First-Year Academics: Credit for Previous Study
Many MIT students have done college-level study while in high school. Some of this study is eligible for MIT credit and/or placement, depending on the setting and your achievement as measured by test scores or grades. Pages in this section give details on how MIT grants credit for: AP (College Board Advanced Placement Examinations) scores, international exam scores (including A-Levels, Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate, French Baccalauréat, Abitur), and transfer credit for study at another college or university.
Types of Credit Awarded
Credit for previous study is awarded as either the equivalent MIT subject (for example, 18.01 for a score of 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam) or unrestricted elective credit, at the discretion of the department granting credit. All such credit appears on the transcript with a grade of S and does not count toward term or cumulative averages.
Repeating a Subject
If you receive subject credit for previous study and then register at MIT for any version of that subject, note the following consequences:
- You lose the credit for previous study.
- If the subject meets a General Institute Requirement (GIR) or departmental requirement you must pass the subject at MIT.
- If you want to repeat 8.01 or 18.01, see the Physics or Mathematics sections of each page linked above for general elective credit granted in these cases.
- The original credit for previous study can be reinstated only if you drop the matching subject before Add Date (fifth week of the term).
For More Information
Please note that these pages apply only to the Class of 2018 entering September 2014. Credit policies are subject to change for each entering class and are posted in January of the entering year. Address questions not answered here regarding MIT's policies and procedures on credit for previous study to firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-253-4164.
For information about the use of previous study in Admissions decisions, please visit http://www.mitadmissions.org/. UAAP cannot answer questions about qualifications for admission to MIT.