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Advanced Placement Credits, International Placement Credit

If you took an AP exam in: And Scored: You will receive Duke Credit for: Are Eligible to take*:
Art History 5 ARTHIST 20 200-400 level course
Art: Studio-Drawing Portfolio 5 ARTSVIS 21 Advanced Level Course
Art: General Portfolio 5 ARTVIS 21 Advanced Level Course
Biology 4/5 BIOLOGY 20 Biology 201L or 202L*
Chemistry 4 CHEM 20 (a) CHEM 110DL (Fall Only) or 101 DL (Fall, Spr or Smr)
Chemistry 5 CHEM 21 CHEM 201DL.002 or 110DL (Fall Only); 201DL or 101DL (Spr or Smr)
Chinese 4/5 CHINESE 203 204 or 200 thru 400 level course depending on palcement score
Computer Science A 4/5 COMPSCI 101L COMPSCI 201
Computer Science 5 COMPSCI 92L Any Computer Science Course
Economics (Macro) 4/5 ECON 22 ECON 101; ECON 201D if a student has credit for both ECON 21 and 22
Economics (Micro) 4/5 ECON 21 ECON 101; ECON 201D if a student has credit for both ECON 21 and 22
English (Comp/Lit) 4/5 ENGLISH 20 Any course except English 20
English (Lang/Comp) 4/5 ENGLISH 22 Any course except English 22
Environmental Science 4/5 ENVIRON 20 Environ 201
French Language 5 FRENCH 204 300-level course
French Literature 4/5 FRENCH 204 300-level course
German Language & Lit 4 GERMAN 29 GERMAN 204 or 305S
German Language & Lit 5 GERMAN 29 GERMAN 305S or above
U.S. History 4/5 HIST 23, 24 Any course
European History/World cultures 4/5 HIST 25, 26 Any course
World History 4/5 HISTORY 21 Any course
Italian 4 ITALIAN 204 Italian 301
Italian 5 ITALIAN 204 Any 300-level course
Japanese 4/5 Japanese 203 Japanese 204 or 305 depending on placement score
Latin: Literature 4 LATIN 25 LATIN 204
Latin: Literature 5 LATIN 25) 300-Level Course
Math: Calculus AB 5 MATH 21 Math 122L (Fall) or 112L (Spring)
Math: Calculus BC 4 MATH 21 Math 122L (Fall) or 112L (Spring)
Math: Calculus BC 5 MATH 21, 22 Math 202, 212, or 221*
Music 4/5 MUSIC 161-1 Any course except MUSIC 161-1
Physics C Mechanics 4/5 PHYSICS 25 (c) Consult department*
Physics C, Electricity, Magnetism 4/5 PHYSICS 26 (c) Consult department*
Physics B 4/5 No credit Consult department

Political Science

(Gov't and Politics:  US) 

4/5 POLSCI 20 200-400 level course

Political Science

(Govt. and Politics:  Comparative)

4/5 POLSCI 21 200-400 level course
Psychology 4 PSY 101 Any course; you can enroll in PSY 101 as a repeat, but will lose your AP credit
Psychology 5 PSY 101 Any course except PSY 101
Spanish Language 5 SPANISH 204 300-level course
Spanish Literature 4/5 SPANISH 204 300-level course
Statistics 5 STA 30** STA 101 or 102

*A few notes:  Some courses (e.g., BIO 201L, ECON 201D, MATH 212 & 221, and PHYSICS) have additional pre-requisites that you will need to have before you can enroll.  Pre-requisites are listed on Class Detail page for each course.  AP credit in English does not exempt any student from WRITING 101.  History majors may count one AP credit in History toward the major. 

**STA 30 credit applies only to students in Trinity College.  No credit is awarded for Engineering and will not count toward the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.

(a)CHEMISTRY.  In Pratt School of Engineering, CHEM 20 will not satisfy the Biomedical Engineering chemistry requirement.  Biomedical students are required to take CHEM 110DL and CHEM 210 DL, or CHEM 110DL and CHEM 201DL.

(b)MATHEMATICS.  Pratt School of Engineering students must take MATH 212. See for more discussion on placement. 

(c)PHYSICS in Trinity College.  Prospective Physics and Biophysics majors are strongly encouraged to take at least PHYSICS 162L indpendent of their AP course credit. 

(c)PHYSICS in the Pratt School of Engineering.  At lease ONE Physics course must be taken post-matriculation to satisfy the Physics requirement in the Engineering curriculum.  Students receiving the AP credits for PHY 25 and 26 must:  a)take a Duke Physics course at or above PHY 153L; b) decline the AP credit for PHY 26 and take PHY 152L; or c) decline both AP credits and take PHY 151L and 152L.

No placement or elective credit can be considered until your official score has been received by the Office of the Registrar, Box 10484, Durham, NC 27708. To send your AP scores to Duke, contact AP Exams, CN6671, Princeton, NJ 08541-6671;; 609-771-7300 or 888-225-5427. Duke's CEEB number is 5156.

International Placement Credit

Duke also recognizes international standardized examinations and confers a limited amount of elective credit and placement into advanced courses at Duke for students whose performance in these examinations meets certain standards established by the University.  If you completed one of the exams below, the required score for the credit is listed. 

Examination Score
International Baccalaureate 6 or 7 on the higher level*
Cambridge Pre-U M3 or higher
Caribbean Advance Proficiency Exam (CAPE) 1 or 2
British, Hong Kong or Singapore A-level (GCE) A or B
French Baccalaureate 14 or higher
Swiss Maturite 4 or 5
German Abitur 10 or higher
All India/Delhi Senior School Certificate Exam (Class 12) 84 or higher
Indian School Certificate Exam (12th year) 84 or higher
Higher Secondary Certificate Exam (India, 12th year) 84 or higher
Israeli Matriculation Certificate (5 units only) 75 or higher
International Advanced Level (IAL) Exam A or B

*Duke no longer accepts IB Higher Level Physics credit due to a change in the IB curriculum for Physics.  The content no longer meets the minimum standards. 

Duke credits can be awarded only in those subject areas for which there is an AP exam offered domestically (see previous table of this section. Have the scores of your examinations sent directly to the Office of the University Registrar (Box 10484, Durham, NC 27708) as soon as you can, so that credit can be posted to your Duke record. If you have any difficulties with this, contact Harry Nelson in the Registrar's Office to ask for clarification or further instructions. If you have questions about the use of IPC for placement into Duke courses, contact an academic dean or the appropriate department.

Last updated: January 2, 2018