Claiming IB and AP Credits
Claiming AP and IB credit may...
- Shorten your time in college, thereby lowering your costs.
- Be helpful for admissions, merit scholarships, and course placement.
- Allow time for double majors, minors, or study abroad.
When and How: Submitting Your Scores
- For Admission Consideration
Sometimes students would like to use their tests scores to help increase their chance of admission. In this case, test scores can be self-reported on the application. Most college applications have a designated place for listing these test dates and scores. They will likely be verified at some point, so for actually ordering the scores, see resources above.
- For Claiming College Credit
If your college accepts IB and/or AP credit, submit your test scores according to your college's instructions. For ordering the scores, see resources above.
- For Scholarship Applications
Some students may want to use AP and/or IB exam scores on scholarship applications. In this case, self-report the scores unless the scholarship specifies otherwise. For actually ordering the scores, see resources above.
Most colleges have a minimum AP/IB test score that must be met in order to receive credit. Furthermore, there are some colleges that don't give AP/IB credit. Check with the admissions office of the schools you are considering!
Many colleges give credit for only AP and/or Higher Level (HL) exams. Students who are taking IB courses are often very well prepared for the matching AP exams. It may be worthwhile to take the AP test in addition to the IB (especially SL) exam.