Getting Credit and Placement

Entering college with credit you’ve already earned through AP can save you time and money—for example, you might be able to skip introductory courses or even graduate early.

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Keep in Mind

Colleges set their own policies.

Nearly all U.S. colleges and universities and many international institutions honor AP scores. Most have a written policy spelling out how they award credit and advanced placement.

You have to send your scores.

To get college credit for your AP scores, you have to request that the College Board send your official score report to the college of your choice. After receiving your scores, your college should notify you about any credit, advanced placement, and/or course exemptions you have earned.

You may need to follow up.

If you have questions about the status of your AP credit or placement, you must contact your college directly.


First check with the admission office at your new college to find out its AP credit policy and deadlines for receiving scores.

If your new college will grant credit for your AP scores, you should send your scores through our online score reporting system. This is the same process you followed to send scores to your current college. There is no way to transfer credits directly from one college to another.

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If a college or university awards you advanced placement based on your AP Exam scores, that means you might be able to skip introductory classes and go straight into higher-level classes. It might also mean that you can skip courses that the college requires students to take to fulfill general education requirements.

Advanced placement is not the same thing as receiving credit, which means you actually earn points toward your college degree. Colleges may offer both credit and placement, just credit, or just placement for successful AP scores. Visit your college’s website or talk to an admission officer to find out which kind of recognition is offered.

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