Students who have taken Advanced Level (A-Level) Examinations may be able to earn Penn State credit.
Please search the list of exams by subject below to see the Penn State credit awarded for each exam. Penn State will award transfer credit for exams taken at the Advanced (A-Level) or Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level in which students have received a grade of C or above.
This evaluation of the credits awarded for A-Level Examinations is subject to change and may be reviewed and revised periodically by Penn State faculty.
If credit is awarded, a student’s University record will carry notation of credit, but no grade will be recorded. Credit awarded will not affect a student’s grade-point average at Penn State.
Limitations on credit earned through the A-Level Examinations are as follows:
Undergraduate students interested in receiving credit for A-Level Exams should arrange to have their official results certificates sent to Undergraduate Admissions. To be considered official, results certificates must be either originals or copies certified by the examining board. A "certified" copy is one that bears an original signature of the registrar or other designated school official, an original impression of the institution’s seal, or signature/seal of the examining board.
General credits may be awarded for an A-Level Exam that covers material that is not the substantial equivalent of material covered in a specific university course. General credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements in any area; such use is not necessarily limited to General Education or elective requirements. General credits are applied to a student’s program of study in accordance with the procedures established by the college of enrollment. Information on the use of general credits or specific course credits earned by the A-Level Exams in individual programs of study may be obtained from a student’s academic adviser or from the office of the dean of a student’s college.
Please be advised that a student’s tuition will increase when the Penn State transcript reflects 59.1 cumulative credits. Credits earned from tests, like AP or IB exams, are considered transfer credits and are included in the cumulative credit total. If the credits you are transferring or have transferred to Penn State place you above 59.1 cumulative credits after the start of the semester, your tuition will increase immediately. You will receive a bill for the additional tuition on the first day of the following month. For more information, visit the Office of the Bursar's website