Advanced Placement (AP) credits

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Submitting your AP test scores

The easiest way to ensure that the UW receives your AP scores is to name us as a recipient when you sign up for exam(s). You can use this procedure even if you take the exam as a junior in high school; the UW will keep your scores until your senior year. If you do not name the UW as a recipient when you take your exam, just contact the College Board and request that scores be sent to the UW Office of Admissions. When you enroll at the UW, you may be eligible for UW credit; if so, information about courses and credit awards will be accessible to you via MyUW. To ensure that your AP scores match up with your UW academic record, be sure to identify your name and date of birth with the College Board in the exact same way you identify, or expect to identify, yourself on your UW application.

AP Policy Overview

The UW recognizes AP coursework as a challenging academic program that provides excellent preparation for university study. College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams are scored on a scale of 1 – 5. At the UW, scores of 3 or higher are considered for college credit awards or placement into UW courses. The table below shows the UW’s departmental policies for awarding course equivalencies and credits for each exam

Students who duplicate subject content of an exam with another exam (e.g. AP and IB) and/or an exam with a college course will be awarded credit for only one exam or course.

Note: AP scores may be submitted only for courses taken while in high school and for tests taken during or within six months after leaving high school. AP test results may not be used to waive admission requirements.

Applicability toward UW graduation requirements

The following abbreviations show which graduation requirements apply to the course assignments indicated for each subject exam in the table below.

Areas of Knowledge

  • I&S = Individuals and Society
  • NW = Natural World
  • VLPA = Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

Basic Skills:

  • C = Composition
  • QSR = Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning
  • FL = Foreign (World) Language

Advanced Placement (AP) exams by subject

  MIN. AP Score FOR CREDIT UW COURSE CREDIT AWARD MEETS UW REQUIREMENT
Art: History of Art 3,4, 5 ART H 100 5 VLPA
Art: Studio Art - Drawing 3,4,5 ART 102 5 VLPA
Art: Studio Art - 2D Design 3,4,5 ART 103 5 VLPA
Art: Studio Art - 3D Design 3,4,5 ART 104 5 VLPA
Biology 4,5 BIOL 161, 162 5,5 NW
Biology 3 BIOL 161 5 NW
Calculus AB 5 MATH 124,125 5,5 NW, QSR
Calculus AB 3,4 MATH 124 5 NW, QSR
Calculus AB 2 Placement into MATH 124 only 0  
Calculus BC 4,5 MATH 124,125 5,5 NW, QSR
Calculus BC 3 MATH 124 5 NW, QSR
Calculus BC 2
(with subgrade of 3,4,5)
MATH 124 5 NW, QSR
Chemistry 5 CHEM 142, 152, 162 5,5,5 NW, QSR
Chemistry 4 CHEM 142, 152 5,5 NW, QSR
Chemistry 3 CHEM 142 5 NW, QSR
Chinese Language & Culture 5

CHIN 133,231,232

5,5,5 VLPA (231, 232 only), FL
Chinese Language & Culture 4 CHIN 133,231 5,5 VLPA (231 only), FL
Chinese Language & Culture 3 CHIN 133 5 FL
Computer Science A 4,5 CSE 142 4 NW, QSR
Computer Science A 3 CSE 112 4 NW, QSR
Computer Science Principles 3,4,5 CSE 120 5 NW, QSR
Computer Science AB (exam no longer offered) 5 CSE 142, 143 4,5 NW, QSR
Computer Science AB
(exam no longer offered)
3,4 CSE 142 4 NW, QSR
Economics: Micro

4,5

ECON 200

5 I&S, QSR
Economics: Micro 3 ECON 190 5 I&S
Economics: Macro

4,5

ECON 201

5 I&S, QSR
Economics: Macro 3 ECON 191 5 I&S
English: Language & Composition 3,4,5 ENGL 106 5  
English: Literature & Composition 3,4,5 ENGL 106 5  
English: Language & Composition AND English: Literature & Composition 3,4,5 ENGL 106 10  
Environmental Sciences 3,4,5 ESC 110 5 NW
French Language 5 FRENCH 201,202,203 5,5,5 VLPA, FL
French Language 4 FRENCH 201,202 5,5 VLPA, FL
French Language 3 FRENCH 201 5 VLPA, FL
French Literature (exam no longer offered) 5 FRENCH 298 15 VLPA
French Literature (exam no longer offered) 4 FRENCH 298 10 VLPA
French Literature (exam no longer offered) 3 FRENCH 298 5 VLPA
Geography, Human 3,4,5 GEOG 100 5 I&S
German Language 5 GERMAN 201,202,203 5,5,5 VLPA, FL
German Language 4 GERMAN 201,202 5,5 VLPA, FL
German Language 3 GERMAN 201 5 VLPA, FL
Government and Politics: United States 3,4,5 POL S 202 5 I&S
Government and Politics: Comparative 3,4,5 POL S 204 5 I&S
History: European 4,5 HSTEU 113 5 I&S
History: European 3 HSTEU 100 5 I&S
History: United States 4,5 HSTAA 101 5 I&S
History: United States 3 HSTAA 100 5 I&S
History: World 3,4,5 HSTRY 100 5 I&S
Italian Language & Culture 5 ITAL 201,202,203 5,5,5 VLPA, FL
Italian Language & Culture 4 ITAL 201,202 5,5 VLPA, FL
Italian Language & Culture 3 ITAL 201 5 VLPA, FL
Japanese Language & Culture 5 JAPAN 133,231,232 5,5,5 VLPA (231, 232 only), FL
Japanese Language & Culture 4 JAPAN 133,231 5,5 VLPA (231 only), FL
Japanese Language & Culture 3 JAPAN 133 5 FL
Latin 4,5 LATIN 305,307 5,5 VLPA, FL
Latin 3 LATIN 103 5 FL
Latin: Literature 4,5 LATIN 305,306 5,5 VLPA, FL
Latin: Literature 3 LATIN 103 5 FL
Latin: Literature AND Latin: Vergil (exam no longer offered) 4,5 LATIN 305,306,307 5,5,5 VLPA, FL
Latin: Literature AND Latin: Vergil (exam no longer offered) 3 LATIN 103 5 FL
Music List/Literature (exam no longer offered)   Placement only. See music adviser    
Music Theory 5 MUSIC 113,119 1,3 VLPA
Music Theory 4 MUSIC 117 2 VLPA
Music Theory 3 MUSIC 116 2 VLPA
Physics 1 4,5 PHYS 114,117 5 NW, QSR
Physics 1 3 PHYS 101 5 NW, QSR
Physics 2 4,5 Phys 115,118 5 NW, QSR
Physics 2 3 PHYS 102 5 NW, QSR
Physics 1 AND Physics 2 (both have qualifying scores) 4,5 Phys 114,117, 115,118, 116,119 5,5,5 NW, QSR
Physics B (exam no longer offered) 4,5 PHYS 114/117, 115/118, 116/119 4,1,4,1,4,1 NW, QSR
Physics C: Mechanics 4,5 PHYS 121 5 NW, QSR
Physics C: Mechanics 3 PHYS 101 5 NW, QSR
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 4,5 PHYS 122 5 NW, QSR
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 3 PHYS 102 5 NW, QSR
Psychology 3,4,5 PSYCH 101 5 I&S
Research 3,4,5 UW 115 5  
Seminar 3,4,5 UW 116 5  
Spanish Language 5 SPAN 201,202,203 5,5,5 VLPA, FL
Spanish Language 4 SPAN 201,202 5,5 VLPA, FL
Spanish Language 3 SPAN 201 5 VLPA, FL
Spanish Literature 5 SPAN 298 15 VLPA, FL
Spanish Literature 4 SPAN 298 10 VLPA, FL
Spanish Literature 3 SPAN 298 5 VLPA, FL
Statistics 3,4,5 STAT 290 5 NW, QSR