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Advanced Placement (AP)

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. The UW’s four-digit code is 4854. 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 Inquiry (AoI)

  • SSc = Social Sciences
  • NSc = Natural Sciences
  • A&H = Arts and Humanities

Basic Skills:

  • C = Composition
  • RSN = Reasoning
  • FL = Foreign (World) Language

AP exams

Subjects


Arabic

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Arabic Language 5 Arabic 201, 202, 203 5, 5, 5 A&H, FL
Arabic Language 4 Arabic 201, 202 5, 5 A&H, FL
Arabic Language 3 Arabic 201 5
NOTE: No credit for native speakers of Arabic


Art

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

Biology

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


Chemistry

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
Chemistry 5 CHEM 142, 152, 162 5,5,5 NSc, RSN
Chemistry 4 CHEM 142, 152 5,5 NSc, RSN
Chemistry 3 CHEM 142 5 NSc, RSN
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 A&H*, FL
Chinese Language & Culture 4 CHIN 133, 231 5,5 A&H*, FL
Chinese Language & Culture 3 CHIN 133 5 FL
*A&H 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 3,4,5 CSE 121 4 NSc, RSN
Computer Science Principles 3,4,5 CSE 110 5 NSc, RSN
Computer Science AB (exam no longer offered) 5 CSE 121, 122, 123 4,4,4 NSc, RSN
Computer Science AB (exam no longer offered) 3,4 CSE 121 4 NSc, RSN


Economics

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


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 SSc/NSc

French

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
French Language 5 FRENCH 201, 202, 203 5,5,5 A&H, FL
French Language 4 FRENCH 201, 202 5,5 A&H, FL
French Language 3 FRENCH 201 5 A&H, FL
French Literature (exam no longer offered) 5 FRENCH 298 15 A&H
French Literature (exam no longer offered) 4 FRENCH 298 10 A&H
French Literature (exam no longer offered) 3 FRENCH 298 5 A&H
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 SSc


German

Name Min AP Score for Credit UW Course Credit Award Meets UW Requirement
German Language 5 GERMAN 201, 202, 203 5,5,5 A&H, FL
German Language 4 GERMAN 201, 202 5,5 A&H, FL
German Language 3 GERMAN 201 5 A&H, 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 SSc
Government & Politics: Comparative 3,4,5 POL S 204 5 SSc


History

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


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 A&H, FL
Italian Language & Culture 4 ITAL 201, 202 5,5 A&H, FL
Italian Language & Culture 3 ITAL 201 5 A&H, 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 A&H*, FL
Japanese Language & Culture 4 JAPAN 133, 231 5,5 A&H*, FL
Japanese Language & Culture 3 JAPAN 133 5 FL
*A&H 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 A&H, FL
Latin 3 LATIN 103 5 FL
Latin: Literature 4,5 LATIN 305, 306 5,5 A&H, FL
Latin: Literature 3 LATIN 103 5 FL
Latin: Literature AND Latin: Vergil 4,5 LATIN 305, 306, 307 5,5,5 A&H, 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 3,4,5 MATH 124 5 NSc, RSN
Mathematics: Calculus AB 2 Placement into MATH 124 only 0
Mathematics: Calculus BC 4,5 MATH 124, 125 5,5 NSc, RSN
Mathematics: Calculus BC 3 MATH 124 5 NSc, RSN
Mathematics: Calculus BC (subscores) 2 with subgrade of 3,4,5 MATH 124 5 NSc, RSN


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 A&H
Music Theory 4 MUSIC 117 2 A&H
Music Theory 3 MUSIC 116 2 A&H


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 NSc, RSN
Physics C: Mechanics 4,5 PHYS 121 5 NSc, RSN
Physics C: Mechanics 3 PHYS 101 5 NSc, RSN
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 4,5 PHYS 122 5 NSc, RSN
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 3 PHYS 102 5 NSc, RSN
Physics 1 4,5 PHYS 114, 117 4, 1 NSc, RSN
Physics 1 3 PHYS 101 5 NSc, RSN
Physics 2 4,5 PHYS 115, 118 5 NSc, RSN
Physics 2 3 PHYS 102 5 NSc, RSN
Physics 1 AND Physics 2 (both have qualifying scores) 4,5 PHYS 114, 117, 115, 118, 116, 119 4, 1, 4, 1, 4, 1 NSc, RSN


Psychology

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


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 A&H, FL
Spanish Language 4 SPAN 201, 202 5,5 A&H, FL
Spanish Language 3 SPAN 201 5 A&H, FL
Spanish Literature 5 SPAN 298 15 A&H, FL
Spanish Literature 4 SPAN 298 10 A&H, FL
Spanish Literature 3 SPAN 298 5 A&H, FL


Statistics

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