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AP and other exam credit

This table lists the equivalencies of selected AP, IB and A-level exams. Scores that are equivalent to undistributed credit are marked with "1xxxx." These credits are listed on the transcript, but are not counted as equivalent to any particular course, and can not meet any course-specific graduation requirement. Courses listed in bold may satisfy First Year Engineering requirements.

Students who earn credit through AP or other exams retain the option to take the course while at Purdue, and the earned course grade will replace the AP or other exam credit. Students should consult with an FYE advisor to discuss if this option is advisable.

The lists presented here are partial lists of common exams. The complete list of all exams is available at the Admissions website.



College Board Advanced Placement

Subject Area AP Score Equivalent Purdue Course
Biology 3 BIOL 1xxxx
4 BIOL 11000
5 BIOL 11000 and 11100
Calculus AB 3 MA 1xxxx
4 or 5 MA 16500
Calculus BC 3 MA 1xxxx
4 or 5 MA 16500 and MA 16600
Chemistry 3 CHM 11100
4 or 5 CHM 11500 and 11600
Computer Science A or AB 3 CS 1xxxx
4 or 5 CS 17700
English Language and Composition 3 ENGL 1xxxx
4 or 5 ENGL 10600
English Literature and Composition 3 ENGL 1xxxx
4 or 5 ENGL 23100
Microeconomics and Macroeconomics 3 (on either) ECON 1xxxx
4 or 5 (on both) ECON 21000
Government: US 3 POL 1xxxx
4 or 5 POL 10400
Government: Comparative 3 POL 1xxxx
4 or 5 POL 14100
History: American 3 HIST 1xxxx
4 or 5 HIST 15100 and 15200
History: European 3 HIST 1xxxx
4 or 5 HIST 10400
History: World 3 HIST 1xxxx
4 or 5 HIST 10500
Modern Languages 3 10100 and 10200
4 10100, 10200, and 20100
5 10100, 10200, 20100 and 20200
Physics B 3 or 4 PHYS 1xxxx
5 PHYS 22000 and 22100
Physics C: Mechanics 3 or 4 PHYS 1xxxx
5 PHYS 17200
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 or 4 PHYS 1xxxx
5 PHYS 27200

International Baccalaureate

Subject Area Score Equivalent Purdue Course
Biology (HL) 5 BIOL 11000
6 or 7 BIOL 11000 and 11100
Chemistry (SL) 5, 6, 7 CHM 11100 and 11200
Chemistry (HL) 5, 6, 7 CHM 11500 and 11600
Economics (HL) 5, 6, 7 ECON 21000
English (SL & HL) 5, 6, 7 ENGL 23100
Foreign Language (HL) 5, 6, 7 10100 and 10200
Mathematics (HL) 5, 6, 7 MA 16500 and 16600
Philosophy (HL) 5, 6, 7 PHIL 11000
Physics (HL) 5, 6, 7 PHIL 17200
Psychology (HL) 5, 6, 7 PSY 12000

G.C.E. A Levels

Subject Area Grade Equivalent Purdue Course
Chemistry A, B CHM 11500 and 11600
English A, B ENGL 23100
Foreign Language A, B FLL 10100 and 10200
Mathematics A, B MA 16500
Further Mathematics A, B MA 16600
Pure Mathematics (London) A, B MA 16500 and 16600
Physics A, B PHYS 17200