level credit cannot be used to satisfy any part of the HASS Requirement. However, each grade of A on A-Level examinations in fields designated Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences at MIT earns 9 general elective units. For grades lower than A, no credit is given.

See also general information on the Credit for Previous Study page.

For information about the use of A-Level grades in Admissions decisions, please visit http://www.mitadmissions.org/. UAAP cannot answer questions about qualifications for admission to MIT.