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Credit for Previous Study: College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

MIT grants credit for a score of 5 on some College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams (see list below). 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.

Matriculated students whose AP scores do not earn credit may attempt Advanced Standing Exams in Math and Science areas.

Policies on credit for AP scores are reviewed for each entering class and may change by the time you apply to MIT.

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.

AP Exams that Earn MIT Credit with Score of 5

Mathematics and Computer Science

AP Calculus BC: credit for 18.01 Calculus I

A score of 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam or the AB subsection of the BC exam places you in 18.01A/18.02A, the accelerated firstyear Calculus sequence.

No credit is given for scores on the AP Computer Science A or AP Statistics exams.


AP Physics C (score of 5 on both Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism): credit for 8.01 Physics I

No credit is given for scores on the AP Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, or Physics 2 exams.

Arts, English, History & Social Sciences, World Languages & Cultures

All AP exams listed in these categories by the College Board: 9 units of unrestricted elective credit.

AP Capstone

A score of 5 on both of the Capstone exams, AP Seminar and AP Research, earns a total of 9 units of unrestricted elective credit.