External Exam Credit and Waivers

The University of Pennsylvania may award credit or waivers (advanced course standing) to students who have taken Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other internationally recognized examinations prior to matriculation at Penn. Scores warranting University credit vary by department.

  • Matriculating students seeking credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams must have official score reports sent directly to the Office of the University Registrar by The College Board, code #2926. Scores included in your application to Penn need not be resent.
  • Matriculating students seeking credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams must have official score reports sent directly to Penn Admissions by the International Baccalaureate Organization.
  • Matriculating students seeking credit for A-Level exams must bring their original A-Level certificates to Penn Admissions in order to have their scores evaluated for credit.

The charts below provide guidance on how external exam scores, credits, and waivers can be applied to requirements within the Wharton undergraduate curriculum.¹ A full list of external exam credits and waivers can be found on the Penn Admissions website.

AP Exams: Credit, Waivers, and Requirement Fulfillment

AP credits from language exams or that do not count toward any other listed requirements (other than the language requirement) can be used to satisfy the unrestricted-elective requirement.

Exam/Subject
Score
Award
Wharton Requirement
AP Economics – Micro 5 ECON 0100² waiver BEPP 1000² (if student also has a waiver or credit for ECON 0200)
AP Economics – Macro 5 ECON 0200² waiver BEPP 1000 (if student also has a waiver or credit for ECON 0100)
AP French Language 5 FREN 1000 (FREN 202) Fulfills language requirement
AP French Language 3, 4 No credit Fulfills language requirement
AP German Language 5 GRMN 0400 (GRMN 104) Fulfills language requirement
AP Italian Language & Culture 5 ITAL 1000 (ITAL 201) Fulfills language requirement
AP Italian Language & Culture 3, 4 No credit Fulfills language requirement
AP Latin/Latin- Literature/Latin-Vergil 5 LATN 0400 (LATN 204) Fulfills language requirement
AP Latin/Latin- Literature/Latin-Vergil 4 No credit Fulfills language requirement
AP Math BC 5 MATH 1400 (MATH 104) MATH 1400/MATH 1100
AP Spanish Language 5 SPAN 1000 (SPAN 202) Fulfills language requirement
AP Spanish Language 3, 4 No credit Fulfills language requirement
AP Spanish Literature 5 SPAN 1200 (SPAN 212) Fulfills language requirement
AP Spanish Literature 3, 4 No credit Fulfills language requirement
AP Statistics 5 STAT 1010 waiver STAT 1010

² Note updated course numbers: BEPP 1000 replaces ECON 010 and ECON 0100 and ECON 0200 replace ECON 001 and 002 as of spring 2022.

IB Exams: Credit, Waivers, and Requirement Fulfillment

Please note that IB credits from language exams or that do not count toward any other listed requirements (other than the language requirement) can be used to satisfy the unrestricted-elective requirement.

Higher Level Exam
Score
Award
Wharton Requirement
IB Economics 7, 6 ECON 0100 and 0200² waivers BEPP 1000² (ECON 010)
IB French A 7, 6, 5 FREN 1212 (212) or Fulfills language requirement
IB French A 5 FREN 1000 (202) Fulfills language requirement
IB French B 7, 6 FREN 1000 (202) Fulfills language requirement
IB German A 7, 6, GRMN 2100 (203) Fulfills language requirement
IB German A 5 GRMN 0400 (104) Fulfills language requirement
IB German A 4 No credit Fulfills language requirement
IB German B 7, 6, 5, 4 GRMN 0400 (104) Fulfills language requirement
IB Latin 7 LATN 0400 (204) Fulfills language requirement
IB Latin 6 No credit Fulfills language requirement
IB Spanish A 7, 6, 5 SPAN 1200 (212) Fulfills language requirement
IB Spanish A 5 SPAN 1000 (202) Fulfills language requirement
IB Spanish B 7, 6 SPAN 1000 (202) Fulfills language requirement

² Note updated course numbers: BEPP 1000 replaces ECON 010 and ECON 0100 and ECON 0200 replace ECON 001 and 002 as of spring 2022.

A-Level Exams: Credit, Waivers, and Requirement Fulfillment

Please note that A-Level credits from language exams or that do not count toward any other listed requirements (other than the language requirement) can be used to satisfy the unrestricted-elective requirement.

Exam/Subject
Score
Award
Wharton Requirement
GCE Advanced (A) Level Economics A* or A ECON 0100 and 0200 waiver BEPP 1000
GCE Advanced (A) Level Greek A* or A GREK 0400 (204) Fulfills language requirement
GCE Advanced (A) Level Greek B No credit Fulfills language requirement
GCE Advanced (A) Level Latin A* or A LATN 0400 (204) Fulfills language requirement
GCE Advanced (A) Level Latin B No credit Fulfills language requirement

² Note updated course numbers: BEPP 1000 replaces ECON 010 and ECON 0100 and ECON 0200 replace ECON 001 and 002 as of spring 2022.

1 Starting with Advance Registration in spring 2022, all course numbers are changing from 3 to 4 numbers/characters.