If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP), you may be able to earn Penn State credit.
With appropriate scores, those may apply as general credit, credit for a particular course, or may allow you to advance to the next in a series of courses or take an honors-level course.
This exam is no longer offered by the testing service. Students who have already completed this exam will receive credit as follows:
For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.
For a grade of four or five, 3 general credits are awarded for Computer Science. (Credit for CSE 121 can be awarded by petitioning the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, if the programming language was C++.)
This evaluation of the credits awarded for Advanced Placement Exams 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 AP Exams are as follows:
Undergraduate students interested in receiving credit for AP Exams should arrange for their official grade reports to be sent directly from the College Board to us.
General credits may be awarded for an AP 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 AP 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