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Advanced Placement (AP)

Submitting your AP test scores

The easiest way to ensure that the UW receives your AP scores is to name us as a recipient when you sign up for exam(s). You can use this procedure even if you take the exam as a junior in high school; the UW will keep your scores until your senior year. If you do not name the UW as a recipient when you take your exam, just contact the College Board and request that scores be sent to the UW Office of Admissions. When you enroll at the UW, you may be eligible for UW credit; if so, information about courses and credit awards will be accessible to you via MyUW. To ensure that your AP scores match up with your UW academic record, be sure to identify your name and date of birth with the College Board in the exact same way you identify, or expect to identify, yourself on your UW application.

AP Policy Overview

The UW recognizes AP coursework as a challenging academic program that provides excellent preparation for university study. College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams are scored on a scale of 1 – 5. At the UW, scores of 3 or higher are considered for college credit awards or placement into UW courses. The table below shows the UW’s departmental policies for awarding course equivalencies and credits for each exam

Students who complete two exams with duplicate or overlapping content (e.g. AP and IB), or who complete an exam and a college course with duplicate or overlapping content will be awarded credit for only one exam or course.

Note: AP scores may be submitted only for courses taken while in high school and for tests taken during or within six months after leaving high school. AP test results may not be used to waive admission requirements.

Applicability toward UW graduation requirements

The following abbreviations show which graduation requirements apply to the course assignments indicated for each subject exam in the table below.

Areas of Knowledge

  • I&S = Individuals and Society
  • NW = Natural World
  • VLPA = Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

Basic Skills:

  • C = Composition
  • QSR = Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning
  • FL = Foreign (World) Language

AP exams

Subjects


Art

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Art: History of 3,4,5 ART H 100 5 VLPA
Art: Studio Art – Drawing 3,4,5 ART 102 5 VLPA
Art: Studio Art – 2D Design 3,4,5 ART 103 5 VLPA
Art: Studio Art – 3D Design 3,4,5 ART 104 5 VLPA

Biology

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Biology 4,5 BIOL 161, 162 5,5 NW
Biology 3 BIOL 161 5 NW


Chemistry

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Chemistry 5 CHEM 142, 152, 162 5,5,5 NW, QSR
Chemistry 4 CHEM 142, 152 5,5 NW, QSR
Chemistry 3 CHEM 142 5 NW, QSR
AP scores 3-5 also count as placement test for Honors CHEM 145.


Chinese

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Chinese Language & Culture 5 CHIN 133, 231, 232 5,5,5 VLPA*, FL
Chinese Language & Culture 4 CHIN 133, 231 5,5 VLPA*, FL
Chinese Language & Culture 3 CHIN 133 5 FL
*VLPA applies only to CHIN 231 and 232, not CHIN 133
CHIN 133, 231, 232 are parallel to CHIN 103, 201, 202; credit not allowed for both sequences.

Credit for 133, 231, 232 does not imply placement into specific CHIN courses.

NOTE: No credit awarded for native speaker of Chinese.


Computer Science

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Computer Science A 4,5 CSE 142 4 NW, QSR
Computer Science A 3 CSE 112 4 NW, QSR
Computer Science Principles 3,4,5 CSE 120 5 NW, QSR
Computer Science AB (exam no longer offered) 5 CSE 142, 143 4,5 NW, QSR
Computer Science AB (exam no longer offered) 3,4 CSE 142 4 NW, QSR


Economics

Name UW Course Min AP Score for Credit Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Economics: Micro 4,5 ECON 200 5 I&S, QSR
Economics: Micro 3 ECON 190 5 I&S
Economics: Macro 4,5 ECON 201 5 I&S, QSR
Economics: Macro 3 ECON 191 5 I&S


English

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
English Language & Composition 3,4,5 ENGL 106 5
English Literature & Composition 3,4,5 ENGL 106 5
English Language & Composition AND English Literature & Composition 3,4,5 ENGL 106 10


Environmental Sciences

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Environmental Sciences 3,4,5 ESRM 100 5 NW

French

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
French Language 5 FRENCH 201, 202, 203 5,5,5 VLPA, FL
French Language 4 FRENCH 201, 202 5,5 VLPA, FL
French Language 3 FRENCH 201 5 VLPA, FL
French Literature (exam no longer offered) 5 FRENCH 298 15 VLPA
French Literature (exam no longer offered) 4 FRENCH 298 10 VLPA
French Literature (exam no longer offered) 3 FRENCH 298 5 VLPA
NOTE: No credit awarded for native speaker of French.


Geography

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Human Geography 3,4,5 GEOG 100 5 I&S


German

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
German Language 5 GERMAN 201, 202, 203 5,5,5 VLPA, FL
German Language 4 GERMAN 201, 202 5,5 VLPA, FL
German Language 3 GERMAN 201 5 VLPA, FL
NOTE: No credit awarded for native speaker of German.


Government & Politics

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Government & Politics: United States 3,4,5 POL S 202 5 I&S
Government & Politics: Comparative 3,4,5 POL S 204 5 I&S


History

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
European History 4,5 HSTEU 113 5 I&S
European History 3 HSTEU 100 5 I&S
United States History 4,5 HSTAA 101 5 I&S
United States History 3 HSTAA 100 5 I&S
World History 3,4,5 HSTRY 100 5 I&S


Italian

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Italian Language & Culture 5 ITAL 201, 202, 203 5,5,5 VLPA, FL
Italian Language & Culture 4 ITAL 201, 202 5,5 VLPA, FL
Italian Language & Culture 3 ITAL 201 5 VLPA, FL
NOTE: No credit awarded for native speaker of Italian.


Japanese

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Japanese Language & Culture 5 JAPAN 133, 231, 232 5,5,5 VLPA*, FL
Japanese Language & Culture 4 JAPAN 133, 231 5,5 VLPA*, FL
Japanese Language & Culture 3 JAPAN 133 5 FL
*VLPA applies only to JAPAN 231 and 232, not JAPAN 133
JAPAN 133, 231, 232 are parallel to JAPAN 103, 201, 202; credit not allowed for both sequences.

Credit for 133, 231, 232 does not imply placement into specific JAPAN courses.

NOTE: No credit awarded for native speaker of Japanese.


Latin

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Latin 4,5 LATIN 305, 307 5,5 VLPA, FL
Latin 3 LATIN 103 5 FL
Latin: Literature 4,5 LATIN 305, 306 5,5 VLPA, FL
Latin: Literature 3 LATIN 103 5 FL
Latin: Literature AND Latin: Vergil 4,5 LATIN 305, 306, 307 5,5,5 VLPA, FL
Latin: Literature AND Latin: Vergil 3 LATIN 103 5 FL
Latin: Literature and Latin: Vergil exams are no longer offered

Mathematics

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Mathematics: Calculus AB 5 MATH 124, 125 5,5 NW, QSR
Mathematics: Calculus AB 3,4 MATH 124 5 NW, QSR
Mathematics: Calculus AB 2 Placement into MATH 124 only 0
Mathematics: Calculus BC 4,5 MATH 124, 125 5,5 NW, QSR
Mathematics: Calculus BC 3 MATH 124 5 NW, QSR
Mathematics: Calculus BC (subscores) 2 with subgrade of 3,4,5 MATH 124 5 NW, QSR


Music

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Music List/Literature (exam no longer offered) Placement only. See music adviser.
Music Theory 5 MUSIC 113, 119 1,3 VLPA
Music Theory 4 MUSIC 117 2 VLPA
Music Theory 3 MUSIC 116 2 VLPA


Physics

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Physics B (exam no longer offered) 4,5 PHYS 114, 117, 115, 118, 116, 119 4,1,4,1,4,1 NW, QSR
Physics C: Mechanics 4,5 PHYS 121 5 NW, QSR
Physics C: Mechanics 3 PHYS 101 5 NW, QSR
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 4,5 PHYS 122 5 NW, QSR
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 3 PHYS 102 5 NW, QSR
Physics 1 4,5 PHYS 114, 117 5 NW, QSR
Physics 1 3 PHYS 101 5 NW, QSR
Physics 2 4,5 PHYS 115, 118 5 NW, QSR
Physics 2 3 PHYS 102 5 NW, QSR
Physics 1 AND Physics 2 (both have qualifying scores) 4,5 PHYS 114, 117, 115, 118, 116, 119 5,5,5 NW, QSR


Psychology

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Psychology 3,4,5 PSYCH 101 5 I&S


Research

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Research 3,4,5 UW 115 5


Seminar

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Seminar 3,4,5 UW 116 5

Spanish

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Spanish Language 5 SPAN 201, 202, 203 5,5,5 VLPA, FL
Spanish Language 4 SPAN 201, 202 5,5 VLPA, FL
Spanish Language 3 SPAN 201 5 VLPA, FL
Spanish Literature 5 SPAN 298 15 VLPA, FL
Spanish Literature 4 SPAN 298 10 VLPA, FL
Spanish Literature 3 SPAN 298 5 VLPA, FL


Statistics

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Statistics 3,4,5 STAT 290 5 NW, QSR