Advanced Placement Credit

  1. A maximum of 15 units of pre-matriculation credit may be counted toward any undergraduate degree. These units will count toward graduation but will not meet general education requirements.

  1. No department at Washington University offers absolute credit, without further study, for scores lower than 4.  In French, German, and Spanish, a score of 3 confirmed by a course here earns additional credit; see listings below.

  2. If a student takes a course in residence for which they have already received AP credit, the AP credit will be removed automatically.


ART HISTORY (L01) — Test: AHS

Grade 5 or 4: Three units of elective credit (Art-Arch 0001) contingent upon the completion of a 300- or 400-level Art History course with a grade of B or better.  Students in the Sam Fox School must complete Art-Arch Art History 113.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

BIOLOGY (L41) — Test: BIO

Grade 5, 4: 6 units of credit for L41 Biol 100A (elective credit). Students who plan to major in Biology or who are pre-med normally will enroll in Biol 2960 in the spring of freshman year and Biol 2970 in the fall of sophomore year.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

CHEMISTRY (L07) — Test: CHE

Those students who receive a 5 on the AP test in Chemistry will receive 3 units each of Chem 103 and 104. Those students who receive a 4 receive 3 units of Chem 103. Receipt of these credits has no bearing on fulfillment of chemistry requirements for pre-medicine or any science major and cannot be used to satisfy prerequisites for Organic Chemistry. All students who wish to pursue a major or a pre-professional preparatory curriculum requiring general chemistry must take Chem 111A and 112A and the associated labs, Chem 151 and 152. Students who wish to exempt either the first or second semester of general chemistry, including the labs, must pass a placement exam administered by the Department of Chemistry during the first week of classes in the fall.

Grade 5: 6 units of credit: 3 units each of Chem 103 and 104. These units do not replace Chem 111A or 112A. Chem 112A must be completed prior to registration in Chem 261 or 401 or any advanced courses in Chemistry.

Grade 4: 3 units of Chem 103. These units do not replace Chem 111A or 112A.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

COMPUTER SCIENCE (E81) 

A TEST

Grade 5, 4: 3 units of general elective credit for CSE 131. Students who want to confirm their skills can take the placement exam during orientation.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit or placement given, but a student can take the CSE 131 placement exam and receive “proficiency” credit if a passing score is achieved.

AB TEST

Grade 5, 4: 3 units of credit for CSE 131.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit or placement given, but a student can take the CSE 131 placement exam and receive “proficiency” credit if a passing score is achieved.

CAP TEST

Grade 5: 3 units of general elective credit for E81 1CP. Students who want to confirm their skills can take the placement exam during Orientation.

Grade 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit awarded. Students who want to confirm their skills can take the placement exam during Orientation.

ECONOMICS (L11)

MICRO — Test: EMI

Grade 5: 3 units of undergraduate general degree credit, contingent upon completion of Econ 4011 with a grade of B or better. The credit will not count toward the Economics major/minor. Placement into any economics course having an Econ 1011 prerequisite is permitted; however, bypassing introductory courses may be disadvantageous, and students are encouraged to consult with the department’s Academic Coordinator. By-passing Econ 1011 requires the completion of additional economics elective credit for the major/minor.

Grade 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given. Not recommended to bypass Econ 1011.

MACRO — Test: EMA

Grade 5: 3 units of undergraduate general degree credit, contingent upon completion of Econ 4021 with a grade of B or better. The credit will not count toward the Economics major/minor. Placement into any economics course having an Econ 1021 prerequisite is permitted (assuming other prerequisites are met); however, bypassing introductory courses may be disadvantageous, and students are encouraged to consult with the department’s Academic Coordinator. By-passing Econ 1021 requires the completion of additional economics elective credit for the major/minor.

Grade 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given. Not recommended to bypass Econ 1021.

ENGLISH: LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION (L13) OR LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (L14) — Test: ENG

Grade 5: 3 credits of elective credit (L13 0001) contingent upon completing L59 100, L13 103, or L13 104 with a grade of B or better.

Grade 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

FRENCH (L34)

LANGUAGE — Test: LNF

To receive Advanced Placement credit in French for a score of 3 or 4 you must complete a 300-level course with a grade of B or better.

Grade 5: Automatically grants 6 units of credit equivalent to French 102D and 201D. Students may enroll in a 300-level course conducted in the language.

Grade 4: Automatically grants 3 credits for French 102D, and gives another 3 extra credits for French 201D contingent upon satisfactory completion of a 300-level course with a B or better — other than conversation — conducted in the language.

Grade 3: 6 units of credit equivalent to French 102D and 201D, contingent upon completion of a 300-level course with a grade of B or better — other than conversation — conducted in the language.

Grade 2, 1: No credit given.

LITERATURE — Test: LNF

To receive Advanced Placement credit in French for a score of 3 or 4 you must complete a 300-level course with a grade of B or better.

Grade 5: Automatically grants 6 units of credit equivalent to French 102D and 201D. Students may enroll in a 300-level course conducted in the language.

Grade 4: Automatically grants 3 credits for French 102D, and gives another 3 extra credits for French 201D contingent upon satisfactory completion of a 300-level course with a B or better — other than conversation — conducted in the language.

Grade 3: 6 units of credit equivalent to French 102D and 201D, contingent upon completion of a 300-level course with a grade of B or better — other than conversation — conducted in the language.

Grade 2, 1: No credit given.

GERMAN (L21) — Test: LNG

Grade 5: Automatically grants 3 units of credit for German 102D and 3 units for German 210D; students may enroll in a 300-level course: German 301D, 302D, 313, 340C (German Literature and the Modern Era and German Tutorial).

Grade 4: Automatically grants 3 units of credit for German 102D, and gives another 3 extra credit* for German 210D awarded upon satisfactory completion of German 301D (B- or better).

*Please note: Students may receive this credit only if they start their language study at the 300-level.

Grade 3: 3 units of credit for German 102D* and 3 units for German 210D contingent upon satisfactory completion of German 301D (B- or better).

*Please note: Students may receive this credit only if they start their language study at the 300-level.

Grade 2, 1: No credit given. Should take departmental placement exam.

HISTORY (L22)

A grade of 5 on the AP exam can fulfill Introductory Course requirements for the History Major and Minor.

American History — Test: HSA

Grade 5: 3 units of credit for History 163.

Grade 4: 3 units of elective credit for History 0001.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

European History — Test: HSE

Grade 5: 3 units of credit for History 102.

Grade 4: 3 units of elective credit for History 0001.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

World History — Test: HSW

Grade 5: 3 units of credit for History 164.

Grade 4: 3 units of elective credit for History 0001.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

LATIN (L10) — Test: LNL

Grade 5, 4: 3 units of credit for Latin 101 and 3 units of credit for 102 upon completion of Latin 301 or above with a grade of B or better. Placement at the appropriate level is determined by departmental examination.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

MATHEMATICS (L24)

AB Test — Test: MAB

The Mathematics Department gives a placement exam, available online and also during the fall orientation period. We ask that all entering students planning to enroll in a calculus course (except those with an AP score of 4 or 5) take the placement exam. Only an AP score of 5 receives automatic credit.

Grade 5: 3 units of credit for Math 131. You will be placed into Math 132.

Grade 4: You will be placed into Math 132.

Grade 3: Students with scores of less than 4 should consult with their advisors about placement based on the Math Department Placement Test, SAT scores and high school record. It will be helpful to your advisor if you bring with you the title and the author's name of the calculus book you used in high school and a photocopy of its table of contents, indicating which chapters you covered.

Grade 2, 1: You will be placed into Math 131

BC Test — Test: MBC

The Mathematics Department gives a placement exam, available online and also during the fall orientation period. We ask that all entering students planning to enroll in a calculus course (except those with an AP score of 4 or 5) take the placement exam. This gives us one more piece of information to try to ensure correct placement into the calculus sequence. Only an AP score of 5 receives automatic credit and placement into the calculus sequence.

Grade 5: 6 units of credit for Math 131 and 132. You will be placed into Math 233.

*An AB Subscore of 5 will earn 3 units of credit for Math 131.

Grade 4: You will be placed into Math 233.

Grade 3: Students with scores of less than 4 should consult with their advisors about placement based on the Math Department Placement Test, SAT scores and high school record. It will be helpful to your advisor if you bring with you the title and the author's name of the calculus book you used in high school and a photocopy of its table of contents, indicating which chapters you covered.

Grade 2, 1: You will be placed into Math 132

Any student entering the Calculus 131–132–233 sequence can receive AP credit for earlier courses in this sequence by successful completion, with a grade of C+ or better at Washington University, of the next course in the sequence. Students who successfully complete Math 128, with a grade of C+ or better at Washington University, can receive AP credit for Math 127. In all cases, this assumes that the student does not already have credit for the preceding courses (for example: by transfer from another college or university).

MUSIC (L27)

LITERATURE/LISTENING — Test: MUL

Grade 5: 3 units of elective credit for 0001.

Grade 4: 3 units of elective credit for 0001.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

THEORY — Test: MUT

Grade 5: 3 units of elective credit for 0001.

Grade 4: 3 units of elective credit for 0001.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

PHYSICS (L31)

Physics 1 Test — Test: P1

Grade 5: 3 units of elective credit for Physics 113A.  This corresponds to the first semester in a two semester, algebra-based introductory physics sequence.  Students who require calculus-based physics for course or major requirements should enroll in Physics 117A or Physics 197 in the Fall semester.  

Score 4,3,2,1: No credit or placement given. 

Physics 2 Test — Test: P2

Score 5: 3 units of elective credit for Physics 114A.  This corresponds to the second semester in a two semester, algebra-based introductory physics sequence.  Students who require calculus-based physics for course or major requirements should enroll in Physics 118A or Physics 198 in the Spring semester.  

Score 4,3,2,1: No credit or placement given. 

C Test (Mechanics) — Test: PCM

Grade 5: 4 units of credit for Physics 117A. This corresponds to the first semester in a two-semester, calculus-based introductory physics sequence. Students may enroll in Physics 118A, the second semester of this introductory calculus-based physics sequence, in the Spring semester. Physics majors and students interested in an advanced treatment of introductory physics should enroll in Physics 197 or 117A in the Fall semester, followed by Physics 198 or 118A in the Spring semester. Students may not enroll in Physics 198 without first taking Physics 197.

Grade 4: 3 units of elective credit for Physics 113A. This corresponds to the first semester in a two-semester, algebra-based introductory physics sequence. Students who require calculus-based physics for course or major requirements should enroll in Physics 117A or 197 in the Fall semester.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

C Test (Electricity and Magnetism) — Test: PCE

Grade 5: 4 units of credit for Physics 118A. This corresponds to the second semester in a two-semester, calculus-based introductory physics sequence. Physics majors and students interested in an advanced treatment of introductory physics should enroll in Physics 197 in the Fall semester, followed by Physics 198 in the Spring semester.

Grade 4: 3 units of elective credit for Physics 114A. This corresponds to the second semester in a two-semester, algebra-based introductory physics sequence. Students who require calculus-based physics for course or major requirements should enroll in Physics 117A or 197 in the fall semester.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

POLITICAL SCIENCE (L32)

American Politics — Test: POA

Grade 5, 4: 3 units of undergraduate credit, contingent upon completion of an advanced course (300/400 level) in American Politics with a grade of C or better. The credit will not count toward the Political Science major/minor, but waives the Pol Sci 101B requirement.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Comparative Politics — Test: POC

Grade 5, 4: 3 units of undergraduate credit, contingent upon completion of an advanced course (300/400 level) in Comparative Politics with a grade of C or better. The credit will not count toward the Political Science major/minor, but waives the Pol Sci 102B requirement.

Grade 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

PSYCHOLOGY (L33)

Grade 5: Waives the Psych 100B Introduction to Psychology requirement, but no college credit given.

Grade 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit or placement given.

SPANISH (L38): SPANISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (L38) — Test: LNS

All students wishing to enroll in Spanish must take the online placement exam.  Class placement is decided solely on the basis of this exam and not by AP scores.

STATISTICS (L24) — Test: STA

Grade 5: Students with a 5 on the AP Statistics Exam will receive 3 units of credit for Math 2200.

STUDIO (F20)

2-D DESIGN — Test: A2D

Grade 5: 3 units of elective credit for Fine Arts 0001.

Grade 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

3-D DESIGN — Test: A3D

Grade 5 : 3 units of elective credit for Fine Arts 0001.

Grade 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

DRAWING — Test: DRW

Grade 5: 3 units of elective credit for Fine Arts 0001.

Grade 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given.