AP or IB Credit

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

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, 2016.

Spanish Literature and Culture

Program Score Credit Placement 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 Placement into BIOL 010-039, with instructor's permission Credit awarded after completion of one Swarthmore Biology course with lab (BIOL 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 010.HN Placement exam. In the absence of AP/IB credit, first year students can use the Chemistry Readiness Exam to access the CHEM 010.HN 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 one Swarthmore CPSC course. Students are encouraged to discuss placement with any CPSC 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 English Major or Minor
Environmental Studies Environmental Science
AP- 5
1 Credit does not satisfy divisional distribution requirements. Must complete one 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- see below
1
(max 1 per lang.)
Placement tests are required for all languages except Russian; which needs the instructor's approval. After completing a 1.0 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.
Spanish Language and Culture

AP- 4 or 5
Higher IB- 6 or 7

1 (max 1 Spanish credit  per student) Spanish placement test is required for all students. After successful completion of a Spanish course at the College. Neither AP nor IB credits will be counted toward the Spanish major or minor.
Spanish Literature and Culture

AP- 4 or 5
Higher IB- 6 or 7

1 (max 1 Spanish credit  per student) Spanish placement test is required for all students. After successful completion of a Spanish course at the College. Neither AP nor IB credits will be counted toward the Spanish major or minor.
Statistics AP- 4 or 5 1   Equals STAT 011
Studio Art AP- 5,
Higher IB- 6 or 7
1   May waive STUA 001 with presentation of portfolio
Theater -- -- --