International Examinations


Several academic departments have established policies on MIT credit for high scores in certain 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 2023 and are subject to change for subsequent entering classes. 

A-LEVELS

  • Biology: No credit is given for the A-Level Biology exam. 
  • Chemistry: No credit is given for the A-Level Chemistry exam. 
  • Computer Science: No credit is given for the A-Level Computer Science exam.
  • Geography: A grade of A* or A will grant you 3 units of unrestricted elective credit.
  • Mathematics: A grade of A* or A, as well as demonstrating sufficient mastery of basic skills on the Math Diagnostic Exam (offered during Orientation) will grant you credit for 18.01.
  • Physics: A grade of A* or A will grant you credit for 8.01.
  • Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences: A grade of A* or A on applicable exams will grant you 9 units of unrestricted elective credit for each exam

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) Higher Level Exams Only

  • Biology: No credit is given for the IB Biology exam. 
  • Chemistry: No credit is given for the IB Chemistry exam. 
  • Computer Science: No credit is given for the IB Information Technology in a Global Society examination.
  • Mathematics: A score of 7, as well as demonstrating sufficient mastery of basic skills on the Math Diagnostic Exam (offered during Orientation) will grant you credit for 18.01.
  • Physics: A score of 7 will grant you credit for 8.01.
  • Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences: A score of 7 on applicable exams will grant you 9 units of  unrestricted elective credit for each exam.

CAMBRIDGE PRE-U EXAMS

  • Biology: No credit is given for the Pre-U Biology exam. 
  • Chemistry: No credit is given for the Pre-U Chemistry exam.
  • Geography: A grade of A* or A will grant you 3 units of unrestricted elective credit.
  • Mathematics: No credit is given for Pre-U Mathematics or Further Mathematics exams. 
  • Physics: A grade of D3, D2, or D1 in Pre-U Physics will grant you credit for 8.01.
  • Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences: A grade of D3, D2, or D1 in applicable Pre-U examinations will grant you 9 units of unrestricted elective credit for each exam.

FRENCH BACCALAURÉAT: 

  • Biology: No credit is given for the A-Level Biology exam. 
  • Chemistry: No credit is given for the A-Level Chemistry exam.
  • Mathematics: Scores 16 through 20, as well as demonstrating sufficient mastery of basic skills on the Math Diagnostic Exam (offered during Orientation) will grant you credit for 18.01. For scores lower than 16, no credit or placement is given. 
  • Physics: Scores 13 through 20. For scores lower than 13, no credit or placement is awarded.
  • Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences: Scores 13 through 20 will grant you 9 units of unrestricted elective credit for each exam.

ABITUR: 

  • Biology: No credit is given for the A-Level Biology exam. 
  • Chemistry: No credit is given for the A-Level Chemistry exam. 
  • Mathematics: Scores 10 through 15, as well as demonstrating sufficient mastery of basic skills on the Math Diagnostic Exam (offered during Orientation) will grant you credit for 18.01.. For scores lower than 10, no credit or placement is given.
  • Physics: A score of 13 through 15. For scores lower than 13, no credit or placement is given.
  • Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences: A score of 13 through 15 will grant you 9 units of unrestricted elective credit for each exam.

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 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.