Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The First Year at MIT: For Prospective Students

AP and International Exams Credit

MIT Credit for Previous Study

Many students interested in MIT do 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.

MIT grants credit for previous study in the following settings:

College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

MIT grants credit for a score of 5 on some College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams. It 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 current policy on credit for various AP exams appear on the Class of 2018 website. These policies are reviewed for each entering class and may change by the time you apply to MIT. (Note that the Math Department's policy on credit for AP Calculus scores has changed, beginning with the Class of 2019.)

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.

International Examinations

MIT has established policies on credit for high scores in some international examinations.

Details of current policy on credit for international exams, including

appear on the Class of 2018 website. These policies are reviewed for each entering class and may change by the time you apply to MIT.

Transfer Credit

MIT's academic departments may grant some credit for courses taken at other colleges and universities before you begin study here.

In general, credit and/or appropriate placement may be offered if the courses are substantially equivalent to those in the MIT curriculum, and if the grade earned meets MIT standards. However, each department sets its own policies about awarding transfer credit and delegates this decision to its Transfer Credit Examiner, who reviews each request individually.

MIT reviews transfer credit requests only for admitted students. General information may be found on academic departments' websites, especially:

For More Information

Address questions not answered here regarding MIT's policies and procedures on credit for previous study to or 617-253-4164.

For information about the use of international exam scores in Admissions decisions, please visit UAAP cannot answer questions about qualifications for admission to MIT.