How to Get AP Exam Credit

Instructor: Laura Melega
Earning Advanced Placement (AP) exam credit can benefit students as they transition to college. Learn how to attain college credit based on your AP exam score and find out how AP credit policies can differ from institution to institution.

College Credit from AP Exams

Scoring a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam typically provides students with the opportunity to earn college credit in the subject in which they took the exam. Deciding which exams are accepted for credit and the required score is up to each school to decide. AP scores are accepted for college credit in most of the higher education institutions in the United States, as well as in more than 600 institutions outside the U.S.

Below is a comparison of AP scores in some exam subjects that are accepted for credit at colleges and universities across the United States:

United States History

School & RankingLowest Score AcceptedEarned Credits
Princeton University
#1 for National Universities*
41
Hiram College
Tied at #154 for National Liberal Arts Colleges*
44
University of Kansas
Tied at #115 for National Universities*
33
Southern Oregon University
Tied at #73 for Western Regional Universities*
38

*U.S. News & World Report

Calculus AB

School Lowest Score AcceptedEarned Credits
Princeton University
51
Hiram College
48
University of Kansas
34
Southern Oregon University
34

Biology

SchoolLowest Score AcceptedEarned Credits
Princeton University
52
Hiram College
44
University of Kansas
43
Southern Oregon University
412

Students should check the AP policies of the school at which they hope to earn AP credit.

Preparing for an AP Exam

Being ready for an AP exam is important so that you can earn credit towards a college degree. Study.com offers a broad selection of AP prep courses that are designed to help you get a good score. These courses feature short, fun video lessons and practice tests and quizzes.

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 95 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 2,000 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

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