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Advanced Placement (AP)

The UW encourages and applauds participation in AP as part of the high school curriculum. These courses are challenging and demanding, and we believe they provide excellent preparation for university study.

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 are admitted to 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, date of birth, and Social Security Number with the College Board in the exact same way you identify, or expect to identify, yourself on your UW application.

AP credit policies

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. For exams where departmental equivalencies are not awarded for a score of 3, UW general elective credit may be granted at the request of the student; contact the Admissions Office for information.

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.

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AP Credit & Placement

Art

AP Subject: Art History
Score: 3, 4 | Credit/Placement: ART H 100 (5 cr.)
Score: 5 | Credit/Placement: ART H 100 (10 cr.)
Additional Information: Art history elective credit. See Art adviser for placement. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.


AP Subject: Studio Art
Score: – | Placement only. See Art adviser

Biology

AP Subject: Biology
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: BIOL 161-162 (10 cr.)
Additional Information: First two quarters of general biology. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation.

Calculus

AP Subject: Calculus AB
Score: 2 | Credit/Placement: Placement only into MATH 124
Additional Information: Placement into first quarter of calculus.


AP Subject: Calculus AB
Score: 3, 4 | Credit/Placement: MATH 124 (5 cr.)
Score: 5 | Placement/Credit: MATH 124, 125 (10 cr.)
Additional Information: First quarter of calculus. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.


AP Subject: Calculus BC
Score: 2 (in conjunction with a subgrade of 3, 4, or 5)| Credit/Placement: MATH 124 (5 cr.)
Score: 3 | Credit/Placement: MATH 124 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: First quarter of calculus. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.


AP Subject: Calculus BC
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: MATH 124, 125 (10 cr.)
Additional Information: First two quarters of calculus. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.

Chemistry

AP Subject: Chemistry
Score: 3 | Credit/Placement: CHEM 142 (5)
Score: 4 | Credit/Placement: CHEM 142, 152 (5, 5)
Score: 5 | Credit/Placement: CHEM 142, 152, 162 (5, 5, 5)
Additional Information: General chemistry for science and engineering majors. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. CHEM 142 also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Note: Students with AP scores of 3, 4 or 5 who plan to major in chemistry or biochemistry are strongly encouraged to discuss the option of enrolling in the honors introductory chemistry sequence, Chem 145-165, with the undergraduate advisers in the Chemistry Department.

Chinese Language

AP Subject: Chinese Language
Score: 3, 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: CHIN 133, 231, 232 (5, 10, 15 cr. respectively)
Additional Information: Courses are parallel to CHIN 103, 201, 202; cannot earn credit for both sequences. Credit for 133,231,232 does not imply placement into specific CHIN courses. No credit awarded for native speakers of Chinese. CHIN 133 satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences. CHIN 231, 232 counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Computer Science

AP Subject: Computer Science A
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: CSE 142 (4 cr.)
Additional Information: Computer programming for science/engineering students. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.


AP Subject: Computer Science AB
Score: 3, 4 | Credit/Placement: CSE 142 (4 cr.)
Score: 5 | Credit/Placement: CSE 142, 143 (4, 5 cr.)
Additional Information: Computer programming for engineering and science students. This exam is no longer offered. Counts toward Natural World general education requirements for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.


AP Subject: Computer Science Principles
Score: 3, 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: CSE 120 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Fundamental concepts of computer science. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.

Economics

AP Subject: Economics: Micro
Score: 3 | Credit/Placement: ECON elective (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.


AP Subject: Economics: Micro
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: ECON 200 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Introduction to Microeconomics. Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.


AP Subject: Economics: Macro
Score: 3 | Credit/Placement: ECON elective (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.


AP Subject: Economics: Micro
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: ECON 201 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Introduction to Macroeconomics. Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.

English

AP Subject: Language & Composition
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: ENGL 190 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: AP English. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Credit policies for students entering the UW summer 2003 or earlier


AP Subject: Literature & Composition
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: ENGL 191 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: AP English. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Credit policies for students entering the UW summer 2003 or earlier

Environmental Science

AP Subject: Environmental Science
Score: 3, 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: ESRM 100 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Introduction to environmental science. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation.

European History

AP Subject: European History
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: HSTEU 113 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Western Civilization history survey (modern). Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.

French

AP Subject: French Language
Score: 3, 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: FRENCH 201, 202, 203 (5, 10, 15 cr. respectively)
Additional Information: Intermediate French. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences. No credit awarded for native speakers of French.


AP Subject: French Literature
Score: 3, 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: FRENCH 198 (5, 10, 15 cr. respectively)
Additional Information: French credit at the second-year college level. This exam is no longer offered. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.

German

AP Subject: German Language
Score: 3, 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: GERMAN 201, 202, 203 (5, 10, 15 cr. respectively)
Additional Information: Intermediate German. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences. No credit awarded for native speakers of German.

Government and Politics

AP Subject: American Government and Politics
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: POL S 202 (5cr.)
Additional Information: American politics. Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.


AP Subject: Comparative Government and Politics
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: POL S 204 (5cr.)
Additional Information: Comparative politics. Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.

Human Geography

AP Subject: Human Geography
Score: 3, 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: GEOG 100 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Introduction to geography. Counts toward Individuals and Societies general education requirement for graduation.

Italian

AP Subject: Italian Language & Culture
Score: 3, 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: ITAL 201, 202, 203 (5, 10, 15 cr. respectively)
Additional Information: Intermediate Italian. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences. No credit awarded for native speakers of Italian.

Japanese

AP Subject: Japanese Language
Score: 3, 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: JAPAN 133, 231, 232 (5, 10, 15 cr. respectively)
Additional Information: Courses are parallel to JAPAN 113, 211, 212; cannot earn credit for both sequences. JAPAN 133 satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences. JAPAN 231, 232 counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences. Credit for 133,231,232 does not imply placement into specific JAPAN courses. No credit awarded for native speakers of Japanese.

Latin

AP Subject: Latin Literature
Score: 3 | Credit/Placement: LATIN 103 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Third quarter of elementary Latin. This exam is no longer offered. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.


AP Subject: Latin Literature
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: LATIN 305, 306 (10 cr.)
Additional Information: Latin literature courses. This exam is no longer offered. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.


AP Subject: Latin: Vergil
Score: 3 | Credit/Placement: LATIN 103 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Third quarter of elementary Latin. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.


AP Subject: Latin: Vergil
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: LATIN 305, 307 (10 cr.)
Additional Information: Latin literature courses. This exam is no longer offered. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.


AP Subject: Latin Literature and Latin: Vergil
Score: 3 | Credit/Placement: LATIN 103 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Third quarter of elementary Latin. This exam is no longer offered. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.


AP Subject: Latin Literature and Latin: Vergil
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: LATIN 305, 306, 307 (15 cr.)
Additional Information: Latin literature courses. This exam is no longer offered. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Music

AP Subject: Music Theory
Score: – | None awarded. See Music adviser for placement.

Physics

AP Subject: Physics 1
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: PHYS 114/117 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: First quarter of 1st year general physics sequence. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.


AP Subject: Physics 2
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: PHYS 115/118 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Second quarter of 1st year general physics sequence. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.


AP Subject: Physics 1 & 2
Score: 4, 5 on BOTH exams | Credit/Placement: PHYS 114/117, 115/118, 116/119 (15 cr.)
Additional Information: First year general physics sequence. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.


AP Subject: Physics B
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: PHYS 114/117, 115/118, 116/119 (15 cr.)
Additional Information: First year general physics sequence. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.

The Physics B exam is no longer offered.


AP Subject: Physics C: Mechanics
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: PHYS 121 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: First quarter of engineering physics sequence. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.


AP Subject: Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
Score: 4, 5 | Credit/Placement: PHYS 122 (5 cr.)
Additional Information: Second quarter of engineering physics sequence. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.