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Advanced Placement (AP) Credit Chart

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Effective for Undergraduates Matriculating 2021-22

You can apply a maximum of 45 quarter units of advanced testing credit or coursework transfer credit toward your undergraduate degree. If you are considering applying for credit for AP exams, you should be aware of the following:

  • Subjects not listed on this chart are not eligible for AP credit. 
  • Scores of 4 or higher on language AP exams fulfill the language requirement. 
  • Stanford may remove credit for AP work from your record if your subsequent Stanford coursework duplicates AP credit course content.
  • If you take a Stanford course below the level of the placement course, Stanford removes the corresponding AP units from your student record.. Courses taken below the level of placement are considered duplicating courses. 
  • You may not receive duplicate unit credit for AP and IB exams in the same discipline. Stanford will remove AP credit from your student's record if you earn duplicate credit through the IB exam in the same discipline.
  • Stanford allows up to 10 units of credit per discipline for some of the AP exams.
  • You may not be awarded credit for more than one exam in the same subject type (excluding language and physics subject areas).
  • If you are a transfer student who has not met the 90 unit maximum with incoming transfer credit, you may request additional units in external test credit (e.g., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.) by submitting your scores directly to Stanford.

See below for charts (PDFs) from previous years.

SUBJECT SCORE PLACEMENT QUARTER UNITS DUPLICATING COURSES
Calculus AB (or AB subscore)1 5 Take placement diagnostic, see the Math Placement web site 6 MATH 19, 20
Calculus BC1 5 Take placement diagnostic, see the Math Placement web site 10 MATH 19, 20, 21
  4 Take placement diagnostic, see the Math Placement web site 6 MATH 19, 20
Chemistry 4 CHEM 31M, see the Chem Placement website 5 CHEM 31A
Chemistry 5 CHEM 33, see the Chem Placement website 102 CHEM 31A, 31B, 31M
Chinese Language & Culture3 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language 10 CHINLANG 1, 2, 3, 1A. 2A
Computer Science A 4,5 CS 106B or CS 106X 5 CS 101, 105, 106A
Computer Science Principles 4,5 CS 106A 5 CS 101, 105
French Language3 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language 10 FRENLANG 1, 2, 3, 1A, 2A
Italian Language & Culture3 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language 10 ITALLANG 1, 2, 3, 1A, 2A
German Language3 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language 10 GERLANG 1, 2, 3, 1A, 2A
Japanese Language & Culture3 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language 10 JAPANLNG 1, 2, 3, 1A, 2A
Latin (Literature or Vergil)3 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language 10 CLASSICS 1L, 2L, 3L
Physics C - Mechanics4 5 Placement diagnostic required. Contact the Physics Department for additional placement information 4 PHYSICS 21, 41
  4 Placement diagnostic required. Contact the Physics Department for additional placement information 4 PHYSICS 21
Physics C - Electricity and Magnetism4 5 Placement diagnostic required. Contact the Physics Department for additional placement information 4 PHYSICS 23,  43
  4 Placement diagnostic required. Contact the Physics Department for additional placement information 4 PHYSICS 23
Physics 1 & 2 - Both4,5 9,10 Placement diagnostic required. Contact the Physics Department for additional placement information 8 PHYSICS 21, 23
  8 Placement diagnostic required. Contact the Physics Department for additional placement information 4 PHYSICS 21
Spanish (Language)3 5 Take placement exam if continuing in this language 10 SPANLANG 1, 2, 3, 1A, 2A

1 Students are eligible for Calculus AB, BC, or subscore AB, however not a combination of the three. Students can only earn credit for one of the listed math exams.

2 Some students may prefer CHEM 31M and will be awarded only 5 units

3 A score of 4 or 5 on this test fulfills the Language Requirement. A score of 5 is required to receive 10 quarter units of credit.

4 Students are eligible for Physics B, Physics C (both), or Physics 1 & 2, however not a combination of the three. For more information on these exams, see the Physics Department's Physics Advanced Placement web site.

5 Students must have taken both Physics 1 & 2 to receive credit along with scoring a minimum of 4 on each exam. The standard rules apply such that students cannot receive credit for multiple exams taken within the same subject. The best score and or unit rate is applied to the transcript for Physics. If a student wants to have a certain Physics exam reflected on the transcript, the student should contact the Student Services Center.

Previous Years’ Charts (PDFs)