Credit by Exam

What Credit is Awarded?

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)

We award course exemptions and college credit to students with exam scores of 3, 4, or 5. To earn AP credit, students must have their official AP grade report sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment from the College Board. Our AP code is 1846. Review the chart below to see how AP credit will be awarded.

AP Exam Score UW–Madison Credit/Course Equivalent
Art
Art History 3 3 credits, humanities electives
4, 5 4 credits, art history electives
Studio Art 2D 3, 4, 5 3 credits, general electives
Studio Art 3D 3, 4, 5 3 credits, general electives
Studio Art
Drawing
Portfolio
3, 4, 5 3 credits, general electives
Biology
3 3 credits, biological science electives
4, 5 5 credits, Zoo/Bot/Bio 151
Calculus
AB or
AB Subscore**
3 3 credits, mathematics electives
(exempt from GER Quantitative Reasoning Part A)
4, 5 5 credits, Mathematics 221
BC** 3 3 credits, mathematics electives
(exempt from GER Quantitative Reasoning Part A)
4, 5 9 credits, Mathematics 221 and 222
Chemistry
3 3 credits, chemistry electives
4, 5 3 credits, Chemistry 103
Chinese
3 3 credits*, East Asian Studies electives
4, 5 6 credits*, East Asian Studies electives
Computer Science
A 3 3 credits, Computer Science 200
4, 5 3 credits, Computer Science 200
Computer Science Principles
3 3 credits, General Elective
4, 5 3 credits, Comp Sci 202
Economics
Macroeconomics 3 3 credits, general electives
4, 5 3 credits, Economics 102
Microeconomics 3 3 credits, general electives
4, 5 3 credits, Economics 101
English
Language and
Composition
3 3 credits, English composition electives
(not exempt from GER Communication Part A)
4, 5 3 credits, English composition electives
(exempt from GER Communication A)
Literature and
Composition
3 3 credits, literature electives
(not exempt from GER Communication Part A)
4, 5 3 credit, literature electives
(exempt from GER Communication Part A)
Environmental Science
3, 4, 5 3 credits, biological science electives
French
Language 3 4 credits*, French 204
4, 5 3 credits*, French 227
Literature 3 3 credits*, French electives
4, 5 4 credits*, French 271
German
Language 3 3 credits*, German electives
4, 5 3 credits*, German 226
Government and Politics
Comparative 3 3 credits, political science electives
4, 5 4 credits, Political Science 106
United States 3 3 credits, political science electives
4, 5 4 credits, Political Science 104
History
European
History
3 3 credits, general electives
4, 5 3 credits, history electives
U.S. History 3 3 credits, general electives
4, 5 3 credits, history electives
World History 3 3 credits, general electives
4, 5 3 credits, history electives
Human Geography
3 3 credits, geography electives
4, 5 3 credits, geography electives (social science)
Italian
Language 3, 4 4 credits*, Italian 204
5 4 credits*, Italian 452
Japanese
3 3 credits*, East Asian Studies electives
4, 5 6 credits*, East Asian 104
Latin
Literature 3, 4, 5 8 credits*, Latin 103 and 104
Vergil 3, 4, 5 8 credits*, Latin 103 and 104
Music Theory
3, 4, 5 3 credits, Music 111
(music majors must take placement test)
Physics
Physics 1† 3 3 credits, physics electives
4, 5 4 credits, Physics 103
Physics 2† 3 3 credits, physics electives
4, 5 4 credits, Physics 104
B 3 3 credits, physics electives
4, 5 8 credits, Physics 103 and 104
C Electricity and
Magnetism†
3 3 credits, physics electives
4, 5 5 credits, Physics 202 or 208
(proposed major determines equivalency)
C Mechanics† 3 3 credits, physics electives
4, 5 5 credits, Physics 201 or 207
(proposed major determines equivalency)
Psychology
3 3 credits, psychology electives
4, 5 3 credits, Psychology 202
Research
3-5 3 credits, general electives
Seminar
3-5 3 credits, general electives
Spanish
Language 3, 4 4 credits*, Spanish 204
5 3 credits*, Spanish 226
Literature 3 4 credits*, Spanish 204
4, 5 3 credits*, Spanish 224
Statistics
3 3 credits, statistics electives
4, 5 3 credits, Statistics 301

* In some schools and colleges, it is possible to earn retroactive language credits for prior work completed in a foreign language. Contact the language department to learn more about retroactive credits and to determine which type of credit (AP or retroactive) will best meet your needs.

** A maximum of 9 credits will be awarded between AP Calculus AB, AB Subscore, and BC.

† Students may earn credit for either AP Physics 1 & 2 or AP Physics EM & M, but not both.

ADVANCED LEVEL (A-LEVEL)

In many cases, students may receive advanced standing credit for some A-Level exams. After a student has been admitted, the Office of Admissions and Recruitment will perform an official evaluation of credit for A-Level exam results. In order to grant the credit, we require an official copy of the A-Level exam certificate from the examination board. Credits will not be posted from Results Slips or internal school transcripts. Review the chart below to see how A-Level credit will be awarded. Examinations not listed in this chart will be evaluated by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment for appropriate advanced standing credit.

A-Level examining board UW–Madison Credit/Course Equivalent
University of Cambridge/OCR
Accounting 3 credits, Accounting 100
English Literature 10 credits, english electives
Mathematics 5 credits, Math 221
Further Mathematics 5 credits, Math elective
Biology 5 credits, Botany 130
3 credits, Zoo 101 & 2 credits, Zoo 102
Chemistry (Grades A-D only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103 & 5 credits Chemistry 104
Chemistry (Grade E only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103
Economics 4 credits, Economics 101 & 4 credits Economics 102
Media Studies 6 credits, journalism electives
Physical Science 5 credits, physical science elective
Physics 3 credits Physics 103 & 3 credits Physics 104
Psychology 4 credits Psychology 202 & 4 credits, Psychology electives
Religious Studies 3 credits, Religious Studies electives
Sociology 4 credits, Sociology 210
Associated Examining Board (AQA)
Drama & Theatre Studies 4 credits, theatre electives
English Literature 10 credits, English electives
Statistics 3 credits, Statistics 301
Chemistry (Grades A-D only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103 & 5 credits Chemistry 104
Chemistry (Grade E only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103
Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE)
Computer Science 1 credit, Computer Science 368
3 credits, computer science elective
Pure Mathematics 5 credits Math 114
5 credits, Math 221
4 credits, Math 222
University of London/Edexcel
Accounting 3 credits, Accounting 100
Biology 5 credits, Botany 130
3 credits, Zoo 101 & 2 credits, Zoo 102
Chemistry (Grades A-D only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103 & 5 credits Chemistry 104
Chemistry (Grade E only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103
Computer Science NO CREDIT
Economics 4 credits, Economics 101 & 4 credits Economics 102
English Literature 10 credits, English literature elective
Further Mathematics 5 credits, math electives
Geography 10 credits, geography electives
Government & Politics 4 credits Political Science 101
3 credits, Political Science 106
History 10 credits, history electives
Mathematics 5 credits, Math 221
Malaysian Higher School Certificate (STPM)
Accounting NO CREDIT
Malay 6 credits, LCA Language electives
Mathematics T 5 credits, Math 114
5 credits, Math 221
Biology 5 credits Zoology 151
5 credits Zoology 152
Singapore Cambridge GCE Advanced Level
Computer Science  (Grades A-B) 3 credits Comp Sci 132, 3 credits Comp Sci 302, & 3 credits Comp Sci 367
Computer Science (Grades C-E) 3 credits Comp Sci 132 & 3 credits Comp Sci 302
English Literature 10 credits, English electives
English 6 credits, English electives
Math 5 credits, Math 221
Math C 5 credits, Math 221
Further Math 5 credits, Math 222
Biology 5 credits Botany 130
3 credits, Zoo 101 & 2 credits, Zoo 102
Chemistry (Grades A-D only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103 & 5 credits Chemistry 104
Chemistry (Grade E only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103
Physics 5 credits Physics electives
Chinese History 8 credits, History electives
Economics 4 credits, Economics 101 & 4 credits Economics 102
European & Asian History 3 credits, History 119, 3 credits History 120, & 3 credits History 115
Geography 10 credits, Geography electives

* No credit granted for grades of “F.”
* No credit granted for AS-levels.
* No credit granted for Singapore-Cambridge H1 and H3 levels.
* No credit granted for Sri Lankan A-Levels.

CAMBRIDGE PRE-U

Cambridge Pre-U may be considered for possible advanced standing credit. Certificates with subject grades of D1 – M3 and P1 (Distinction 1,2,3 , Merit 1,2,3 and Pass 1) would be required for advanced standing credit consideration in appropriate Principal Subjects. These standards are tentative and are subject to change. Note: No advanced standing credit is granted for Cambridge Pre-U GPR. Principal Subject examinations are optional and not required for entrance.

Cambridge Pre-U Subject UW-Madison Credit/Course Equivalent
Art & Design 3-4 Credits, Art 448. Refer to undergraduate advisor with syllabus and portfolio
Art History 4 Credits, Art History 201 & 4 Credits, Art History 202
Business & Management 3 Credits, Management & Human Resources 300
Chemistry (Grades P2 & P3 only) 4 Credits, Chemistry 103
Chemistry (Grades D1-M3) 4 Credits, Chemistry 103 & 5 credits Chemistry 104
Mathematics 5 Credits, Math elective
Further Mathematics 5 credits, Math 221
Psychology 3 credits, Psychology 202

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

Results of IB examinations are evaluated for academic credit. Advanced standing credit is awarded for scores of 4–7 on the higher level (HL) exams. Students who receive an IB Diploma with a minimum score of 28 are eligible for 3 additional elective credits. IB transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment from the International Baccalaureate Organization. Review the chart below to see how IB credit will be awarded.

IB Higher Level Exam HL Score UW–Madison Credit/Course Equivalent
Biology 4 5 credits, zoology electives (biological science, elementary)
(consult with department for possible Zoology 151 credit)
Business Management 4 3 credits, General business electives (elementary)
Chemistry 4 9 credits, Chemistry 103 (4 credits) and Chemistry 104 (5 credits)
Chinese A1 4 6 credits, East Asian electives (advanced)
Computer Studies 4 3 credits, Computer Science 200
Design Technology 4 3 credits, General electives (elementary)
Economics 4 8 credits, Economics 101 (4 credits) and Economics 102 (4 credits)
English A1 5 6 credits, English literature electives (elementary)
(exempt from GER Communication Part A)
4 3 credits, English literature electives (elementary)
(exempt from GER Communication Part A)
English B 4 6 credits, English electives (elementary)
(Not exempt from GER Communication Part A)
Foreign Language A1 4 6 credits, literature electives (advanced)
(up to 6 credits possible following departmental review)
Foreign Language A2 or B 4 6 credits, language electives (advanced)
or retroactive language credits*
French A1 4 6 credits, French literature electives (advanced)
Geography 4 8 credits, Geography 104 (3 credits) and Geography 127 (5 credits)
Global Politics 4 4 credits, Political Science 120
History 4 6 credits, history electives (social studies, elementary)
IT in a Global Society 4 3 credits, computer science electives (elementary)
Italian A1 4 6 credits, Italian literature electives (advanced)
Japanese A1 4 6 credits, East Asian electives (advanced)
Korean A1 4 6 credits, East Asian electives (advanced)
Math 4 5 credits, Math 221
Math with Further Math 4 9 credits, Math 221 (5 credits) and Math 222 (4 credits)
Music 4 3 credits, music electives (elementary)
Philosophy 4 4 credits, Philosophy 101
Physics 4 8 credits, Physics 103 (4 credits) and Physics 104 (4 credits)
Portuguese A1 4 6 credits, Portuguese literature electives (advanced)
Psychology 4 4 credits, Psychology 202
Social Anthropology 4 3 credits, Anthropology 104
Spanish A1 4 6 credits, Spanish literature electives (advanced)
Theatre Arts 4 3 credits, theatre electives (elementary)
Visual Arts 4 3 credits, general electives (elementary)

* In some schools and colleges, it is possible to earn retroactive language credits for prior work completed in a foreign language. Contact the language department to learn more about retroactive credits and to determine which type of credit (IB or retroactive) will best meet your needs.

COLLEGE-LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)

CLEP allows students who have gained knowledge through independent study, advanced high school courses, noncredit adult courses, or professional development to take examinations for possible college credit. Students must earn a minimum score of 65 and take CLEP exams before completing 16 semester hours of college credit in order to receive credit. Review the chart below to see how CLEP credit will be awarded.

CLEP Exam Min. Score Credit/Course Equivalent
American Government 65 3 credits, political science electives
American Literature 65 3 credits, English literature electives
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 65 3 credits, English electives
Biology 65 3 credits, biology electives
Calculus 65 3 credits, math electives
English Literature 65 3 credits, English literature electives
Humanities 65 3 credits, humanities electives
Principles of Macroeconomics* 65 3 credits, economics electives
Principles of Microeconomics* 65 3 credits, economics electives
Natural Sciences 65 3 credits, natural science electives
Introduction to Psychology 65 3 credits, psychology electives
Social Sciences and History 65 3 credits, social studies electives
Introduction to Sociology 65 3 credits, sociology electives

*Credit will be awarded for only one economics exam (Macroeconomics or Microeconomics).