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AP/IB/Other Credit Information

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Advanced Placement (AP)

You may earn college credit in one or more subjects through the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program. Johns Hopkins grants academic credits as listed below. Note that these policies are regularly reviewed and are subject to change.

AP Exam Score Credits
Biology 5 6
Calculus AB*** 5 4
Calculus BC*** 5 8
Calculus BC*** 3/4 4
Chemistry 5 8
Chemistry 4 4
Computer Science A 5 3
Computer Science AB 4/5 3
Environmental Science 4/5 4
French Language** 4/5 6
German Language** 4/5 6
Italian Language** 4/5 6
Macroeconomics* 5 3
Microeconomics* 5 3
Physics C (Mech) 4/5 4
Physics C (E&M) 4/5 4
Statistics 4/5 4

*Students majoring or minoring in economics must take one additional economics course for each course awarded through AP credit. Credit for AP Microeconomics is granted only if the student passes a departmental exam.

**French, German, and Italian will grant six credits for AP scores of 4 or 5 only after a student successfully completes two courses in that same language sequence at the intermediate level or higher.

***Students may receive credit for Calculus I via only one test.

No credit is awarded for Advanced Placement examinations not listed above.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

You may receive college credit for higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in the following subjects:

IB Exam Score Credits
Biology 6/7 6
Chemistry 6/7 8
Computer Science 6/7 3
French (B or A2) 6/7 6
German (B or A2) 6/7 6
Macroeconomics* 7 3
Mathematics 6/7 4
Microeconomics* 7 3
Physics 7 8
Physics 6 4
Spanish (B or A2) 6/7 6

*Students majoring or minoring in economics must take one additional economics course for each course awarded through IB credit. Credit for IB Microeconomics is granted only if the student passes a departmental exam.

UK-based Curricula

Credit is awarded for grades of A or B on the British and Singapore General Certificate of Education A-level courses in the same subject areas included on the AP exams and IB courses listed above. International curriculum students interested in receiving credit for other advanced-level studies may have their work evaluated by the appropriate academic departments.

Johns Hopkins University will consider applications from students with Cambridge Pre-U examination results according to their merits, as is the case with A Level applicants. All candidates must submit complete applications to be considered for admission to Johns Hopkins. Johns Hopkins is in the process of reviewing what academic credit might be awarded for Pre-U grades.

Additional Credits

In addition to allowable credits from AP or IB higher-level exams, entering freshmen may transfer up to 12 credits from course work taken at other colleges that meets the criteria of the academic advising offices. If a student enters the university with AP or IB credits for a specific course and then takes an equivalent course offered by the university, his or her AP or IB credits are disallowed.

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