AP/IB Credit

AP/IB Credit

AP / IB Credit Recognition for Students Entering September 2022 - August 2023

 AP credit and IB credit is administered through the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. If you have submitted your scores from the AP or IB exams you will receive notification of credit from WCAS and it will appear on your unofficial transcript on CAESAR. Advanced Standing credit is also administered through WCAS if you have completed college level coursework during your senior year in high school or the summer before you enter Northwestern. The Office of the Registrar evaluates transfer credits from other schools. Your adviser will determine how AP and IB credits will be applied to your degree. 

In SESP, you may satisfy up to seven distribution requirements through AP or IB credits. one English (Literature only) AP credit may be applied toward the Literature and Arts distribution requirement. All other English AP credit will be considered elective credit.  

You may not use AP credit or IB credit for core or concentration requirements except for: ECON 201 (Introduction to Macroeconomics), ECON 202 (Introduction to Microeconomics), PSYCH 110 (Introduction to Psychology), POLI SCI 220 (Introduction to American Government and Politics), and Statistics credit. If you are a Secondary Education student with AP or IB credit in your teaching subject area, consult with your adviser about how that credit may be applied to the concentration. 

Exam
Score
Course Credit Authorized
Area the Credit Will Count
Art History 5 1 unit (Art History 2xx) 1 unit, Literature and Fine Arts
Studio Art 5 1 unit (Art 2xx) 1 unit, Elective
Biology 5 1 unit (Biology 1xx) 1 unit, Natural Sciences
Chemistry 4 1 unit  (Chem 1x0) 1 unit, Natural Sciences
5 3.68 units (Chem 1x0, 1x1, 1x2, and lab courses 11x, 12x) 2 units, Natural Sciences; 1.68 units Elective 
Chinese Language and Culture 4 1 unit (Chinese 1LN) 1 unit, Elective
5 2 units (Chinese 1LN) 2 units, Elective
Computer Science A  4, 5 1 unit (COMP_SCI 150) 1 unit, Formal Studies
Computer Science Principles 4, 5  1 unit (Comp Sci 1xx)
Economics-Macro 5 1 unit (Economics 201) 1 unit concentration for HDC, LOC and SOC POL
Economics-Micro 5 1 unit (Economics 202) 1 unit concentration for HDC, LOC and SOC POL
English (Language) 5 2 units (English 1LC) 1 unit composition requirement for SEC TEACH; elective for HDC, LOC and Soc Pol
English (Literature) 5 2 units (English 1LT) 1 unit, Lit and Fine Arts; 1 unit elective
Environmental Science 5 1 unit (Env Sci 1xx) 1 unit, Natural Sciences
French Language and Culture 4 1 unit (French 1LN) 1 unit, Elective
5 2 units (French 2LN) 2 units, Elective
Geography (Human) 5 1 unit (Geography 1xx) 1 unit, Elective
German Language and Culture 4 1 unit (German 1LN) 1 unit, Elective
5 2 units (German 1LN) 1 unit, Elective
Government and Politics (American) 5 1 unit (Poli Sci 2xx) 1 unit, Soc Pol
Government and Politics (Comparative) 5 1 unit (Poli Sci 2xx) 1 unit, Soc Pol 
History (European) 5 2 units (History 2EU) 2 units, History
History (U.S.) 5 2 units (History 2US) 2 units, History
History (World) 5 2 units (History 2WL) 2 units, History
Italian Language and Culture 4 1 unit (Italian 2LN) 1 unit, Elective
5 2 units (Italian 2LN) 2 units, Elective
Japanese Language and Culture 4 1 unit (Japanese 1LN) 1 unit, Elective
5 2 units (Japanese 2LN) 2 units, Elective
Latin 4 1 unit (Latin 1LN) 1 unit, Elective
5 2 units (Latin 2LN) 2 units, Elective
Mathematics (Calculus) AB, for exams taken either before or after calendar year 2020 4 1 unit (Math 220-1) 1 unit, Formal Studies
5 2 units (Math 220-1,2) 2 units, Formal Studies
Mathematics (Calculus) BC, for exams taken either before or after calendar year 2020 4 2 units (Math 220-1,2) 1 unit, Formal Studies
5 3 units (Math 220-1,2 & Math 226) 2 units, Formal Studies
Music Theory 5 1 unit (Gen Music 252) 1 unit, Formal Studies
Physics 1 5 1.34 units (Physics 130-1 and lab course 13x-1) 1 unit, Natural Sciences
Physics 2 5 1.34 units (Physics 130-2 and lab course 13x-2) 1 unit, Natural Sciences
Physics C-Mechanics 5 1.34 units (Physics 135-1 and lab course 136-1) 1 unit, Natural Sciences
Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism), for exams taken in 2019 or prior year 5 1.34 units (Physics 135-2 and lab course 136-2) 1 unit, Natural Sciences
Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism), for exams taken in 2020 5 1.34 units (Physics 1XX and 1XL) 1 unit, Natural Sciences
Psychology 5 1 unit (Psychology 110) 1 unit, HDC or LOC
Spanish Language and Culture 4 1 unit (Spanish 2LN) 1 unit, Elective
5 2 units (Spanish 2LN) 2 units, Elective
Spanish Literature and Culture 4 1 unit (Spanish 2LT) 1 unit, Lit and Fine Arts
5 2 units (Spanish 2LT) 1 unit, Lit and Fine Arts; 1 unit elective
Statistics, for exams taken either before or after calendar year 2020 4, 5 1 unit (Stat 210) 1 unit, Formal Studies
Statistics, for exams taken in 2020 4 1 unit (Stat 1xx) 1 unit, Formal Studies
5 1 Unit (Stat 210) 1 unit, Formal Studies

 

Recognition for International Baccalaureate Testing


International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination
Score
Northwestern Credit
Distribution Credit Authorized
Biology 6, 7 1 unit (Biology 1xx) 1 unit, Natural Sciences
Chemistry 5, 6 1 unit (Chem 1x0) 1 unit, Natural Sciences 
7 3.68 units (Chem 1x0, 1x1, 1x2, and lab courses 11x, 12x) 2 units, Natural Sciences; 2 units elective
Computer Science 5, 6, 7 1 unit (COMP_SCI 110) 1 unit, Formal Studies
Economics 6, 7 2 units (Econ 201, 202) 2 units for concentration HDC, LOC, Soc Pol
English 6, 7 2 units (English 1xx) 1 unit Lit and Fine Arts for HDC, LOC and SOC POL; 1 unit communication for Sec Teach
Foreign Language (all languages) 6 1 unit of 1xx in the relevant language 1/3 of optional global engagement requirement
7 2 units of 1xx in the relevant language 2/3 of optional global engagement requirement 
Geography 6, 7 1 unit (Geog 1xx) 2 units, History
History (American) 6, 7 2 units (History 2AM) 2 units, History
History (European) 6, 7 2 units (History 2EU) 2 units, History
History (Asia and Oceania, or Africa & Middle East) 6, 7  2 units (History 2xx) 2 units, History 
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches, or Applications and Interpretation 6 1 unit (Math 2xx) 1 unit, Formal Studies
7 2 units (Math 2xx) 1 unit, Formal Studies
Further Mathematics (test 2020 or earlier) 6,7 4 units (Math 220-1,2; Math 226; Stat 210) 1 unit, Formal Studies
Philosophy 7 1 unit (Phil 1xx) 1 unit, Ethics and Values
Physics 6, 7 2.68 units (Physics 130-1,2 and lab courses 13x-1,2) 2 units, Natural Sciences
Politics (Global) 6,7 1 unit (Poli Sci 240) 1 unit, Soc_Pol or LOC
Psychology 6, 7 1 unit (Psychology 110) 1 unit, HDC, LOC, LRN_SCI, or Soc_Pol

Important Note: Students entering may satisfy up to seven of the 10 distribution requirements through Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits.

*A student who earns a score of 6 or 7 on the IB Mathematics HL examination may be eligible for additional credit if their examination includes the Calculus Option (credit for MATH 220-2 and MATH 226-0) or the Statistics and Probability option (credit for STAT 210-0). To apply for additional credit, the student must have their high school IB Diploma Programme Coordinator submit a copy of the student's IB Registration Summary to the Office of the Registrar.

Note: If you have taken an exam not listed here (British A-Levels, for example) and wish to discuss earning credit, send the International Test Credit Evaluation Request form and a copy of your score report to wcas-forms@northwestern.edu.

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