Credit By Exam

The University of Wisconsin – Madison will treat examinations administered online due to COVID the same as exams taken in the traditional face-to-face format.
The university remains committed to granting students academic credit for the successful completion of their examinations and will continue to accept subject area scores as before. We appreciate students’ efforts to do their best under the circumstances and look forward to welcoming new Badgers this year.

What Credit Is Awarded?

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Advanced Placement (AP)

We award course exemptions and college credit to students with exam scores of 3, 4, or 5. To earn AP credit, students must have their official AP grade report sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment from the College Board. Our AP code is 1846. Review the chart below to see how AP credit will be awarded.

AP Exam Score Credits Course Gen Ed Breadth Level
Art Studio -2-D Design 3-5 3 GEN ELCT X12 E
Art Studio – 3-D Design 3-5 3 GEN ELCT X12 E
Art Studio – Drawing Portfolio 3-5 3 GEN ELCT X12 E
Art History 3 3 HUMNTIES X11 H E
4-5 4 ART HIST X14 H E
Biology 3 3 BIO SCI X01 B E
4-5 5 ZOOLOGY 151 B E
Calculus AB or AB sub score* 3 3 MATH X03 QR-A N I
4-5 5 MATH 221 QR-B N I
Calculus BC* 3 3 MATH X03 QR-A N I
4-5 9 MATH 221 and 222 QR-B N I
Chemistry 3 3 CHEM X15 P E
4-5 3 CHEM 103 P E
Chinese 3 2 ASIALANG X10 E
4-5 4 ASIALANG X10 E
Comp Sci A 3-5 3 COMP SCI 200 QR-B N E
Computer Science Principles 3 3 GEN ELCT X12 E
4-5 3 COMP SCI 202 QR-A N E
Econ Macro 3 3 GEN ELCT X12 E
4-5 4 ECON 102 S E
Econ Micro 3 3 GEN ELCT X12 E
4-5 4 ECON 101 QR-B S E
English Lang & Comp 3 3 ENGL X02 E
4-5 3 ENGL X04 COMM A E
English Literature & Comp 3 3 LIT X10 L E
4-5 3 ENGL X25 COMM A L E
Environmental Science 3-5 3 BIO SCI X12 B E
French Language 3 4 FRENCH 203 I
4 4 FRENCH 204 I
5 4 FRENCH 228 I
French Literature 3 3 FRENCH X13 I
4-5 4 FRENCH 271 L I
German Language 3 3 GERMAN X13 I
4-5 3 GERMAN 249 I
Comparative Government and Politics 3 3 POLI SCI X20 S E
4-5 4 POLI SCI 120 S E
US Government and Politics 3 3 POLI SCI X20 S E
4-5 4 POLI SCI 104 S E
European History 3 3 GEN ELCT X12 E
4-5 3 HISTORY X13 E
US History 3 3 GEN ELCT X12 E
4-5 3 HISTORY X13 E
World History 3 3 GEN ELCT X12 E
4-5 3 HISTORY X13 E
Human Geography 3 3 GEOG X12 E
4-5 3 GEOG X22 S E
Italian Language 3-4 4 ITALIAN 204 I
5 4 ITALIAN 452 I
Japanese 3 2 ASIALANG X10 E
4-5 4 ASIALANG X10 E
Latin Literature 3-5 8 LATIN 103 and 104 E
Latin Vergil 3-5 8 LATIN 103 and 104 E
Music Theory 3-5 3 MUSIC 151 H E
Physics 1+ 3 3 PHYSICS X15 P E
4-5 4 PHYSICS 103 QR-B P E
Physics 2+ 3 3 PHYSICS X15 P E
4-5 4 PHYSICS 104 P E
Physics C Electric and Magnetism + 3 3 PHYSICS X15 P E
4-5 5 PHYSICS  208 P I
Physics C Mechanics + 3 3 PHYSICS X15 P E
4-5 5 PHYSICS  207 QR-B P I
Psychology 3 3 PSYCH X19 S E
4-5 3 PSYCH 202 S E
Research 3-5 3 GEN ELCT X10
Seminar 3-5 3 GEN ELCT X12 E
Spanish Language 3-4 4 SPANISH 204 I
5 3 SPANISH 226 A
Spanish Literature 3 4 SPANISH 204 I
4-5 3 SPANISH 224 L I
Statistics 3 3 STAT X10 E
4-5 3 STAT 301 QR-B N I

* A maximum of 9 credits will be awarded between AP Calculus AB, AB Subscore, and BC.

+ Students may earn credit for either AP Physics 1 & 2 or AP Physics EM & M, but not both.

Advanced Level (A-Level)

NOTE: The university will grant academic credit for students’ final A-Level results in 2020 as we have in previous years.

In many cases, students may receive advanced standing credit for some A-Level exams. After a student has been admitted, Credit Evaluation Services will perform an official evaluation of credit for A-Level exam results. In order to grant the credit, we require an official copy of the Statement of Provisional Results from the examination board. Credits will not be posted from internal school transcripts. Review the chart below to see how A-Level credit will be awarded. Examinations not listed in this chart will be evaluated by Credit Evaluation Services for appropriate advanced standing credit.

AQA A Level Subject Score Credits Course Gen Ed Breadth Level
Chemistry A-D 9 CHEM 103 and 104 P E
E 5 CHEM 103 P E
Drama & Theatre A-E 4 THEATRE X18 L E
English Literature A-E 10 ENGLISH X19 L E
French A-E 6 French 227 and 228 I
German A-E 3 GERMAN X19 L I
Physics A-E 8 PHYSICS 103 and 104 QR-B P E
Psychology A-E 8 PSYCH 202 (4 cr) or PSYCH X15 (4 cr) S E
Statistics A-E 3 Statistics 301 QR-A N I
Caribbean CAPE Subject Score Credit Course Gen Ed Breadth Level
Biology Unit 2 1-3 5 ZOOLOGY 151 B E
Chemistry Unit 2 1-3 9 CHEM 103 and 104 P E
Computer Science Unit 2 1-3 4 COMP SCI 368 and COMP SCI X13 I
Economics Unit 2 1-3 8 ECON 101 and 102 QR-B S E
4-5 6 GEN ELCT X10
Pure Math Unit 2 1-3 14 MATH 114,
MATH 221,
and MATH 222
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Malaysian STPM Subject Score Credits Course Gen Ed Breadth Level
Accounting NO CREDIT
Biology A-D 10 ZOOLOGY 151 and
BIOSCI X12
B E
Chemistry A-C 9 CHEM 103 and 104 P E
D 4 CHEM 103 P E
Malay A-D 6 ASIAN X12 and
ASIAN X13
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Mathematics T A-D 10 MATH 114 and
MATH 221
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OCR A-Level Subject Score Credits  

Course

Gen Ed Breadth Level
Biology A-E 10 BOTANY 130 and Zoology 101 & 102 B E
Chemistry A-D 9 CHEM 103 and 104 P E
E 4 CHEM 103 P E
Mathematics A-E 5 MATH 221 QR-B N I
Media Studies A-E 6 JOURN X14 E
Psychology A-E 8 PSYCH 202 (4 cr)
PSYCH X15 (4 cr)
S E
Religious Studies A-E 3 RELIG ST X15 H E
Spanish A-E 8 SPAN 204 and 226 I
Singapore Cambridge A-Level Subject Score Credits  

Course

Gen Ed Breadth Level
Biology H2 A-E 10 BOTANY 130 and ZOOLOGY 101 & 102 B E
Chemistry H2 A-D 9 CHEM 103 and 104 P E
E 4 CHEM 103 P E
English H2 A-E 6 ENGL X19 L E
Economics H2 A-E 8 ECON 101 and 102 QR-B S E
Further Math H2 A-E 5 MATH X15 N I
Geography H2 A-E 10 GEOG X18 (5 cr)
GEOG X22 (5 cr)
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History H2 A-E 10 HIST X29 Z E
Mathematics H2 A-E 5 MATH 221 QR-B N I
Physics H2 A-E 8 PHYSICS 103 and 104 QR-B P E
University of Cambridge CIE A-Level Subject Score Credits  

Course

Gen Ed Breadth Level
Accounting A-E 3 ACCT IS 100
Biology A-E 10 BOTANY 130 and ZOOLOGY 101 & 102 B E
Chemistry A-D 9 CHEM 103 and 104 P E
E 4 CHEM 103 P E
Computer Science A-E 3 COMP SCI 202 QR-A N E
Economics A-E 8 ECON 101 and 102 QR-B S E
Further Math A-E 5 MATH X15 N I
Geography A-E 10 GEOG X18 (5 cr)
GEOG X22 (5 cr)
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History A-E 10 HIST X29 Z E
Mathematics A-E 5 MATH 221 QR-B N I
Physics A-E 8 PHYSICS 103 and 104 QR-B P E
Psychology A-E 8 PSYCH 202 (4 cr)
PSYCH X15 (4 cr)
S E
University of London-Edexcel A-Level Subject Score Credits Course Gen Ed Breadth Level
Accounting A-E 3 ACCT I S 100
Biology A-E 10 BOTANY 130 and ZOOLOGY 101 & 102 B E
Chemistry A-D 9 CHEM 103 and 104 P E
E 4 CHEM 103 P E
Computer Science NO CREDIT
Economics A-E 8 ECON 101 and 102 QR-B S E
English Literature A-E 10 ENGL X19 and
ENGL X21
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Further Mathematics A-E 5 MATH X15 QR-B N I
Geography A-E 10 GEOG X18 (5 cr)
GEOG X22 (5 cr)
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Government and Politics A-E 4 POLI SCI X20 S E
History A-E 10 HISTORY X29 Z E
Mathematics A-E 5 MATH 221 QR-B N I
Physics A-E 8 PHYSICS 103 and 104 QR-B P E

* No credit granted for grades of “F.”
* No credit granted for AS-Levels.
* No credit granted for CAPE single unit/Unit 1.
* No credit granted for Singapore-Cambridge H1 and H3 Levels.
* No credit granted for Sri Lankan A-Levels.

Cambridge Pre-U

Cambridge Pre-U may be considered for possible advanced standing credit. Certificates with subject grades of D1 – M3 and P1 (Distinction 1,2,3 , Merit 1,2,3 and Pass 1) would be required for advanced standing credit consideration in appropriate Principal Subjects. These standards are tentative and are subject to change. Note: No advanced standing credit is granted for Cambridge Pre-U GPR. Principal Subject examinations are optional and not required for entrance.

Cambridge Pre-U Subject Credits Course Gen Ed Breadth Level
Art & Design 3-4 ART 448
Art History 4 ART HIST 201 H E
4 ART HIST 202 H E
Business & Management 3 M H R 300
Chemistry (Grades P2 & P3 only) 4 CHEM 103 P E
Chemistry (Grades D1-M3) 4 CHEM 103 P E
5 CHEM 104 P E
Mathematics 5
Further Mathematics 5 MATH 221 QR-B N I
Psychology 3 PSYCH 202 S E

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Results of IB examinations are evaluated for academic credit. Advanced standing credit is awarded for higher level (HL) exams only. Students who receive an IB Diploma with a minimum score of 28 are eligible for 3 additional elective credits. IB transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment from the International Baccalaureate Organization. Review the chart below to see how IB credit will be awarded.

IB Higher Level Exam Score Credits Course Gen Ed Breadth Level
Biology 4-7 5 ZOOLOGY 151 B E
Business Management 4-7 3 GEN BUS X10
Chemistry 4 or 5 4 CHEM 103 P E
6 or 7 9 CHEM 103 and CHEM 104 P E
Chinese A: Literature 4-7 6 ASIAN X19 L A
Chinese A: Language and Literature 4-7 6 ASIAN X19 L A
Chinese B: Mandarin 4-7 6 ASIAN X16 A
Computer Science 4-7 3 COMP SCI 200 QR-B N E
Design Technology 4-7 3 GEN ELCT X12 E
Economics 4-7 8 ECON 101 and ECON 102 QR-B S E
English A: Language and Literature 4 3 ENGL X25 COMM A L E
5-7 6 ENGL X19 and ENGL X25 COMM A L E
English B 4-7 6 ENGL X02 E
French A: Literature 4-7 6 FRENCH X17 L A
French A: Language and Literature 4-7 6 FRENCH X17 L A
French B 4-7 6 FRENCH X10 A
Geography 4-7 8 GEOG 104 and GEOG 127 S, P E
German A: Literature  4-7  6  GERMAN X17  L  A 
German A: Language and Literature  4-7 6  GERMAN X17  L  A 
German B  4-7 6  GERMAN X10  A 
Global Politics 4-7 4 POLI SCI 120 S E
History 4-7 6 HISTORY X24 S E
Indonesian A: Literature  4-7  6  ASIAN X19  L  A 
Indonesian B  4-7  6  ASIAN X16  A 
IT in a Global Society 4-7 3 COMP SCI X12 E
Italian A: Literature  4-7 6  ITALIAN X16  L  A 
Italian A: Language and Literature  4-7 6  ITALIAN X16  L  A 
Italian B  4-7 6  ITALIAN X10  A 
Japanese A: Literature  4-7 6  ASIAN X19  L  A 
Japanese A: Language and Literature  4-7 6  ASIAN X19  L  A 
Japanese B  4-7 6  ASIAN X16  A 
Korean A: Literature  4-7 6  ASIAN X19  L  A 
Korean A: Language and Literature  4-7 6  ASIAN X19  L  A 
Korean B  4-7  6  ASIAN X16  A 
Latin  4-7 6  LATIN X12  L  A 
Math 4-7 5 MATH 221 QR-B N I
Math with Further Math 4-7 9 MATH 221 and MATH 222 QR-B N I
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches 4 3 MATH X03 QR-A N I
5-7 5 MATH 221 QR-B N I
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation 4 3 MATH X03 QR-A N I
5-7 5 MATH 211 QR-B N I
Music 4-7 3 MUSIC X14 E
Philosophy 4-7 4 PHILOS 101 Z E
Physics 4-7 8 PHYSICS 103 and PHYSICS 104 QR-B P E
Portuguese A:   Literature  4-7 6  PORTUG X12  L  A 
Portuguese A: Language and Literature  4-7 6  PORTUG X12  L  A 
Portuguese B  4-7 6  PORTUG X10  A 
Psychology 4-7 4 PSYCH 202 S E
Social Anthropology 4-7 3 ANTHRO 104 e S E
Spanish A: Literature  4-7 6  SPANISH X17  L  A 
Spanish A: Language and Literature  4-7 6  SPANISH X17  L  A 
Spanish B  4-7 6  SPANISH X10  A 
Theatre Arts 4-7 3 THEATRE X11 E
Visual Arts 4-7 3 GEN ELCT X12 E

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP allows students who have gained knowledge through independent study, advanced high school courses, noncredit adult courses, or professional development to take examinations for possible college credit. Students must earn a minimum score of 65 and take CLEP exams before completing 16 semester hours of college credit in order to receive credit. Review the chart below to see how CLEP credit will be awarded.

CLEP Exam Min. Score Credits Course Gen Ed Breadth Level
American Government 65 3 POLI SCI X20 S E
American Literature 65 3 ENGL X19 L E
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 65 3 ENGL X19 L E
Biology 65 3 BIO SCI X12 B E
Calculus 65 3 MATH X12 E
English Literature 65 3 ENGL X19 L E
Humanities 65 3 HUMNTIES X11 H E
Principles of Macroeconomics 65 3 ECON X16 S E
Principles of Microeconomics 65 3 ECON X16 S E
Natural Sciences 65 3 NATSCI X11 N E
Introduction to Psychology 65 3 PSYCH X19 S E
Social Sciences and History 65 3 SOC ST X11 S E
Introduction to Sociology 65 3 SOC X17 S E

Key

Gen Ed Breadth Level
COMM A Communications A B Biological Sciences E Elementary
COMM B Communications B H Humanities I Intermediate
E Ethnic Studies L Literature A Advanced
QR-A Quantitative Reasoning A N Natural Sciences
QR-B Quantitative Reasoning B P Physical Sciences
S Social Sciences
W Social or Natural Sciences
X Humanities or Natural Sciences
Y Biological or Social Sciences
Z Humanities or Social Sciences