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Advanced Credit - Office of Admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Advanced Credit - Office of Admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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College Coursework and AP/CLEP/IB

The University of Wisconsin-Madison grants advanced credit for the successful completion of college-level course work while in high school, and for high achievement on Advanced Placement (AP), GCE Advanced Level (A-Level), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Credits earned may be awarded toward general education requirements, degree requirements, or elective credit. The purpose of awarding advanced credit is to recognize advanced high-quality work, to preclude the duplication of courses, and to provide increased flexibility for students who wish to complete two majors, earn a certificate, or graduate early.

College Coursework

Students who take college courses prior to high school graduation will receive advanced credit at UW–Madison as long as the credit is: 1) transferable, 2) earned at an accredited college, and 3) listed on an official transcript generated by the college.

To be awarded credit at UW–Madison, enrolling students must have their official college-level transcript(s) sent to the Office of Admissions. Students taking courses at a UW System school may consult the Transfer Information System (TIS) to determine exactly how credit will be awarded.

Advanced Placement (AP)  

We award course exemptions and college credit to students with exam scores of 3, 4, or 5. To earn AP credit, students must have their official AP grade report sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment from the College Board. Our AP code is 1846. Review the chart below to see how AP credit will be awarded.

AP ExamScoreUW-Madison Credit/Course Equivalent
Art
  History of Art33 credits, humanities electives
 4, 54 credits, art history electives
  Studio Art 2D 3, 4, 5 3 credits, general electives
  Studio Art 3D3, 4, 53 credits, general electives
  Studio Art
  Drawing
  Portfolio
3, 4, 5 3 credits, general electives
Biology
 33 credits, biological science electives
 4, 5 5 credits, Zoo/Bot/Bio 151
Calculus
  AB or
  AB Subscore**
33 credits, mathematics electives
(exempt from GER Quantitative Reasoning Part A)
 4, 55 credits, Mathematics 221
  BC**33 credits, mathematics electives
(exempt from GER Quantitative Reasoning Part A)
 4, 59 credits, Mathematics 221 and 222
Chemistry
 33 credits, chemistry electives
 4, 53 credits, Chemistry 103
Chinese
 33 credits*, East Asian Studies electives
 4, 56 credits*, East Asian Studies electives
Computer Science
  A33 credits, computer science electives
 4, 53 credits, Computer Science 302
  AB33 credits, computer science electives (natural science)
 46 credits, Computer Science 302 (3 credits) and computer science electives (3 credits, natural science)
 56 credits, Computer Science 302 and 367
Economics
  Macroeconomics33 credits, general electives
 4, 54 credits, Economics 102
  Microeconomics33 credits, general electives
 4, 54 credits, Economics 101
English
  Language and
  Composition
33 credits, English composition electives
(not exempt from GER Communication Part A)
 4, 53 credits, English composition electives
(exempt from GER Communication A)
  Literature and
  Composition
33 credits, literature electives
(not exempt from GER Communication Part A)
 4, 53 credits, literature electives
(exempt from GER Communication Part A)
Environmental Science
 3, 4, 53 credits, biological science electives
French
  Language3 4 credits*, French 204
 4, 5 3 credits*, French 227
  Literature33 credits*, French electives (X13)
 4, 54 credits*, French 271
German
  Language33 credits*, German electives
 4, 53 credits*, German 226
Government and Politics
  Comparative33 credits, political science electives
 4, 54 credits, Political Science 106
  United States33 credits, political science electives
 4, 54 credits, Political Science 104
History
  European
  History
33 credits, general electives
 4, 56 credits, History 119 and 120
  United States
  History
33 credits, general electives
 4, 56 credits, History 101 and 102
  World History33 credits, general electives
 4, 53 credits, History 135
Human Geography
 33 credits, geography electives
 4, 53 credits, geography electives (social science)
Italian
  Language3, 44 credits*, Italian 204
 54 credits*, Italian 452
Japanese
 33 credits*, East Asian Studies electives
 4, 56 credits*, East Asian 104
Latin
  Literature3, 4, 58 credits*, Latin 103 and 104
  Vergil3, 4, 58 credits*, Latin 103 and 104
Music Theory
 3, 4, 53 credits, Music 111
(music majors must take placement test)
Physics
  B33 credits, physics electives
 4, 58 credits, Physics 103 and 104
  C Electricity and
  Magnetism
33 credits, physics electives
 4, 55 credits, Physics 202 or 208
(proposed major determines equivalency)
  C Mechanics33 credits, physics electives
 4, 55 credits, Physics 201 or 207
(proposed major determines equivalency)
Psychology
 33 credits, psychology electives
 4, 53 credits, Psychology 202
Spanish
  Language3, 44 credits*, Spanish 204
 53 credits*, Spanish 226
  Literature34 credits*, Spanish 204
 4, 53 credits*, Spanish 224
Statistics
 33 credits, statistics electives
 4, 53 credits, Statistics 301

* In some schools and colleges, it is possible to earn retroactive language credits for prior work completed in a foreign language. Contact the language department to learn more about retroactive credits and to determine which type of credit (AP or retroactive) will best meet your needs.

** A maximum of 9 credits will be awarded between AP Calculus AB, AB Subscore, and BC.

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GCE Advanced level (A-Level)  

In many cases, students may receive advanced standing credit for some A-level exams. After a student has been admitted and confirmed his or her intent to enroll, the Office of Admissions will perform an official evaluation of credit for A-Level exam results. In order to grant the credit, we require an official copy of the A-Level exam certificate from the examination board. Credits will not be posted from Results Slips or internal school transcripts. Review the chart below to see how A-Level credit will be awarded. Examinations not listed in this chart will be evaluated by the Office of Admissions & Recruitment for appropriate advanced standing credit.

A-Level examining board UW-Madison Credit/Course Equivalent
   
University of Cambridge/OCR
Accounting 3 credits, Accounting 100
English Literature 10 credits, english electives
Mathematics 5 credits, Math 221
Further Mathematics 5 credits, math electives
Biology  5 credits, Botany 130
  3 credits, Zoo 101 & 2 credits, Zoo 102
Chemistry (Grades A-D only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103 & 5 credits Chemistry 104
Chemistry (Grade E only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103
Economics 4 credits, Economics 101 & 4 credits Economics 102
Media Studies 6 credits, journalism electives
Physical Science 5 credits, physical science elective
Physics 5 credits, physics electives
Psychology 4 credits Psychology 201 & 4 credits, Psychology electives
Sociology 4 credits, Sociology 210
   
Associated Examining Board (AQA)
Drama & Theatre Studies  4 credits, theatre electives
English Literature  10 credits, English electives
Statistics  3 credits, Statistics 301
Chemistry (Grades A-D only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103 & 5 credits Chemistry 104
Chemistry (Grade E only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103
   
Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE)
Computer Science 1 credit, Computer Science 368
  3 credits, computer science elective
Pure Mathematics 5 credits Math 114
  5 credits, Math 221
  4 credits, Math 222
   
University of London/Edexcel
Accounting 3 credits, Accounting 100
Biology 5 credits, Botany 130
  3 credits, Zoo 101 & 2 credits, Zoo 102
Chemistry (Grades A-D only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103 & 5 credits Chemistry 104
Chemistry (Grade E only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103
Computer Science NO CREDIT
Economics 4 credits, Economics 101 & 4 credits Economics 102
English Literature 10 credits, English literature elective
Further Mathematics 5 credits, math electives
Geography 10 credits, geography electives
Government & Politics 4 credits Political Science 101
  3 credits, Political Science 106
History 10 credits, history electives
Mathematics 5 credits, Math 221
   
Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)
Accounting 3 credits, Accounting 100
Biology 5 credits, Botany 130
  3 credits, Zoo 101 & 2 credits, Zoo 102
Business Studies 3 credits General Business 100
Chemistry (Grades A-D only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103 & 5 credits Chemistry 104
Chemistry (Grade E only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103
Chinese History 8 credits, history electives
Chinese Language & Literature 3 credits, East Asian Lang & Lit elective
Chinese Literature 4 credits, East Asian 351
  4 credits, East Asian 352
  2 credits, East Asian 363
Computer Science 3 credits, Computer Science 302
  4 credits Computer Science 354
  3 credits, Computer Science 367
Economics 4 credits, Economics 101 & 4 credits Economics 102
English 10 credits, English elective
English Literature 10 credits, English elective
Geography 5 credits, Geography 127 & 4 credits, geography electives
History 10 credits, history electives
Mathematics 5 credits, Math 221
Physics 5 credits, physics electives
Pure & Applied Math 5 credits, Math 221
Pure Mathematics 5 credits, Math 221
  5 credits, Math 222
   
Malaysian Higher School Certificate (STPM)
Accounting NO CREDIT
Malay 6 credits, LCA Language electives
Mathematics T 5 credits, Math 114
  5 credits, Math 221
Biology 5 credits Zoology 151
  5 credits Zoology 152
   
Singapore Cambridge GCE Advanced Level
Computer Science  (Grades A-B) 3 credits Comp Sci 132, 3 credits Comp Sci 302, & 3 credits Comp Sci 367
Computer Science (Grades C-E) 3 credits Comp Sci 132 & 3 credits Comp Sci 302
English Literature 10 credits, English electives
English 6 credits, English electives
Math 5 credits, Math 221
Math C 5 credits, Math 221
Further Math 5 credits, Math 222
Biology 5 credits Botany 130
  3 credits, Zoo 101 & 2 credits, Zoo 102
Chemistry (Grades A-D only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103 & 5 credits Chemistry 104
Chemistry (Grade E only) 4 credits, Chemistry 103
Physics 5 credits Physics electives
Chinese History 8 credits, History electives
Economics 4 credits, Economics 101 & 4 credits Economics 102
European & Asian History 3 credits, History 119, 3 credits History 120, & 3 credits History 115
Geography 10 credits, Geography electives

* No credit granted for grades of "F."
* No credit granted for AS-levels.
* No credit granted for Singapore-Cambridge H1 and H3 levels.
* No credit granted for Sri Lankan A-Levels.

International Baccalaureate (IB)  

Results of IB examinations are evaluated for academic credit. Advanced standing credit is awarded for scores of 4–7 on the exams. Students who receive an IB Diploma with a minimum score of 28 are eligible for 3 additional elective credits. IB transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment from the International Baccalaureate Organization. Review the chart below to see how IB credit will be awarded.

IB Higher Level ExamScoreUW-Madison Credit/Course Equivalent
Biology45 credits, zoology electives (biological science, elementary)
(consult with department for possible Zoology 151 credit)
Chemistry49 credits, Chemistry 103 (4 credits) and Chemistry 104 (5 credits)
Chinese A146 credits, East Asian electives (advanced)
Computer Studies46 credits, Computer Science 302 (3 credits) and Computer Science 367 (3 credits)
Economics48 credits, Economics 101 (4 credits) and Economics 102 (4 credits)
English A156 credits, English literature electives (elementary)
(exempt from GER Communication Part A)
43 credits, English literature electives (elementary)
(exempt from GER Communication Part A)
Foreign Language A146 credits, literature electives (advanced)
(up to 6 credits possible following departmental review)
Foreign Language A2 or B
(not English)
46 credits, language electives (advanced)
or retroactive language credits*
French A146 credits, French literature electives (advanced)
Geography4 8 credits, Geography 104 (3 credits) and Geography 127 (5 credits)
History46 credits, history electives (social studies, elementary)
IT in a Global Society43 credits, computer science electives (elementary)
Italian A146 credits, Italian literature electives (advanced)
Japanese A146 credits, East Asian electives (advanced)
Korean A146 credits, East Asian electives (advanced)
Math45 credits, Math 221
Math with Further Math49 credits, Math 221 (5 credits) and Math 222 (4 credits)
Music43 credits, music electives (elementary)
Philosophy44 credits, Philosophy 101
Physics 4 8 credits, Physics 103 (4 credits) and Physics 104 (4 credits)
Portuguese A146 credits, Portuguese literature electives (advanced)
Psychology44 credits, Psychology 201
(consult with department for possible additional and/or more specific credit)
Social Anthropology43 credits, Anthropology 104
Spanish A146 credits, Spanish literature electives (advanced)
Theatre Arts43 credits, theatre electives (elementary)
Visual Arts43 credits, general electives (elementary)

* In some schools and colleges, it is possible to earn retroactive language credits for prior work completed in a foreign language. Contact the language department to learn more about retroactive credits and to determine which type of credit (IB or retroactive) will best meet your needs.

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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP allows students who have gained knowledge through independent study, advanced high school courses, noncredit adult courses, or professional development to take examinations for possible college credit. Students must earn a minimum score of 65 and take CLEP exams before completing 16 semester hours of college credit in order to receive credit. Review the chart below to see how CLEP credit will be awarded.

CLEP ExamMin. ScoreCredit/Course Equivalent
American Government653 credits, political science electives
American Literature653 credits, English literature electives
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature653 credits, English electives
Biology653 credits, biology electives
Calculus653 credits, math electives
English Literature653 credits, English literature electives
Humanities653 credits, humanities electives
Principles of Macroeconomics*653 credits, economics electives
Principles of Microeconomics*653 credits, economics electives
Natural Sciences653 credits, natural science electives
Introduction to Psychology653 credits, psychology electives
Social Sciences and History653 credits, social studies electives
Introduction to Sociology653 credits, sociology electives

*Credit will be awarded for only one economics exam (Macroeconomics or Microeconomics).

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