Credit for Previous Study - College Board Advanced Placement Credit
MIT grants credit for a score of 5 on some College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams (or 4 on the Calculus BC exam). Credit is automatically recorded when scores are received from the College Board. No validation or other testing is required in order to receive this credit.
MIT does not grant credit for secondary school courses teaching AP curricula, or partial credit for lower scores. If you take an AP exam more than once, only your higher score will be counted. Details of credit for various AP exams appear below.
See the Credit for Previous Study page for information on types of credit awarded and on repeating a subject for which you receive credit.
No credit is given for the College Board AP Biology exam. To receive credit for 12 units of Introductory Biology (7.012), you must pass the Biology Advanced Standing Examination administered during Orientation, or pass one of the Biology GIR subjects.
No credit is given for the College Board AP Chemistry exam. To receive credit for 12 units of Principles of Chemical Science (5.111), you must pass the Advanced Placement (Advanced Standing) exam administered during Orientation, or pass one of the Chemistry GIR subjects.
No credit is given for AP Computer Science exams, either A or AB .
Calculus AP exams can result in either credit or placement:
- Credit: For a score of 4 or 5 on the BC Calculus examination, credit is given for 12 units of 18.01, Calculus I. For scores lower than 4, no credit is given.
- Placement: Although no credit is given for the Calculus AB exam, a score of 4 or 5 places you into the accelerated Calculus sequence 18.01A/18.02A. A score of 4 or 5 on the AB portion of the BC Calculus exam offers the same placement as the regular Calculus AB exam.
- Review: If you earn 18.01 credit and then take 18.01A (a variation of 18.01) for review purposes, the 12 units of credit initially given for 18.01 will convert to 3 units of unrestricted elective credit. You will also 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 unrestricted elective credit, and 12 units of credit is given for passing 18.014.
Physics AP exams can result in credit and placement:
- Credit and Placement: For a score of 5 on both Physics C exams—Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism—credit will be given for 12 units of 8.01, Physics I, and you may enroll in subject 8.02 or 8.022, Physics II. For scores lower than 5, no credit is awarded. No credit is given for either of the Physics C exams alone, or for the Physics B exam.
- Review: 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 unrestricted elective credit. You will also receive 12 units of credit for a passing grade in 8.012.
A score of 5 on either the English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition exam exempts you from the Freshman Essay Evaluation (FEE). You are therefore free to take any CI-H or CI-HW subject in your first year, to keep pace with the Communication Requirement. (Your Online Advising Folder will say "CI-H/CI-HW Required").
FEE registration runs on an "honor system": if you are exempt but MIT has not yet received your AP score report, you may still safely skip the FEE. Please submit your report as soon as possible.
Students who do not have a score of 5 on either English exam should take the FEE or plan to complete a CI-HW subject in their first term.
Advanced Placement credit cannot be used to satisfy any part of the HASS Requirement.
However, a score of 5 on most non-science AP exams earns 9 units of unrestricted elective credit for each exam. For example, a score of 5 on the Spanish Language exam and a score of 5 on the US History exam would earn 18 total units of unrestricted elective credit.
No credit is given for the AP Environmental Science or Statistics exams. No credit is awarded for scores lower than 5 on any HASS-related exam.
The College Board reports scores electronically to MIT. You may designate MIT as a recipient (code 3514) when you register for your AP exams, or order a report later from the College Board. MIT will not accept scores from paper reports sent to you, or from your high school.
Any AP scores received by MIT, along with credit they earn, will appear in your Online Freshman Advising Folder which becomes available in mid-August.
The July 18 deadline for transfer credit requests does not apply to AP scores. Simply report them to MIT as soon as possible.
Address questions not answered here regarding MIT's policies and procedures on credit for Advanced Placement scores to firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-253-4164.
For information about the use of AP and other exam scores in Admissions decisions, please visit http://www.mitadmissions.org/. UAAP cannot answer questions about qualifications for admission to MIT.