College Board Advanced Placement Examinations
MIT grants credit for a score of 5 on some College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams. It does not grant credit for secondary school courses teaching AP curricula, or partial credit for lower scores. If you take an AP exam more than once, only your higher score will be counted. Credit is automatically recorded when scores are received from the College Board. See Reporting Your Scores below.
These policies are specific to the Class of 2024 and are subject to change for subsequent entering classes. For details on COVID-19 impacts to AP testing and Admissions, please see https://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/mits-covid-19-precautions-and-its-impact-on-admissions/
- No credit is given for the AP Biology exam.
- No credit is given for the AP Chemistry exam.
- No credit is given for the Computer Science AP exams.
- Credit for 18.01 will no longer be granted with a 5 on the Calculus BC AP Exam. Students must take the Math Diagnostic. This is part of the Orientation schedule. A passing grade (yet to be determined by the faculty) on this exam plus a 5 on the Calculus BC will earn credit for 18.01. Note to the MIT class of 2024 regarding the AB subscore on the Calculus BC exam, July 2020: The college board did not report an AB subscore on the 2020 AP BC exam. Thus, 18.01A placement based on the AB subscore is not available for the 2020 AP BC exam. Students with less than a 5 on the 2020 BC exam who are interested in placing into 18.01A are invited take the 18.01 ASE in August. The first half of the 18.01 ASE is on calculus AB material and the ASE will report an 18.01A subscore.
A score of 5 on both Physics C exams—Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism—will grant you credit for 8.01. No credit will be given for the Physics 1 and 2 exams.
Other Science Exams
- No credit is given for AP Environmental Science or Statistics exams.
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
A score of 5 on all AP exams listed in the College Board's categories of Arts, English, History & Social Sciences, and World Languages & Cultures earn 9 units each of unrestricted elective credit. A score of 5 on both of the Capstone exams - AP Seminar and AP Research, earns a total of 9 units of unrestricted elective credit.
Advanced Placement credit cannot be used to satisfy any part of the HASS Requirement.
In addition to earning 9 units of unrestricted elective credit, a score of 5 on either the English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition exam places you in the "CI-H/CI-HW Required" category without taking the First Year Essay Evaluation (FEE).
You are still required to take a Communication-Intensive subject (CI-HW or CI-H) your first year as part of the Communication Requirement. Students with scores lower than 5 on either exam should take the FEE or plan to complete a CI-HW subject.
The College Board reports scores electronically to MIT. You may designate MIT as a recipient (code 3514) when you register for your AP exams, or order a report later from the College Board. MIT will not accept scores from paper reports sent to you, or from your high school. Please submit all AP scores by July 22, 2020.
Any AP scores received by MIT, along with credit they earn, will appear in your Online Freshman Advising Folderwhich becomes available in mid-August.
For More Information
For information about the use of AP and other exam scores in Admissions decisions, please visit http://www.mitadmissions.org/. We cannot answer questions about qualifications for admission to MIT.