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 Swarthmore College
 Registrar's Office
 500 College Avenue
 Swarthmore PA 19081

 phone: (610) 328 8297
 fax: (610) 957 6100
 email: registrar@swarthmore.edu

 on campus: 124 Parrish Hall

 Martin Warner, Registrar
 Lesa Shieber
, Assoc. Registrar
 Stacey Hogge, Asst. Registrar
 Keira Stevenson , Asst. Registrar

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 College. All rights reserved.
 

 
Swarthmore Guide to AP and IB Score
Limited Placement and/or Credit

How to get AP Results Sent to Swarthmore
How to get IB Results Sent to Swarthmore
How to get credit for Other International Entrance Exams
Norm of no credit for college courses done during high school

The table below lists the credit and/or placement which can be expected for exam scores earned prior to Swarthmore matriculation, subject to the limitations and conditions listed. Credit and placement are distinct and do not always go together. As the guide indicates, credit and/or placement is sometimes available for American College Board Advanced Placement Exams, the International Baccalaureate Exams, British System Advanced Level Exams, and some other international entrance exams approved by the registrar.

Each department sets its own policy about awarding credit or advanced standing, and some departments require a placement examination or a course taken at Swarthmore to validate a student's previous work. The timing of credit awards varies from department to department. Most decisions are made after the first semester. Students not hearing a decision by the end of the second semester should contact the relevant department.

Departmental credit awards are provisional pending receipt of official scores by the College Registrar. Swarthmore credit will be recorded by the Registrar only on receipt of (1) official scores from the College Board, etc., and (2) credit validation from the relevant department.

Swarthmore's CEEB number (our College Board number) is 2821.

There is no College-wide maximum limit to the amount of AP or IB credit that can be received.

Credit awarded for work done elsewhere appears on the student transcript.

Swarthmore NSEP credit is not awarded for AP tests, International Baccalaureate examinations, or other advanced placement work.

Departmental policies are subject to change. Web page last revised April 01, 2013.

The Chemistry policy for the Classes of 2015 appears below. The Chemistry policy for classes 2014 and earlier is: "Students with a score of 5 on the Chemistry AP exam (taken their junior year in high school or later) or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Chemistry IB exam receive one credit and if continuing take CHEM 010H; however, no AP credit is received if students take CHEM 001 or CHEM 010."

Program

Score of AP or IB exam

Credit

Advanced Placement in courses

Comments                      

Art History

AP- 5,
Higher IB- 6 or 7

1

-- Students who receive a 5 on the AP exam in art history will be granted one unit of credit upon completion of an art history course in the department.

Biology

AP- 5,
Higher IB- 6 or 7,
British A levels- 'A'

1

Possible Adv. Placement for Bio 010-039, with instructor's permission

Credit awarded after completion of 1 Swarthmore Bio course with lab (Bio 001, 002 or 010-039)

Chemistry

AP - 5, Higher IB - 6 or 7 Students must indicate they have achieved these scores using the "Chemistry Preparedness" process accessed through the Deans Office online Orientation forms.

none

These scores allow a student to have direct access to the CHEM 010H Placement exam.

In the absence of AP/IB credit, first year students can use the Chemistry Readiness Exam to access the CHEM 010H Placement exam for possible placement into the course.

Classics

AP- 5 Latin (Vergil),
Higher IB- 6 or 7

1

Advanced placement for listed score; possible adv placement with lower score.

 

Computer Science

AP- 4 or 5

1
(max)

--

Credit awarded after completion of 1 Swarthmore CS course. Students are encouraged to discuss placement with any CS faculty member.

Dance Higher IB-6 or 7

1

-- One unit of credit awarded after the completion of a composition, history or theory course in the Dance program.

Economics

AP- 5 (Macro AND Micro),
Higher IB- 6 or 7

none

Option to place out of Econ 001

If option is used, must take another Econ course before taking Econ 011 or 021.

Educational Studies

--

--

--

 

Engineering

--

--

--

Prior college-level work may be awarded credit by individual application, not as matter of policy

English Language & Composition

AP- 4 or 5,
Higher IB- 6 or 7

1

No exemptions from Dept. prerequisites

Does not count toward English Major or Minor

English Literature & Composition

AP- 4 or 5,
Higher IB- 6 or 7

1

No exemptions from Dept. prerequisites

May count toward ENGL Major or Minor

Environmental Studies

Environmental Science
AP- 5

1

Credit does not satisfy divisional distribution requirements.

Must  complete 1 course counting for Tri-Co 
ENVS credit (not a cognate course).

History (US, European, World)

AP- 4 or 5,
Higher IB- 6 or 7

1 for each exam
(2 max)

Possible placement in advanced courses, with instructor's permission.

Must pass with straight C or better one Hist course (001-011) for first AP/IB credit; must pass with straight C or better any other Hist course for 2nd credit. Only one AP/IB credit will count towards completion of a History major.

Linguistics

--

--

--

 

Mathematics

AP- 5 (Calculus BC exam)

2

 

Equals Math 015, 025

"

AP- 5 (Calculus AB, or AB- subscore),
Higher IB- 6 or 7

1.5

 

Equals Math 015, the first half of 025, and placement into 026

"

AP- 4 (Calculus BC or AB, or AB- subscore),
Higher IB- 5

1

 

Equals Math 015

"

Dept. Calculus placement exam

--

Possible adv. placement up to two semesters

 

Modern Languages and Literatures

AP- 4 or 5,
Higher IB- 6 or 7 in
Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

1
(max 1 per lang.)

Placement tests are required for all languages except Russian; which needs the instructor's approval.

After completing a one credit course in that language at the College

Music Theory

--

--

Possible adv. placement

 

Philosophy

--

--

--

 

Physics

AP- 5 (Mechan C)

1

Possible adv. placement

Equals Physics 003 if you pass a representative Physics 003 test administered by the department

"

AP- 5 (Electr/ Mag C)

1

Possible adv. placement

Equals Physics 004 if you pass a representative Physics 004 test administered by the department

"

Higher IB- 6 or 7

2

Possible adv. placement

Equals Physics 003 & 004 if you pass representative Physics 003 and 004 tests administered by the department

Political Science

AP- 5 (either US Govt & Pols or Comp Govt & Pols, but not both)

1
(max)

--

Psychology

AP- 5,
Higher IB- 6 or 7

No credit

Possible placement out of Intro Psychology

For exemption from Psyc 001, consult Dept. for guidance and admission to suitable first Psyc course.

Religion

--

--

--

 

Soc / Anth

Higher IB- 6 or 7

--

--

Considered on a case by case basis.

Statistics

AP- 4 or 5

1

 

Equals Statistics 011

Studio Art

AP- 5,
Higher IB- 6 or 7

1

 

May waive STUA 001 with presentation of portfolio

Theater

--

--

--

 
 
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