AP & Transfer Credit

International Examinations 


Several academic departments have established policies on MIT credit for high scores in some international examinations. See below for details on credit and reporting processes for A Levels, the International Baccalaureate (Higher Level only), the Cambridge Pre-U, the French Baccalauréat, and the Abitur. For exams not listed here, consult Advanced Placement staff for help in contacting appropriate academic departments. 

These policies are specific to the Class of 2022, and are subject to change for subsequent entering classes. 

MIT grants credit as follows:

Mathematics

Credit for 18.01, the first half of the Calculus General Institute Requirement, is granted for these scores:

  • A Levels: A grade of A*, A, or B in A Level Mathematics. For grades lower than B, or grades in Further Mathematics, no credit or placement is given.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): A score of 6 or 7 on the Mathematics HL exam. For scores lower than 6, no credit or placement is given.
  • Pre-U: No credit or placement is given for Pre-U Mathematics or Further Mathematics exams. To receive credit for Calculus I and/or Calculus II (18.01, 18.02), take the appropriate Advanced Standing Exams.
  • French Baccalauréat: Scores 10 through 20. For scores lower than 10, no credit or placement is given. 
  • Abitur: Scores 10 through 15. For scores lower than 10, no credit or placement is given.

Review

If you are given 18.01 credit and then take 18.01A (a variation of 18.01) for review purposes, your 12 units of 18.01 credit will convert to 3 units of unrestricted elective credit. In addition, you will receive 12 units of credit for a passing grade in 18.01A.

Physics

Credit for 8.01, the first half of the Physics General Institute Requirement, is granted for these scores:

  • A Levels: A grade of A* or A in A Level Physics. For grades lower than A, no credit or placement is given.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): A score of 7 on the Physics HL exam. For grades lower than 7, no credit or placement is given.
  • Pre-U: A grade of D1, D2, or D3 in Pre-U Physics. For grades lower than D3, no credit or placement is given.
  • French Baccalauréat: Scores 13 through 20. For scores lower than 13, no credit or placement is awarded. 
  • Abitur: A score of 10 through 15. For scores lower than 10, no credit or placement is given.

Placement and Review

Credit for 8.01 allows enrollment in 8.02 or 8.022 (Physics II).

If you earn 8.01 credit and then enroll in 8.012 (the advanced version of 8.01), the 12 units of credit initially given for 8.01 will convert to 6 units of unrestricted elective credit. You will also receive 12 units of credit for a passing grade in 8.012. 

Other Science Exams

No credit is given for scores on Biology, Chemistry, or Computer Science exams. You may earn credit by passing an MIT Advanced Standing Exam (ASE) during Orientation:

Biology and Chemistry offer more advanced versions of their GIR subjects to those with sufficient background. If you choose not to take the ASE (or do not pass it) you may register for one of these.

Non-Science Exams

MIT grants 9 units of unrestricted elective credit for high scores on exams in fields designated Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences at MIT. This credit cannot be used to satisfy any part of the HASS Requirement. Qualifying scores are:

  • A Levels: A grade of A* or A.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): A score of 7. No credit is given for IB exams in Business and Management or Information Technology in a Global Society, or for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge grades.
  • Pre-U: A grade of D1, D2, or D3. No credit is given for Pre-U exams in Business and Management or Sports Science.
  • French Baccalauréat: Scores 13 through 20. 
  • Abitur: A score of 10 through 15. 
  • Exceptions:
    • For a grade of A* or A in A Level Geography, or a grade of D1, D2, or D3 in Pre-U Geography, MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences will grant 3 units of unrestricted elective credit.
    • A grade of A* or A in the A Level, or a grade of D1, D2, or D3 in the Pre-U, Global Perspectives and Research exam earns 9 units of unrestricted elective credit. 
  • Communication Requirement: In addition to earning 9 units of unrestricted elective credit, a score of 7 on either the English A or B Higher Level IB exam places you in the "CI-H/CI-HW Required" category without taking the First Year Essay Evaluation (FEE). You are still required to take a Communication-Intensive subject (CI-HW or CI-H) during your first year as part of the Communication Requirement. You do, however, have a wider range of Communication-Intensive subjects to choose from than students who do not either submit a score of 7 or demonstrate competency in the FEE. Students with scores lower than 7 on either exam should take the FEE or plan to complete a CI-HW subject.

Repeating a Subject

Some students who receive international exam credit for Calculus I (18.01) or Physics I (8.01) register for a version of the same subject at MIT for review or enrichment. If you decide to do this, note the following:

  • You lose the international exam credit and you must pass the subject in order to meet the relevant General Institute Requirement.
  • Passing the repeated subject earns 12 units of credit plus varying amounts of unrestricted elective credit. See the Mathematics and Physics Review sections above for details.
  • Exam credit can be reinstated only if you drop the matching subject before Add Date (fifth week of the term).

Reporting Your Scores

Except for International Baccalaureate (IB) scores, to document your exam scores you must present an original, final, printed Certificate issued by an official examining authority. Bring this to AP staff in room 7-104 for photocopying and recording.

Final certificates for A Level and Pre-U scores are not usually issued until November following the June exams. In that case, bring your original, printed Statement of Results to room 7-104. Staff can record preliminary credit, but note that final credit cannot be applied to your degree requirements until staff see the original, final, printed Certificate.

IB scores are downloaded electronically once you release them to MIT. Use the Candidate Results Service. There is no need to send or bring a copy of your certificate or diploma. 

For More Information

Address questions not answered here regarding MIT's policies and procedures on credit for international exam scores to ap@mit.edu or 617-253-4164

For information about the use of international exam scores in Admission decisions, please visit the MIT Admissions website. We cannot answer questions about qualifications for admission to MIT.