Credit for Previous Study - International Examination Credit
Several academic departments have established policies on MIT credit for high scores in some international examinations. No validation or other testing is required in order to receive this credit. Pages in this section give details on credit and reporting processes for: A-Levels, the Cambridge Pre-U, the International Baccalaureate (Higher Level only), the French Baccaluréat, and the Abitur. For exams not listed here, consult Advanced Placement staff in UAAP for help in contacting appropriate academic departments.
No credit is given for scores on Biology, Chemistry, or Computer Science exams. You may earn credit in Biology or Chemistry by passing an MIT Advanced Standing Exam (ASE) during Orientation. If you do not take the ASE you may register for a more advanced version of the Biology or Chemistry GIR subjects. Computer Science does not offer ASEs.
These policies are specific to the Class of 2018, and are subject to change for subsequent entering classes.
Repeating a Subject
Some students who receive international exam credit for Calculus I (18.01) or Physics I (8.01) register for a version of the same subject at MIT for review or enrichment. If you decide to do this, note the following:
- You lose the international exam credit and you must pass the subject in order to meet the relevant General Institute Requirement.
- Passing the repeated subject earns 12 units of credit plus varying amounts of unrestricted elective credit. See individual exam pages for details.
- Exam credit can be reinstated only if you drop the matching subject before Add Date (fifth week of the term).
For More Information
Address questions not answered here regarding MIT's policies and procedures on credit for international exam scores to firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-253-4164.
For information about the use of international exam scores in Admission decisions, please visit the MIT Admissions website. UAAP cannot answer questions about qualifications for admission to MIT.