First Year Academics: Credit for Previous Study - International Baccalaureate (IB)
MIT recognizes and gives credit for high scores on certain Higher Level (HL) International Baccalaureate examinations, based on appropriate documentation.
To receive credit you must ask the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to release your scores to MIT; in most cases this can be done through the Candidate Results Service. MIT downloads reports electronically from the IBO: there is no need to send a copy of your certificate or diploma.
- Biology: No credit is given for IB examinations in 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 IB examinations in Chemistry. To receive credit for 12 units of 5.111, Principles of Chemical Science, students must pass the Advanced Placement (Advanced Standing) exam administered during Orientation.
- Computer Science: No credit is given for the IB Computer Science exam.
- Mathematics: For a score of a 6 or 7 on the Mathematics HL exam, credit will be given for 12 units of subject 18.01, Calculus I. For scores lower than 6, no credit is awarded.
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 score of 7 on the Physics HL exam, 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 7, 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: IB exam credit cannot be used to satisfy any part of the HASS Requirement. However, each grade of 7 on an IB Higher Level examinations in fields designated Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences at MIT earns 9 general elective units. For grades lower than 7, no credit is given. No credit is given for IB exams in Business and Management or Information Technology in a Global Society.
- Communication Requirement: A score of 7 on either the English A or B Higher Level IB exam places you in the "CI-H/CI-HW Required" category without taking the Freshman Essay Evaluation (FEE). You are still required to take a Communication-Intensive subject (CI-HW or CI-H) during your first year as part of the Communication Requirement. You do, however, have a wider range of Communication-Intensive subjects to choose from than students who do not either submit a score of 7 or demonstrate competency in the FEE. Students with scores lower than 7 on either exam should take the FEE or plan to complete a CI-HW subject.
See also general information on the Credit for Previous Study page.
For information about the use of IB scores in Admissions decisions, please visit http://www.mitadmissions.org/. UAAP cannot answer questions about qualifications for admission to MIT.