Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Exams

For Students Entering in Fall 2006 and Beyond

AP Information

  • One (1) unit is awarded for most AP exams with a score of 5.
  • For Math BC, students will earn 2 units with a score of 4 or 5.
  • For Math AB or AB subscore on Math BC exam, students will earn 1 unit with a score of 4 or 5.
  • Information about requesting exam scores can be found through the College Board.

IB Information

  • One (1) unit is awarded for each higher level IB exam with a grade of 5, 6, or 7, except for IB Economics, which is awarded 2 units.
  • No credit is awarded for IB exam in English A2 or B as the course content is similar to ESL.
  • Wellesley College course equivalents are similar to those listed in the AP chart on the following page.
  • If your IB exam scores were not sent directly to Wellesley College, come to the Registrar's Office with your official IB diploma. We will take a copy of the official to keep for our records. If you do not have an official IB diploma, please contact us with your name, ID#, and month and year you took the exam by emailing We may be able to access your IB scores online.

GCE Information

  • Credit is awarded for Advanced Level (A-Level) scores. Grades of "A" and "B" are acceptable. Scores in Mathematics and Further Mathematics can both earn credit. No credit is awarded for O-Level scores or Standard-Level scores.

French Baccalaureate Information

  • Credit is awarded for Upper-Level scores of 5, 6, or 7.

Additional Information

  • No more than 2 units of credit may be awarded in a single department; no more than 4 units total credit.  No distribution credit or lab credit may be earned through any AP or IB subject.
  • An AP score of 5 or an IB higher-level score of 5 or above in a foreign language fulfills the foreign language requirement.  
  • An AP score of 5 on the Statistics exam fulfills the Data Literacy (DL) component of the Quantitative Reasoning and Data Literacy requirement.  
  • No credit given toward majors or minors in most departments.  Information about AP and IB exams is included in the course catalog under "Academic Programs" or each department's "Directions for Election."
  • AP or IB exams may not be taken after matriculation at Wellesley College.
  • AP and/or IB higher level exam credit will be added to a student's record after her first year, provided she has not taken an equivalent course at Wellesley. Official scores must be sent to the Registrar's Office and they will be held for the first year.  
  • Student records will be checked after each semester, and AP or IB credit will be removed if the material has been repeated in a Wellesley course. This list shows Wellesley courses, listed by department, which have been deemed equivalent to AP or IB courses and for which credit cannot be given to both the AP/IB and the Wellesley course.
  • For Wellesley departments which offer no equivalent course to the AP test subject, students with AP credits should consult the department about placement.  
  • Credit from the Italian Maturita, the Swiss Maturita, and the German Abitur exams may also be eligible for Wellesley College credit. Please contact the Registrar for further information by emailing